Friday, 16 August 2013

Scotland

Following our recent trip to the Isle of Mull for a few days break and to take up a long-standing invite to stay with friends on the island I have returned determined to get the EME system back on air. More on this in another posting.







First, Mull...... What a lovely place! Although we didn't see any eagles we did see dolphins, otters, red deer, puffins, assorted other sea birds and lots of herons.





Our trip across the island to Tobermory via Salen on a very narrow single track road was exciting and definitely a great way to see more of the island than many visitors see.





I am still enjoying the large piece of Mull Cheddar cheese bought at the Tobermory cheese farm!

We had dinner at our friend's, friends sea food restaurant, the 'Ninth Wave' near Fionafoort. Carla and John, the owners, did us proud. It was a very special birthday meal for my XYL! Fresh caught Lobster, fine wine and very tasty desert...........
The Ninth Wave, http://www.ninthwaverestaurant.co.uk/contact/
Highly recommended.

The following day we took the boat to Staffa and then Iona. It was from the boat that we saw the puffins and then the dolphins. Unfortunately the puffins had pretty much left the island by mid August, but were observable at sea.




Fingals cave on Staffa




Dolphins feeding on the way back from Staffa

After a brief call back on Mull the boat took us across to Iona so that we could see the abbey and have lunch. Then the regular ferry back to Mull.




Benedictine abbey on Iona. The original abbey, built by St Columba, has been largely lost and the newer abbey built in its place. It's still worth a visit.

We left for home with the regret that we didn't have longer to spend in this fantastic place. I'm sure we will be back.







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