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2017 – Autumn heading for Winter

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In the Isle of Harris Distillery

In the Isle of Harris Distillery

How quickly time passes, I find it difficult to believe that we are heading into the final months of 2017. Where did summer go and now autumn is ending.  One moment I am on my website talking about Spring and now I find the guiding season is slowing down and the daylight is getting less and less.

Once again I have had a wonderful season and been all over Scotland from north (Orkney Islands) to south (the Scottish Borders) and from east (Royal Deeside and Fife) to west (the island of Skye and Argyll).  Weather is always an uncertain element and I have had almost everything this year but with truly beautiful light and some stunning days.

This year I visited the Island of Skye several times, went over to the tiny island of Muck and explored the Orkney islands which are one of my favourite parts of Scotland.  The archaeology is wonderful and the cliff walks quite majestic; it is also a paradise for those interested in birds.  It is great meeting people with different interests and one of my more recent jobs took me back to the island of Skye, this time via the little Glenelg Ferry.  What fun that is and we were accompanied by two sheepdogs who seemed to enjoy just going back and forward.  For nature-lovers, there is a lovely walking trail near the ferry jetty on Skye at Kylerhea to a viewpoint which gives the opportunity to watch otters.  If lucky you might also see seals, dolphins and Minke whales.   To my delight the people I was with were up for the walk.  No otters this time but seals did not disappoint.

Once again, Outlander has featured in several tours this year.  When it started in the US, 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.  Now it is being shown here on More4 channel. 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!

Both my  Wayfarers  walks went really well. 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 both times this year did not disappoint.  I had fantastic groups from the US, Canada and Australia.  Everyone got on well which was lovely.

Most of my work now is driver-guiding, and occasionally I head down south into England to Hadrian’s Wall  and to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.  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 is steeped in turbulent history.

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