Argentum vacation

As is my wont, I looked up silver on Wikipedia and within three clicks happened upon the delightful phrase “metals of antiquity“, which I think quite aptly describes a milestone wedding anniversary.  The poking about further elicited the notion that metals are malleable, fusible and ductile; going over those terms in detail, l was struck by the last – within the metallurgy concept it means able to be pulled into a wire but it also comes from the Latin ducere, meaning to lead.  Dad often told us that the word education meant to lead out.  Now that’s off my chest, we may proceed.

Wanders north took us to Invergarry, Ratagan, Glenelg, Plockton, Portree, Broadford, the Trotternish peninsula, Ardtornish, Glenfinnan, Lochaline and Tobermory.  We had one boat trip (Sula Mhor, Plockton) and five ferry rides.  Planned but eventually off the travel menu were journeys to St Kilda and Loch Coruisk.   This was not unexpected and only serves as a reason to return.  The weather was in general, bad, occasionally awful and sometimes gorgeous.  The wildlife kept itself hidden, as did the stars, although we did see a juvenile golden eagle from the living room window of our cottage on Skye. We saw changes, having not been to these parts from some five years, maybe more, but we also heard voices from long ago and in every way had a most enjoyable time.  I have waaay too many photos to choose from so, as ever, an eclectic selection below.  Bear in mind that in order to take the shot of the train we had to share a wee hump of a hill with 300 others –  all shouting about a boy wizard going to school ….

Red sandstone by Loch Duich
Glenelg
Glenelg broch
Glenelg broch
Ferry at Kylerhea narrows
Loch Duich from Ratagan hostel
Salty Sam with Ratagan Bear
Eilean Donan castle
Eilean Donan castle
Beautiful Plockton in the rain
Wet birds (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
Salty on the Sula Mhor
Old Man of Storr
View from Achacroik
Garden of Castle Cottage, Ardtornish
Glenfinnan and Loch Shiel
Jacobite train crossing Glenfinnan viaduct
Ardtornish Castle, Kinlochaline
Tobermory