Our Scotland travelers with Applecross and Loch Carron in the distance.
It’s been busy travel times here at Cross Cultural Journeys! I hope you too got away somewhere over the summer.
Since our summer newsletter in June, we went to Scotland and back, and had a magical time! I think the happy travelers and the postcard attached above speaks for itself – this was taken on our last day in the Highlands, on our way back over the Bealach na Ba (Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle) from Applecross Peninsula.
Our journey took us from a couple days in Edinburgh, where we spent a day with our friend and fantastic guide, Martin, and witnessed the stunning performance and pageantry of the Tattoo festival on the old castle grounds.
The Edinburgh Fringe Arts festival simultaneously featured hundreds of stand-up comedians in venues across the entire city. We were lucky
to catch a couple before heading up to the highlands.
After a beautiful drive that took us through Glen Coe entering the Highlands, we spent 5 incredible days with our local hostess Catherine Stewart and her crew at Eagle Rock, a remote retreat center perched high up overlooking the Loch Carron. Immersed in wild nature, meetings with the locals living in Applecross, including a couple sheep herders; hiking up high to see breathtaking views, we always returned back home to a home-cooked meal by chef Gerry. A 6 course menu featuring whiskey tasting with every course was one of the highlights! Wilderness expert Willow Lohr taught us how to do botanical prints and a few other lost arts. We also did a mini ‘vision-quest’ one afternoon – a solo contemplative walk in nature.
Wilderness expert Willow Lohr taught us the somewhat lost art of tracking animals; botanical print making and becoming one with nature.
I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the local experts who welcomed us and taught us so much about what it is like to live in this remote civilization, the challenges of maintaining a sustainable economy, and how to care for their breathtaking environment.
If you or somebody you know might be interested in joining Cross Cultural Journeys in Scotland in the future, please put your name on this list, and we will let you know when we will do this again. You are also welcome to contact us about doing a privately curated tour of Scotland.
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