Scotland and Skye

legal matters in travelling

I haven’t updated this blog in a few days. I’ll get you caught up.

It took another day or two to get the accident situation all sorted out with the attorneys talking with the legal network in Scotland (not sure if that is them).

Also we had to arrange for another car which wouldn’t have been a big deal if we hadn’t arranged for a certain kind of lease situation with the first car. But anyway we did get that all sorted out and we now have our second vehicle for the trip, a Citroen that has some pretty nice features.

Trip to Isle of Skye

So we headed out from Edinburgh and made our way over to the west coast. We wanted to take a ferry across and explore some of the islands off the west coast, especially the Isle of Skye and the Hebrides.

We have had a really fabulous time on those islands.

One day we were driving around Skye on some back roads. We had pulled over off a road that overlooked the coastline and we were just standing there enjoying the scene.

As we stood there, a farmer went by in an actual horse-drawn cart. He stopped and chatted with us for a bit and then to our great surprise invited us to his house for lunch.

He looked like he was part of the land. Canvas coveralls, tall leather boots, big hat, linen shirt. And then him driving the cart made him look like he had come out of the 19th century or something.

So it was actually pretty funny when he pulled out a cell phone which I could see was the latest iPhone and called home to his wife to let her know that we would be coming for lunch. That was not what I expected.

So then we followed him as he was in his cart. We crept along behind in our car and went over a few hills and came across to his house.

It was a small and simple house but very tastefully furnished and decorated. His Mrs. had made up some sandwiches and had some fruit and fresh goat milk.

That was lunch along with some meat pies.

We stayed for a couple of hours, and the visit ended with a cup of tea and some lemon tarts.

We said our goodbyes and exchanged addresses and promised to keep in touch.

We kept driving around the island and that night found a bed-and-breakfast in one of the little towns that we came across.

After we explored the islands we kept driving south through Scotland.

Scottish Enjoyment

We have thoroughly enjoyed visiting some of the ruined castles that are in the countryside.

We have also enjoyed driving along the coast and going through small fishing towns. They are very picturesque. We’ve also gotten out and explored some of the towns and visited some of the museums and places where the locals make pottery and stained glass.

Today we are heading down into England and very much looking forward to this portion of our trip. Wifey is a history freak and has read books about the history of the area.

So she is armed with information and we’re going to check out as much as we can and satisfy her insatiable appetite for historical crap.

The Citroen is driving flawlessly. I have managed to adjust to driving on the other side of the road and have not had any more scrapes or accidents. For this I am very grateful.

I’m in touch with our international law firm back in the US. They are handling our car accident situation with professionalism and efficiency. I don’t think I need to worry about that accident for the rest of the trip.