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2017 – Spring heading for Summer

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In the Isle of Harris Distillery

In the Isle of Harris Distillery

We are well into Spring now, the light evenings are with us and all the wild flowers are beginning to show – gorse bushes and bluebells providing the main colour.  Most of my summer dates are taken and I am trying to fit in some personal time.  I managed to spend a few days away re-charging my batteries in the remote island of Muck in early May.  Stunning weather and a beautiful small gem of an island.  Already I have a few tours gone by with some lovely people. One highlight was taking Rosie and Tom Sperry to St Andrews.  Tom was in his element looking at the hallowed greens of the Old Course while eating delicious fish and chips at a window table in the Clubhouse.  Bliss!  This is what I love doing – finding what the visitors enjoy and trying to help them visit what interests them.

Soon I will head off on one of my  Wayfarers  walks. This is a walking tour company which employs me to help with their Scottish walks. This particular walk involves travelling up to the top of the Cairngorm mountains (assisted by funicular railway and with amazing views), walking in the Perthshire hills then back to Edinburgh to explore the city.  It is always great fun with lovely people and I look forward to it every year.

2016 was a very busy year and my last tour with Carol Kracht and her dog-loving friends was great.  It gave me the opportunity to enjoy the sheepdog demos by Neil Ross at Leault Farm near Kincraig.  The rapport he has with his dogs is truly remarkable.  Even 5 week old puppies respond to him.  However, it was a busy year and this year I am going to take some personal time as well as doing my tours.  There are places I want to go as well, though in my opinion, it is hard to beat Scotland.

Last year I visited the island of Skye several times, went over to Mull and also further afield to the Outer Hebrides and the islands of Lewis and Harris.  In August I had the pleasure of driving the NC500 (North Coast 500).  Stunning scenery and unbelievable geology but you do have to book your accommodation well in advance.  Much of the work continues to come through the website, some through word of mouth, some through agents and, occasionally, Trip Advisor!

Outlander has already featured in several tours this year.  Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander was sadly not shown on TV in the UK (no idea why) but I purchased the full set of DVDs of season one and enjoyed it very much.  (Looking forward to catching up with the rest).  It is good to see a series on Scotland with authentic costume, landscape, accents, language and music.  A lot of good research has gone into making this.  My Outlander page is up and running with photos of Lallybroch, Castle Leoch and Craigh na Dun added.  Great fun getting the photos!

Most of my work now is driver-guiding, and occasionally I head down south into England to Hadrian’s Wall.  The north of England is easy to link with touring Scotland and I love going down to that part which has such strong connections (not always friendly) with Scotland.  The Scottish Borders is another area with lots to see and I will be taking some Kerrs down to their ancestral area towards the end of May.

What I love about my work is the variety.  Our country has so much to offer in the way of things to do and see (check my tour pages).  I would be delighted to help you explore it.  If you have any queries or would like to book please do not hesitate to contact me via my online contact form for more information or just e-mail me direct on morag@scotland-tour-guide.co.uk