Monthly Archives: August 2015

Isle of Eigg

beautiful island is part of the Inner Hebrides. It is relatively undeveloped. Roads are narrow, and cars frequently need to pull  over to let others pass. People raise sheep and crops here, and there is commonly owned land where cattle … Continue reading

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Isle of Skye

This gorgeous  island is part of the inner Hebrides, and connects to the Scottish mainland through a short bridge. It has a volcanic origin, like much of the Highlands region. People have lived here for thousands of years. There were conflicts … Continue reading

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Isle of Arran

You need to ride a ferry for an hour to get from Scotland’s west coast to this beautiful island. The mountains here are ancient volcanoes (extinct now, whew!), like many parts of the Scottish Highlands. You can see volcanic peaks … Continue reading

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Glascow, Scotland

This is a picturesque  city, very walkable. If you spent all your time downtown you might think it was a beautiful Victorian town with no real problems. It is also quite crowded, and has been considered very poor since the mid 1800s.  … Continue reading

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It’s Derry to the Nationalists, Londonderry to the Unionists …

…although, as far as I can tell, most people in northern Ireland call it Derry. In case I haven’t been clear: the Republic of Ireland won its independence from Great Britain in 1922. Part of the agreement was that the … Continue reading

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Giant’s Causeway

Now, Fion McCool was a good and usually wise giant; he acquired all the world’s knowledge when he was a lad. He made an unwise choice when a Scottish giant challenged him to a fight. They worked together to build … Continue reading

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More Belfast

I thought I would share a few of the murals in Belfast. The first mural is near Shankill Road, the Protestant/Unionist district I mentioned in the post I left a few minutes ago. The second one is  in West Belfast, along … Continue reading

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