“There’s no destination. The journey is all that there is, and it can be very, very joyful.”
You may have seen from my last few posts that Hub and I were away during September on a magnificent tour of the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides. Now that we are back, we have started to reflect on our experience. I think it will take a while completely to sink in. We have never been away from home for such a long time. Nor have we previously stayed at length in very remote places which are such a contrast to living in a city.
The starting point has been an initial review of our photographs. We took over 3,000 between us, so there is a great deal of material to absorb and process. But what a great way to refresh our memories about all the various places we visited and our experiences.
This map gives a sense of the initial part of our journey, from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye (click to enlarge):
We left Edinburgh in all its early-Autumnal glory…..
…and crossed Scotland through some stunning countryside, as you can see from this gallery. These photos were all taken as we were going along in the car, so please forgive the odd reflection. I love the expansive skies, the brooding mountain slopes and the contrasting colours created by the sun shining on certain parts of the landscape:
We were not the only ones taking this journey. Glencoe in particular is a Mecca for tourists. Here’s a shot of the congestion around a particularly beautiful viewing spot. It seemed rather incongruous to be part of this convoy in the midst of all the sweeping mountains and glens. Most of the time, though, we had the roads pretty much to ourselves.
One of my favourite parts of this journey is the view of the bridge from the mainland to the Isle of Skye, with the Cuillin mountain range in the background:
When we arrived at our holiday property, we were amazed to have such a good view of the Cuillin peaks, this time from the ‘island side’!
What a spectacular way this journey was to begin our island odyssey. 🙂
PS: you may have noticed that I am trying out a new blog theme. It’s nice to have a change from time to time. I’d love to hear what you think of it.