07 August 2012

Travel Tuesdays - Iona of the East

Inchcolm Island, Scotland

A few years ago when I was in Edinburgh with friends at the end of a hiking holiday, I took off on my own and caught the boat to Inchcolm Island in the Firth of Forth to explore the old Abbey. I rode on the Maid of the Firth through the Firth of Forth (say that three times fast).  Romans, Danes, Christians, Hermits, Monks, skeletons in the wall, First & Second World War fortifications, the little island has it all as well as one of the most impressive seagull nesting areas I have ever seen.

The lady who ran the gift shop was married to the boat captain and they lived on the island enjoying it all to themselves in between visitors arriving on the boat.

I explored the tunnels under the rolling hills and kept popping out in the midst of nesting areas where I was immediately bombarded by dive bombing sea gulls. I had to put my umbrella up to protect myself. It was grand and noisy! It was one of the best travel days ever.

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8 comments:

  1. WOW! What an experience. Thanks for sharing it with us. ;)

    S

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    1. It was pretty great. I just wanted to get out on the water. I didn't anticipate what a great treat it turned out to be.

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  2. You had to go and post pictures of Scotland, didn't you. Trying to kill me. Figured since I'm not watching the Olympics, gotta get me to break down in tears somehow.

    I think an even better saying might be "I rode Colin Firth on the Maid of the Firth across the Firth of Forth". Or at least to be able to say it, even if you couldn't actually say it. What the hell am I talking about?

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  3. looks like it was a magical day, indeed.

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    1. It was. It was a happy accident. I had no idea what a glorious day it would be.

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  4. Great Britain is magical. That's all I have to say about the matter. <3

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