Scotland 2015 #6 – leaving Iona, Glen Coe, Loch Ness

Well, all good things must end and so it is we have left our six days with the Iona Community on such a God-blessed isle. I’m privileged to have now been there 3 times .. yes, I’m blessed. This stay was perhaps the most enriching. Perhaps it was the Wild Goose group’s presence, perhaps it was conversations, perhaps it was the chance to deal with challenges of past months. Will we ever be back? God only knows. I have gained much. Thank you, God.

   
 
A final breakfast at the “Mac”, then down to the Abbey for the Leaving Service, then by ferry across to Fionnphort where we picked up our car before driving once again across Mull, this time in beautiful sunshine. Big ferry across to Oban.

   
 The next couple of hours found us driving towards Fort William and through the SW Highlands. A bit overcast, yet the views through Glen Coe were strikingly beautiful. Beautiful.

  

 Late lunch in Fort William – tasty Turkey & cranberry sauce rolls and we’re off to the shores of Loch Ness. We had booked into the Clansman Hotel – right across from the Loch. Lovely.

  
Nice to have chicken for dinner last night after a week of mostly vegetarian fare on Iona. 

 Today? We check out soon, then across the road to take one of the Jacobite cruises on the Loch, including historic Urquhart Castle. Off, then to the little northern Aberdeenshire coastal town of Gardenstown. We are booked into a little cottage right near the beach, and not far from Pennan (of Local Hero film fame)

Part 3 of our Scotland sojourn has begun well 

David

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