Rainbow Skye

The Isle of Skye.  Even the name sounds mythical.   It’s reputation, what little I knew of it, was of a place with spectacular views around every corner.   Thus my excitement when, while researching a trip to Scotland, I found a tour option that included this potential feast for the eyes.   This stop could be the highlight of the trip.

But how did it measure up?

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Black Day in the Scottish Highlands

They call it The Glen of Tears.

Located in a treeless valley, steep cliffs on either side, its rugged beauty belies a historical incident of such treachery its infamy lives on, 325 years later.

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The Bonny Banks o’ Loch Lomond

O ye’ll tak’ the high road, and I’ll tak’ the low road,
And I’ll be in Scotland a’fore ye,
But me and my true love will never meet again,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond.

There’s a good chance you’ve heard this chorus before, and perhaps have even sung it.  And there’s a fair chance you thought it a sweet, wistful song about some poor Scottish lad breaking up with his sweetheart and rueing the occasion. But the backstory isn’t quite so sweet.

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