This will be my final entry on our 2019 trip to the UK. I'm not going to bore you with details of all that we did and what we ate (though I unexpectedly find I like Haggis!). When you go yourself, you'll find and have your own adventures, but I hope I can offer a framework to make that easier by describing what worked for us.
After checking into our Edinburgh hotel, we spent a day touring the city. One highlight was walking around the old ruins of the 1128 Holyrood Abbey behind the Palace of Holyroodhouse (The Queen's official residence in Edinburgh). Here are a few photos from that enchanting and thought-provoking place.
Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye
After our day touring around Edinburgh, we boarded our 15-passenger bus for a 5-day tour of Iona, Mull and the Isle of Skye conducted by Rabbi's Tours. I'm not a fan of tour busses, but Rabbi's is "special" in that their tours are conducted in small coaches that don't overwhelm the places they visit and, because the coaches are small, they can go to some out-of-the-way locations that other tours can't.
One such place is the end of the world.
Well, not really, but it is a location accessed by traversing multiple roads over which only one vehicle can travel at a time - and good luck if you meet someone coming the other way!
That place is the Neist Point Lighthouse; spectacular in its beauty and isolation.
Here are a few of photos from there.
The West Highland Way
Iona and Staffa
The other major highlight of this tour was the small island of Iona. But the highlight was not so much Iona, but what you can do from Iona. Specifically, we were able to board a small skiff and go to the even smaller island of Staffa! Staffa is the location of "Fingal's Cave" which which inspired Mendelssohn to compose his Hebrides Overture. Here is a photo of Fingal's cave.