The Beet of Scotland Part 2!
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This week, The Weekly Beet heads straight to the Highlands for Part 2 of The Beet of Scotland. Mary Kent gets spontaneous, reporting on why we could all use a bit of Scottish adventure.
Perhaps you're like most who plan a holiday weeks in advance worrying about where to stay, mapping the distance from A to B, and finding out where to eat. But, have you ever gone on a last minute, unplanned vacation and made arrangements the day of travel? It be daring to plan au dernier moment, but The Beet Girls say it's extremely healthy - all you really need is a bit of courage and spontaneity to bring your well-being to a new level! Spontaneity is a gift that places us in the flow of life, allowing the universe to surprise us with synchronicity and the unexpected, a bit more than what we ourselves could ever plan. After Edinburgh, we got spontaneous and headed for the sacred island of Iona. Getting to Iona is no easy task, but the journey is simply worth it. A ferry took us from Oban to the Isle of Mull, where we drove through what seemed like the setting of Braveheart - lush, green mountains accessed only by a one-lane road lined with sheep and cattle. It was nature in its most untouched form! Another ferry later, we reached the tiny island of Iona, which lies on the west coast of Scotland in agroup of islands called the Hebrides. From Saint Columba to the Book of Kells, Iona is known as one of the most holy places in the world and truly is one of the most beautiful! We were absolutely stunned by its Caribbean-like beaches and crystal clear water! It is Iona's spiritual presence fused with its powerful nature that continues to touch the hearts of the people who visit. It definitely touched ours!
Our adventure continued when we headed north to the heart of the Highlands in the direction of the magical land of Glenelg. Overlooking the Isle of Skye, Glenelg, mostly known as the setting of the famous book, Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell, is a natural wonderland of dolphins, whales, seals, and otters. The dramatic landscape of mountains and glens that touch the sea exudes centuries of rich Viking and mystical, Celtic past. We stayed at the elegant, yet cozy Glenelg Inn owned by the eccentric Scotsman, Christopher Main. We were lucky enough to follow Christopher on one of his daily adventures and went prawn shopping aboard a fisherman's boat! Afterwards, we checked out the local grocery store and were speechless when we found a large variety of organic foods and products. To top it off, we joined the locals in tasting a sweet, Scottish whiskey called Drambuie and discovered that whiskey has anti-cancer qualities! Now, that's what we call unBEETable!
Here are the top 5 reasons why we say you should try a last-minute, Highland adventure:
- Spontaneous, unplanned trips bring excitement, synchronicity, and loads of fun!
- You'll eat fresh, local food. The Highlands are known for its delicious seafood. Fish and especially prawns are fresh and yummy!
- Communing with nature is extremely revitalizing to the mind, body and spirit. Just a few days spent in nature has incredible health benefits!
- Cell phones and blackberries rarely work in the Highlands so you'll definitely experience peace and quiet.
- The fresh air does wonders on the body and provides a healthy change from the pollution of the city.
Our spontaneous decision to travel at the last minute paid off! It was filled with miracles, discoveries, and excitement. Who knows where our spontaneity will bring us next!
Head for the Highlands! Don't miss a Beet. Stay tuned for next week.
PS. Mary Kent is holding prawns straight from the Sound of Sleat.
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PPPPS. Don't miss Oran-na-mara Bed & Breakfast on the Isle of Mull.