Sunday, September 29, 2013

scenic Scotland

aye, it's scenic alright...

we took the train to kyle of localsh on the west coast, just across from the isle of skye


a two hour plus train ride from inverness, but a country apart in scenery...

the hebridean sea, the islands, and of course, the mountains, the latter covered lightly with heather and bracken, wearing it like the lightest cloak, it smoothed out the edges, adding a softness to them you just can't find in our rocky mountains


we spent the better part of five hours hiking up to the lookout, walking the path that followed the highway, going halfway to the top of he bridge before my nerves gave out - crazy high with no guard rail between the sidewalk and the roadway, with cars and trucks blasting by at highway speeds... beautiful views though!


i find i can't get enough of the heather... so glad there is still some in bloom... if 
i had to pick only one symbol of scotland, it would be the heather


half-way through the day the sun came out, and we sat looking out over the water, watching the various ships and boats, and  feeding tidbits to the little guys below... aimless enjoyment of a beautiful afternoon with nothing more important at that time, on that day, than just to be there


i think of all the days we have spent here in Scotland, that was the one where i felt like i was seeing scotland as i imagined it would be  


so far...

11 comments:

deanna7trees said...

what a beautiful adventure...

The French Bear said...

Wonderful, I love Scotland and the heather!! Sometimes I can still smell it.....lovely.
Have a fantastic journey!
Hugs,
Mags
xx

Wendy said...

Oh my! Such a beautiful country to say the least! I absolutely love the ruggedness and cragginess of those mountains and hills...the heather is beautiful as well...thank you for sharing your trip with us...so beautiful!

FredaB said...

The scenery is just gorgeous. You should frame some of your pics when you return.

Sounds like you are both doing well with all your walking and hiking.

Hugs
FredaB

Createology said...

Jillayne I can feel the peace you are experiencing on your wonderful trip. Your photos will be a fabulous reminder to accompany your memories forever. Safe travels Dear...

Monica said...

So glad you're enjoying Scotland! Isn't it gorgeous??
I have very warm memories of that land, where I've been many times since I was young.
Hope the sun shines for you!!!!
xoxo

Dorthe said...

How fantastic a scenery Jillayne..
I can see it is a most beautiful place, and how fantastic being there in real, must be.
In Denmark we have heather ,too... in Jylland, where my mother was born!! It is a most lovely sight.
Thank you for showing a bit of Scotland ,- Hugs, Dorthe

Marj Talbot said...

Great photos and stories of your adventures. Each country is the same yet different - mountains big some small, trees, flowers, rivers and lakes - different but much the same. Still, there are definite differences that you will remember. Thanks for sharing - safe travels, hugs




20 North Ora said...

What beautiful photos of the landscape and the heather! Just gorgeous! I am your newest follower.

Judy

Laura said...

Sounds like the kind of vacation I could use! Love that you guys are just poking along, enjoying the scenery.

Becca said...

Loving all of your photos! Such a beautiful place!