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The Joy of Giving (His ‘n’ Hers Part III)

This weekend, Hub and I got in early with two of our favourite Christmassy things to do.  I was on book duty; Hub was on food…..

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The Blackwells’ Children’s Giving Tree project is a wonderful initiative.  It provides an opportunity for children in difficult or unfortunate circumstances to receive a book of their choice – either one they have specified, or if they prefer, an age-appropriate surprise.  You can read more about it in this super student-paper article.

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A Scottish Journey VI – the final leg of our trip

We found the most wonderful place as the last area to visit on our Scottish tour – the northern headland of Tarbat Peninsular, majestically dominated by the Tarbat Ness Lighthouse.

The lighthouse itself is not open to the public, but there is plenty to see all around.  Here are some highlights for you:

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As you can see, this area is a feast for the eyes: stunning views; interesting geology; beautiful wild flowers.  It is also wonderful for the other senses too:  fresh smelling, clean air; warm, light breezes on one’s skin; and plenty of trilling and warbling bird song.

Of course, I recognise that we were (at last) supremely lucky with the weather for this visit.  There would be no need of a lighthouse if there were never any storms!

How fortunate we are to live within striking distance of such lovely places.  It took us only about  three hours to get home from Tain, back to the busy city of Edinburgh.  It always takes a bit of getting used to other cars on the roads, and people on the pavements.  Edinburgh is a very comfortable size, a very ‘human’ city as one friend puts it.  But it is nevertheless a complete contrast with other parts of Scotland.  It is fabulous to be able to experience both. 🙂

A Scottish Journey V

Ater visiting Wick recently, Hub and I travelled south to the town of Tain which we used as a base for the last part of our trip.  For Hub this was, at last, a break from work, giving him a couple of days for a well-earned rest.

One particular treat for him was a trip to the nearby whisky distillery of Glenmorangie, which nestles in a very beautiful coastal setting.  We had a very interesting tour of the works, with a tasting at the end.  Well, it would have been rude not to buy anything after that….

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A Scottish Journey IV

Following on from my last ‘Scottish Journey’ post, I left you all with a glimpse of the North East Scottish fishing town of Wick incorporating the historic town of Pulteney.

I had a couple of hours to explore this interesting area while Hub was working.

I love looking around harbours, with all the different boats, birds and coastal sights.  Wick provided plenty of all these things.  Here is a taster:

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A Scottish Journey III

The journey across the Highlands of Scotland is breathtaking.  You may know from my last post that Hub and I travelled last week from the port of Ullapool on the west mainland to the north east town of Wick, a former Viking settlement and once a very busy fishing port.

Here are some images of this leg of our trip, once again taken from the car:

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As you can see, the landscape is stunningly beautiful – a feast for the eyes wherever one looks.

As with our previous stops, we had only a short time in Wick, but it was long enough for me to have a good look around while Hub was in a meeting.  I have tons of photos so will devote a single post to this lovely area in my next ‘Scottish Journey’ post.  In the meantime, here is a taster of things to come.  This shot was taken from a headland to which one could walk, looking back on the town of Wick and its lovely harbour:

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A Scottish Journey II

At the end of my post yesterday, I left you with a view of the bridge connecting the Scottish mainland with the Isle of Skye, the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides.

Hub and I were on Skye for less than 24 hours.  It is one of our most favourite places, so even such a short visit was welcome.

We were able to fit in a short visit to the village of Kyleakin – this is the first settlement to be found on arrival over the bridge on the east coast of the island.  It is a lovely spot, although once again the weather was not too kind to us.  So I don’t have very many photos.  But here are views of the bridge from the other side of the water (Kyle Akin), and the broader bay, looking back across to the northwest Scottish mainland town of Kyle of Lochalsh.

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