Scotland 2014

Bla Bheinn peeking out from behind the Elgol rocks - though the clouds are hiding the summit.

Bla Bheinn peeking out from behind the Elgol rocks - though the clouds are hiding the summit.

Finally got the panorama of Urquhart Castle finished — lovely spot to visit!

Finally got the panorama of Urquhart Castle finished — lovely spot to visit!

Here’s the Black Cuillin from the other side - taken from the Elgol pier.  Next trip we’ll make sure to set aside a day for the boat trip to Loch Coruisk!

Here’s the Black Cuillin from the other side - taken from the Elgol pier. Next trip we’ll make sure to set aside a day for the boat trip to Loch Coruisk!

A different look at the Black Cuillin — taken from the shore of Loch Harport at the Talisker Distillery in Carbost, Skye

A different look at the Black Cuillin — taken from the shore of Loch Harport at the Talisker Distillery in Carbost, Skye

Right now I’m working on selecting pix for our photo book of the trip.  I’m posting them to my Flickr site as heavily processed shots in an album labeled “Cropped & Filtered”.  (Usually I use a cropped but only lightly filtered version in the book - the posted ones are a bit “in your face” for use in a print version!)  [This is a portion of the Callanish I site on Lewis]

Right now I’m working on selecting pix for our photo book of the trip. I’m posting them to my Flickr site as heavily processed shots in an album labeled “Cropped & Filtered”. (Usually I use a cropped but only lightly filtered version in the book - the posted ones are a bit “in your face” for use in a print version!) [This is a portion of the Callanish I site on Lewis]

Almost forgot to post a pic of my liquid treasure that I brought back with me!  The middle three are special bottlings from the Feis Ile while the ones on either end are from the tiny Abhainn Dearg Distillery on the Isle of Lewis.  (And when I say tiny, I really mean TINY!)  Those two will most likely never be seen outside of the distillery store.

Almost forgot to post a pic of my liquid treasure that I brought back with me! The middle three are special bottlings from the Feis Ile while the ones on either end are from the tiny Abhainn Dearg Distillery on the Isle of Lewis. (And when I say tiny, I really mean TINY!) Those two will most likely never be seen outside of the distillery store.

And here’s a shot of the rocks along the west side of the bay at Ardbeg Distillery.

And here’s a shot of the rocks along the west side of the bay at Ardbeg Distillery.

Now that I recovered from the trip (I feel like I slept for a week!), I can start working on the photos I took during the trip.  Here’s a panorama of the bridge near Inverary Castle.

Now that I recovered from the trip (I feel like I slept for a week!), I can start working on the photos I took during the trip. Here’s a panorama of the bridge near Inverary Castle.

By Dawn’s Early Light

Well, thanks to a lightning storm we missed our 7:30 bus and had to catch the later one which normally means we get home at Midnight. Unfortunately, the bus had an “incident” and we had to change to a different bus in Rockford which delayed us even more!

We finally rolled into the driveway by 12:45 totally pooped from a day of sitting at airports — I know the airline can’t control the weather, but forcing a jumbo jet to sit less than 300 feet from the gate for half an hour is not what I call reasonable!

But oh what a joy to crash in our own bed for the first time in a month! I didn’t hit the sack til around 1:30 (way too pumped post trip) but when I did, it didn’t take long to enter dreamland and slept like the proverbial baby.

This morning everything looks rosy (except for the continuing rainy spell)! Much as I loved the Scottish breakfasts, I have to admit to enjoying plain old shredded wheat cereal for breakfast! And bacon that looks like BACON! (The bacon over in the UK/Ireland looks more like what we call “Canadian Bacon”.)

It’ll take me a while to organize all my photos and videos (and my thoughts) so this may be the last of the updates on this blog for a while. I will upload all my “raw” photos to my Flickr site today or tomorrow. The videos may take a bit longer as they will need some serious editing — not only are some of them really long, but most of them need audio track replacement to edit out our coughing/swearing/Ray’s screaming “SHEEP” every few minutes and what not. (That’s gonna be my new ringtone!)

Once I get everything organized and edited, I’ll toss the videos onto my YouTube site and put out another photobook similar to the one’s I did for our previous trips. I will most likely also do up a travelougue book along the lines of what I did for our 2012 trip.

Til then, I’ll say adieu - but with a promise to return sometime soon!

Jim Stuht with Margie Stuht & Ray Karnes

Talk about the “Walking Dead”!  We made it to Dublin Airport in one piece considering our driver did his best kamikaze impression.  (Huckleberry Hashimoto lives — in Dublin, no less!)

One great bit is that US Customs pre-clears you on this end so we don’t have to fight the rush in Chicago.  All we need to do is grab our bags and hit the bus- whoopie!

Talk about the “Walking Dead”! We made it to Dublin Airport in one piece considering our driver did his best kamikaze impression. (Huckleberry Hashimoto lives — in Dublin, no less!)

One great bit is that US Customs pre-clears you on this end so we don’t have to fight the rush in Chicago. All we need to do is grab our bags and hit the bus- whoopie!