Team Muz Highlands & Islands Tour 2009

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Team Muz Highlands & Islands Tour 2009

Post by Muzorewa » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:25 pm

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Last year we went to five 24-hour sportscar races, at the Nürburgring, Le Mans, Spa-Francorchamps, Zolder and Silverstone. This year we decided to take things a little more steady and embarked on a three-week tour of the Scottish Highlands & Islands. This has been at the planning stage for months, with places being added to the itinerary all the time, even up to less than a week before the ‘off’, I’m sure I’m on Caledonian MacBrayne’s speed-dial due to the number of times I’ve amended the ferry bookings :lol: :oops:

There are some fascinating historical sites going way back between 2,000 and 3,000BC, and plenty for the kids as well, plus the Outer Hebrides was where I took Mrs Muz on our honeymoon :roll:

We saw a total of 58 other Bongos on our travels, we received some enthusiastic waves from some and some blank looks from others – if any of you are reading this – “Hello!” :wink:

We spent 20 days and 19 nights á la Bongo, and gradually became immersed in the wild-camping life. Our cost for the campsites etc turned out to be this:

Week 1 £4.61 per night per person
Week 2 £1.03 per night per person
Week 3 Nil :lol:

The Bongo proved to be the ideal assault vehicle yet again, just big enough for our needs as a family yet small enough to get onto the ferries as a standard car, and with the 4WD, onto some excellent camping spots. 2,300 miles :shock: and no issues at all. :wink:

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As you might expect, we took photos – lots of them :lol:

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Gretna Green Old Blacksmith’s Shop, scene of many a marriage since 1753.

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Falkirk Wheel – the only rotating boat-lift of its kind in the world, which lifts boats 24 metres from the Forth & Clyde canal to the Union canal.

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Falkirk Wheel from above

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Antonine Wall – the most northern point of the Roman Empire. Only half as long as Hadrian’s Wall and not so visibly impressive....

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....but this was as far north as the Romans got :wink: Looks more like a ditch to me but hey ho :roll:

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Antonine wall defensive pits (lilia) which would have contained sharpened stakes and been concealed by brushwood.

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Stirling castle – like Edinburgh castle but without the tourists. :roll:

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Fortingall parish church, dedicated to Coeddi, Bishop of Iona

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Fortingall yew, at between 3,000 and 9,000 years old the oldest living thing in Europe which came as something of a surprise to me, I had always presumed that honour went to the mother-in-law :twisted:

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Castle Menzies near Aberfeldy

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Scottish traffic jam :roll:

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Pitlochry fish-ladder, a 310-metre salmon ladder where diadromous fish can be viewed swimming from weir to weir within the ladder :shock:

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End of day 1 :D

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Blairgowrie campsite but notice the lack of wind & rain :twisted:

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Meikleour Beech Hedge near Blairgowrie has been in the Guinness Book of Records as the ‘World’s largest/tallest Hedge’ since 1966. It stands some 120 feet tall at its highest point and runs for 580 yards in length. The hedge is cut every ten years taking 4 men approximately 6 weeks. It was planted in the autumn of 1745 :shock:

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Glamis castle gates

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Glamis castle, Angus

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Arbroath Abbey

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Auchmithie, original home of the Arbroath Smokie =P~

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Lunan Bay, between Arbroath and Montrose

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Dunnottar castle, Aberdeenshire

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Drum castle, Aberdeenshire

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Balmoral castle war memorial

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Balmoral castle, Royal Deeside

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Balmoral castle

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River Dee at Easter Balmoral – Muzette in quiet reflection

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After a hard day on the road :roll:

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Ballater Caravan Park

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Sitting pretty and ready for Day 3 :D

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Corgarff castle, Strathdon

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Castle Roy, Nethybridge.

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Castle Roy, Nethybridge

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Castle Roy, Nethybridge

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Why does she always acquire a dog wherever she goes? :?

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Loch an Eilean castle, Rothiemurchus

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Practicing that Dambusters dance for the Germans on Rannoch Moor :roll:

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Carrbridge – home of the World Porridge-Making Championships where first prize is a golden spurtle. The old packhorse bridge across the river Dulnain was built in 1717 and is looking a little frail.

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Inverness castle, Highland

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Glen Urquhart castle, Drumnadrochit

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Aha – so Nessie IS for real! :lol:

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Urquhart castle, Highland

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Loch Ness cruise on the Nessie Hunter

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Would we get to see the wee beastie? :?

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Scottish weather :roll:

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Muz Jr in an intelligent moment :roll:

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Another intelligent moment :roll:

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Cherry Island, the only island on Loch Ness after they raised the level for the Caledonian canal. During the 15th century there was a castle on the island.

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Caledonian canal locks – The 62 mile Caledonian canal links the east coast at Inverness with the west coast at Corpach near Fort William, and flows through Loch Dochfour, Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy.

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Caledonian canal locks, Fort Augustus

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Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the British Isles at over 4,400ft above sea level, and I had always been told that “the Big Ben” was in SW1A :?

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Neptune’s Staircase, the longest staircase lock in the UK comprising eight locks and lifting boats 64 feet.

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Inverlochy castle, Highland

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Inverlochy castle

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Castle Stalker, Argyll

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Oban Caravan & Camping Park

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Lunch on the run

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Oban & McCaig's Tower to the top left

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Dunolly castle, Oban

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Caledonian MacBrayne. We’ll be keeping them busy for the next couple of weeks :D

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Clansman Oban to Barra via Coll & Tiree

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Duart castle, Isle of Mull

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Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point on the mainland

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Arinagour, Isle of Coll

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Arinagour, Isle of Coll

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Breachacha castle, Isle of Coll

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Scarinish, Isle of Tiree

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Isle of Barra lifeboat

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Catalina JX273 memorial, on 12th May 1944 a Consolidated Catalina had a faulty compass and before they could climb to a safe height they crashed into Heishival Beag on Vatersay. Three of the nine crew were killed instantly the other six survived.

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The engines and large parts were removed at the time by the RAF but the rest was left there and remains today.

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Catalina JX273 crash site, Isle of Vatersay

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Annie Jane memorial. Launched in 1853, the first & last voyage of this ship claimed 350 of the 450 lives on board as she got caught in a gale, lost one of her masts and drifted onto rocks.

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Isle of Vatersay

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Isle of Vatersay

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Isle of Vatersay

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Isle of Vatersay

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MacLeod’s tower, Isle of Barra

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A888, Isle of Barra. There’s only one classified road on Barra, from Castlebay to, erm, Castlebay :?

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Eoligarry, Isle of Barra

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Eoligarry, Isle of Barra

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Eoligarry, Isle of Barra

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Eoligarry, Isle of Barra

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Eoligarry, Isle of Barra

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Eoligarry, Isle of Barra

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Eoligarry, Isle of Barra – Does wild-camping get any better than this? :wink:

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Muzette enjoying the sea & sun

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Barra airport

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Barra airport

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Barra airport, LoganAir de Havilland Twin Otter

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Barra airport, LoganAir de Havilland Twin Otter

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Bata Fada Beag Kisimul castle ferry

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Kisimul castle, Isle of Barra, home of the Clan MacNeil

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Inside Kisimul castle

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Castlebay, Isle of Barra, from within Kisimul castle

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Inside Kisimul castle, Isle of Barra

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Otter spotting, isle of Berneray

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Lochalainn Barra to Eriskay

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After the SS Politician was wrecked in 1941 with 264,000 bottles of malt whisky on board (prompting the Compton MacKenzie book “Whisky Galore” and the film “Whisky Galore!”), Eriskay did eventually get its own ‘legal’ pub....

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....“Am Politician”

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Ormacleit castle, Isle of South Uist

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Our Lady of the Isles statue, Isle of South Uist

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Rocket Range, South Uist was built in 1957-58 to launch the Corporal missile, Britain and America's first guided nuclear weapon, the front line of Cold War defence. The Corporal missile was tested from 1959 to 1963. The range is still owned by the MoD as a testing facility for missile systems such as the surface-to-air Rapier missile and Unmanned Air Vehicles.

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Borve castle, Isle of Benbecula

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Flodda Island, population 11 :shock:

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Hebridean Smokehouse, Isle of North Uist, where we got some rather excellent smoked scallops....

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....and smoked salmon. Excellent for a light lunch :D

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Isle of North Uist :? I did have to explain the concept of shillings to the kids :roll:

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Pobull Fhinn stone circle, Isle of North Uist

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Pobul Fhinn stone circle, Isle of North Uist

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Peat - Isle of North Uist. From a distance we thought that this was a dodgy campsite or a tip :lol:

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Langass burial chamber, Isle of North Uist

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Langass burial chamber, Isle of North Uist

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Langass burial chamber, Isle of North Uist

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Langass burial chamber, Isle of North Uist

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Scolpaig tower, Isle of North Uist

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Quiet contemplation, Isle of Berneray

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Was the sea warm or cold? :?

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Ah, may be a tad cold then :lol:

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Chase me :lol:

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That anti-gravity device seems to work well :?

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Isle of Berneray Travel Inn :lol:

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Seals, Isle of Berneray

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Loch Portain, Berneray to Leverburgh

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Another acquisition, Isle of Harris

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Hushinish beach wild-camping, Isle of Harris :wink:

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Candles – anti-midge devices :wink:

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Hushinish beach – how cool is this place?

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August, and the beach is rammed with tourists as usual. Hushinish beach, Isle of Harris

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Well, with sheep anyway :lol: Hushinish beach, Isle of Harris

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Amhuinnsuidhe castle, Isle of Harris

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Abhainn Mhòr, Isle of Harris

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Uig Chessmen, Isle of Lewis

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High winds forecast :roll: Uig sands, Isle of Lewis

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Uig sands wild-camping

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Uig sands, Isle of Lewis

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Crowded camping areas, can’t be doing with it :twisted: Uig sands, Isle of Lewis

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Get down Shep! :lol:

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Traffic jam, Isle of Lewis

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Bosta, Isle of Great Bernera

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Bosta, Isle of Great Bernera

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Bosta, Isle of Great Bernera

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Iron-Age village, Isle of Great Bernera

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Callanish VIII standing stones, Isle of Great Bernera

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Peat, Isle of Lewis

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Callanish IV standing stones, Isle of Lewis

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Callanish III standing stones, Isle of Lewis

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Callanish II standing stones, Isle of Lewis

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Callanish 1 standing stones, Isle of Lewis

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Callanish I standing stones, Isle of Lewis

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Dun Carloway broch, Isle of Lewis

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Gearrannan Black House Village, Isle of Lewis

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Gearrannan Black House Village, Isle of Lewis

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Whalebone arch (Bragar), Isle of Lewis

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Lews castle, Isle of Lewis

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Horgabost beach campsite, Isle of Harris

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Hebrides, Tarbert to Uig

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Special delivery of 904 gas bottles for Bongos :roll:

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Museum of island life, Isle of Skye

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Duntulm castle, Isle of Skye

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Dunvegan castle, Isle of Skye

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Dunvegan castle, Isle of Skye

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Kinloch campsite, Isle of Skye

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Kinloch campsite, Isle of Skye

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Glorious sunset, Kinloch campsite, Isle of Skye

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The Isle of Skye Highland Games, Portree

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The Isle of Skye Highland Games

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Hammer throwing, Isle of Skye Highland Games

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”56lb weight over bar”, Isle of Skye Highland Games

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Putting the stone, Isle of Skye Highland Games. Mrs Muz was disappointed that this competitor wore Lycra shorts under his kilt :roll:

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A disconsolate Muzette having lost her Tug-of-War heat, Isle of Skye Highland Games :cry:

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Glenachulish, Kyle Rhea to Glenelg which then sends you over the magnificent Mam Ratagan Pass to Shiel Bridge 8)

To quote the Undiscovered Scotland website, “Every visitor to Skye should consider going by ferry. After all, although the Skye Bridge is a wonderful structure, crossing it only takes you to Skye. To get to the Isle of Skye, you need to travel by sea. The two Skyes are equally wonderful, but somehow the Isle of Skye feels just that little bit more special.”

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Eilean Donan castle, Highland

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Heland coos

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Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle), Applecross

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Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle), Applecross

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Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle), Applecross

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Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle), Applecross

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Applecross Inn, Applecross

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Applecross Inn, Applecross

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Applecross wild-camping

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Heron, Applecross

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Applecross – on the beach in pyjamas :roll:

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Deer, Applecross

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Beachcomber Cottage, home of “Monty Halls’ Great Escape”

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Caisteal Maol, Isle of Skye

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Knock castle, Isle of Skye

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Dunscaith castle, Isle of Skye

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Armadale castle, Isle of Skye

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Coruisk, Armadale to Mallaig

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Loch Nan Ceall wild-camping

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Loch Nan Ceall wildlife spotting

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Loch Nan Ceall

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Loch Nan Ceall

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Loch Nan Ceall

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Loch Nan Ceall

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Knoydart refuse collection service :shock:

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Western Isles, Mallaig to Inverie, Knoydart

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Porpoise spotting, Loch Nevis, Knoydart

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Loch Nevis, Knoydart

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Our Lady of Loch Nevis, Knoydart

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The Old Forge, Knoydart, the most remote pub in Britain

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Seafood platter, The Old Forge :D

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At The Old Forge, Knoydart

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Loch Nevis

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Seals, Loch Nevis

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Castle Tioram on the tidal island Eilean Tioram in Loch Moidart, Highland

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Loch Moidart sunset

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Castle Tioram wild-camping

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The lighthouse at Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point of mainland Britain. You get a good view from the top :wink:

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Ardnamurchan

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Mingary castle, Highland

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Loch Linnhe, Kilchoan to Tobermory

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Tobermory, Isle of Mull. What’s the story in Balamory today? :roll:

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Isle of Mull airport :roll:

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Wild-camping :shock:

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Wild-camp between Ensay & Burg, Isle of Mull

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The Jrs cooking, oh no, what are they going to conjure up? :?

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Ah, bockwürsts & rice =P~

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Mint sauce! Mint sauce!

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Traffic jam, Isle of Mull

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Glengorm castle, Isle of Mull

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Aros castle, Isle of Mull

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Split-second timing on the Ulva ferry :roll:

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The Ulva ferry :shock:

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Isle of Ulva 8)

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The Boathouse, Isle of Ulva

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Scallops :D

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Smoked mackerel & oatcakes

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Isle of Ulva

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Eas Fors waterfall, Isle of Mull

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Loch Beg, Isle of Mull

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Loch Beg, Isle of Mull

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Loch Beg wild-camping, Isle of Mull

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Loch Beg, Isle of Mull

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In search of the biggest splash

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Hoy Lass, Ulva Ferry to Staffa

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Fingal’s cave, Isle of Staffa

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Basalt rock columns, Isle of Staffa

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They love each other really :lol:

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Fingal’s cave, Isle of Staffa

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Seals, Isle of Ulva

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Fionnphort, Isle of Mull

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Oh no, a solo effort from Muzette.....

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Pasta, beans & bockwürsts =P~

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Loch Buie, Fionnphort to Iona

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Iona Abbey, Isle of Iona

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Iona Abbey, Isle of Iona

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Iona Abbey, Isle of Iona

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Another intelligent moment :roll:

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The Old Nunnery, Isle of Iona

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Torosay castle, Isle of Mull

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Duart castle, Isle of Mull

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Loch Fyne, Fishnish to Lochaline

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Corran, Ardgour to Nether Lochaber

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River Etive, Rannoch Moor

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Stob Dearg, Rannoch Moor

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Rannoch Moor - Does wild-camping get any more wild than this?

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Our 19th wedding anniversary on Rannoch Moor :wink:

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Classy meal for our anniversary :shock:

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Kings House Hotel, Rannoch Moor – Does the rainbow have any significance? :lol:

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Exhausted! 8)

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Kilchurn castle, Argyll & Bute

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Inveraray castle

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Hebridean Isles, Oban to Port Askaig

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Scalasaig, Isle of Colonsay

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Loch Indaal wild-camping, Isle of Islay

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Yet another acquisition, Isle of Islay

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Traffic jam, Isle of Islay

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Eilean Dhiura Port Askaig to Feolin Ferry

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Corran sands, Isle of Jura

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Isle of Jura :roll:

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Classy B+B, Isle of Jura :shock:

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Loch na Mile, Isle of Jura

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Tràigh na Mile, Isle of Jura

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Tràigh na Mile, Isle of Jura

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Jura Distillery tour :D

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Isle of Jura distillery

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Whisky stills, Jura distillery :shock:

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Traffic jam, Isle of Jura

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Wyre Majestic wreck off Bunnahabhain, Isle of Islay. A 338 ton trawler which ran aground on October 18th 1974.

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Dunyvaig castle, Isle of Islay

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Port Ellen, Isle of Islay

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Isle of Arran Port Ellen to Kennacraig

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Levelling blocks from Fiamma’s Scottish agents :lol:

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Skipness Bay, Kintyre wild-camping

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Skipness Bay, Kintyre wild-camping

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Those new heavy-duty rock-pegs people keep going on about :shock: :lol:

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Skipness castle, Kintyre peninsula

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Loch Tarbert, Claonaig to Lochranza

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Lochranza castle, Isle of Arran

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Kildonan castle, Isle of Arran, in typical Scottish weather

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Brodick castle, Isle of Arran

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Brodick castle, Isle of Arran

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Caledonian Isles Brodick to Ardrossan


So, what’s the verdict on this year’s tour?

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Re: Team Muz Highlands & Islands Tour 2009

Post by steviebongo » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:46 pm

just one word for team Muz AMAZING =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
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Re: Team Muz Highlands & Islands Tour 2009

Post by dobby » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:54 pm

WOW - beats Bootle any day!
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Re: Team Muz Highlands & Islands Tour 2009

Post by daveblueozzie » Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:03 pm

=D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
WOW FANTASTIC PICS TEAM MUZ.
Makes me want to go back to Lewis and visit the standing stones next door to my brothers house overlooking the sea loch at Ershader,Uig.
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Re: Team Muz Highlands & Islands Tour 2009

Post by Dabs » Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:21 pm

Inspirational Muz =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> I had been waiting to see these!!!!!

Some very familiar sights among the pics matey 8)

Thanks for sharing them......SUPERB =D> =D> =D> =D>

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Re: Team Muz Highlands & Islands Tour 2009

Post by dandywarhol » Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:43 pm

Many thanks for a most enjoyable 15 minutes photo watching :D Stunning photography and some places I never knew existed =D>

Vatersay's a place close to our hearts as is Eolgarry on Barra.

PS - what camera do you use?
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Re: Team Muz Highlands & Islands Tour 2009

Post by Muzorewa » Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:47 pm

dandywarhol wrote:PS - what camera do you use?
Just a Fuji S5600 mostly in 'auto' mode, sometimes in natural light mode. A big zoom is a must for me :wink:

Muz Jr uses the S6500, I'll have to take a look at his pics tomorrow.
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Post by hatris » Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:20 pm

Hi Team Muz, welcome home. Well took me more like an hour to view all the pics. Superb. Thanks too for all the information and history. Glad you all had such a memorable holiday. Will inundate you with questions now till we are ready to go. Getting very excited. Thanks again really enjoyed it. Trish
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Post by hatris » Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:24 pm

My favourite pic is the forth one with Loch Nan Ceall as the title. Love it.
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Post by Muzorewa » Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:46 pm

That's just south of Mallaig, a really quiet spot and it was completely calm that night. The road runs SW from Arisaig to a dead-end :wink:
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Post by mister munkey » Sat Aug 15, 2009 11:49 pm

Once again - a award winning set of snaps. We're already planning our next trip up that way =D>

Shame about all those traffic jams though.
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Re: Team Muz Highlands & Islands Tour 2009

Post by Bongoplod » Sun Aug 16, 2009 5:54 am

Excellent as usual Paul

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Post by maxheadroom » Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:30 am

Stunning and thank you for sharing =D> =D> =D> =D>
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Re: Team Muz Highlands & Islands Tour 2009

Post by dave_aber » Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:06 am

Fantastic pictures, very well documented tour.

All I've got to do now is take delivery of my Bongo and get out there and see the bits of Scotland I've not been to yet.

Oh, and I MUST get a set of those organic levelling blocks!
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Post by mikeonb4c » Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:31 am

Ye Gods!!!! Outstanding =D> Just 'wasted' time looking through the whole travelogue when I'm supposed to be packing to Bongo wild camp with some gliders in a grass field in Oxfordshire. I feel like cancelling it and heading north of the border with the kids.

You Muz's truly are Wainwrights of the Bongo world - I feel small and insignificant by comparison, with my earthbound ventures. Somehow, great adventures like these should be written up and published as they would give great joy to those who would love to make trips like that but probably never will. The young Muzes have been given some great adventures by their mum and dad. I believe that - far from worrying about what the smart thing to do in life might be in these uncertain times - filling your childrens heads with wonder, curiosity, a sense of history, and of adventure and love of the natural landscapes with their beauty and constancy can never be wasted effort. If you possess these things, you are truly rich (£1.00 per night -> nothing per night, did you say - enough to warm a Scotsmans heart Dr Finlay :lol: ).

I'll stop now - I'm getting all emotional :lol: :lol: :lol:
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