Too much reading – too many childhood renditions of castles, hills (moors – even better!), heather in the mist, layers of earth, sky and sea in various shades of turquoise, purple and grey… all that I imagined Scotland to be.
From the moment our plane touched down that first day in Glasgow and we boarded a bus that would take us from the airport to our hotel in Oban… Scotland did NOT disappoint.
Or maybe it was just a re-awakening of encoded DNA responding to being back in the homeland. (The collective unconsciousness of all those Scots-Irish ancestors of mine who emigrated from Scotland to Canada and down into Wisconsin… now tingling in recognition, like a body part that’s been asleep too long.)
The bus ride from Glasgow made its first stop in Inveraray – a village complete with a distillery (no, we didn’t sample; we were there to get rid of liquids, not add more – if you get my meaning!) and a cross stolen centuries ago from Iona by Clan McLean and brought inland as revenge.
That stop was my first inkling that no matter where you point a camera in Scotland, you can’t help but get a terrific picture.
The road took us past Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park,
through Scotland’s timber region.
and even through a valley with three lochs (lakes)
complete with its own charming history
of being created
by the footsteps of giants!
Sunshine, walking and fresh air worked their magic – and by supper, I was infinitely better.
I was sorry this artist wasn’t in her studio
or I suspect a print of her work might have come home with me.
I loved how she combined a unique feature of the town
and captured the earth, sea and sky.
This image will have to do -
and I certainly can't argue about the price.
After a 3 course meal
and another brief walk
along the street in front of the hotel,
I was more than ready for sleep!
Thus endeth the first day!
(Don’t worry; I won’t take you blow by blow through ALL my days… but I’ve never done a travelogue before and I’m trying to find the right pace!)
Besides, what else am I going to do with some of the 900+ pictures I took – if not show them to you?
YOU DO realize these posts cover
the WHAT and the WHERE;
the impact of all of it will come later –
as soon as I finish processing it!