Have you dreamed of visiting Scotland? It’s high on our baby boomer travel list. After reading today’s guest post by David McNicoll of Highland Experience USA, Alan and I are ready to pack our bags. When we do, we’ll be including an exploration of the Isle of Skye.
Scotland is a fantastic vacation destination for everyone, including baby boomer travelers. The country offers wonderful scenery, a wealth of history and an engaging range of cultures. There is a staggering amount of things to do in such a small area. And, Edinburgh makes an ideal base to begin your Scottish explorations.
One of the great places to visit is the beautiful Isle of Skye in the northwest Highlands. Dominated by the high, jagged peaks of the Cuillin Mountains, Skye is an island steeped in rich folklore, with a strong sense of its Gaelic heritage, and lots of stories of clan battles and Jacobite heroines. The name itself derives from the Norse meaning ‘Island of the mist’; but in Gaelic it is called An t-Eilean Sgitheanach, which means ‘The Winged Island’. This is probably a description of its shape, with several peninsulas reaching out into the ocean from a central hub of mountains. There are several ways to reach Skye — by boat or by bridge, and much to see and do once boomers arrive.
Active travelers will want to take advantage of the many fantastic walking options: from hiking through the bizarre landscapes of the Cuith Raing (Quiraing) to a stroll along the soft shorelines to the Coral Beach. After a walk, reward yourself with a whisky or two at Talisker Distillery, the only one on the island. In the evening, enjoy live music in the quaint towns and villages; and throughout there are simply jaw-dropping views at every turn. Organized tours or private excursions will allow you to soak up the atmosphere of this special place – whether wandering through the Fairy Glen, enjoying local produce at a top restaurant or visiting the ruins of some ancient castle.
As well as the island itself, the journey there and back is delightful – Eilean Donan Castle (used in the filming of Highlander), the dramatic and towering peaks of Glencoe, the forests of Highland Perthshire and their waterfall walks, and of course the famous Loch Ness. A three or four day trip from Edinburgh will bring Skye to life and give boomers the time to experience something bordering on genuine tranquility. Taking the option of a ferry crossing to the island from Mallaig, it is worth stopping along the way to see the Glenfinnan Viaduct (the railway bridge used in the Harry Potter films and the Clan Donald Museum, which tells the story of the Lords of the Isles, the MacDonald Clan and their influence on the Hebrides.
This is but one taste of the great places to visit in Scotland. Whether you are tracing your ancestors, escaping to the enchanting islands for some battery recharging, looking for an active vacation, or simply wanting to enjoy time in the breathtaking scenery of the Highlands, Scotland has much to offer. And today with regular flights from the States to Edinburgh and Glasgow, and with hourly train departures from London, it has never been easier to visit.
This is not a paid or sponsored post. David offered solid information about visiting the Isle of Skye that we thought our baby boomer readers would enjoy.
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