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Home from Scotland

A Scottish meat pie bought at a High Street bakery in Dunbar. Click here for high-resolution version.

I’m home from Scotland, with stops in Edinburgh, Dunbar, Inverness, Stornaway, Tarbert, Uig, the wild west coast of the isle of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides, a quick pass through London, and a day in Oxford in merry old England. I plan several posts: a picture post; a video post (which may require a few days for editing); a post on finding traditional Scottish cuisine (not easy, but we found some); and a post on Harris tweed (which, of course, comes from, and only from, the isle of Lewis and Harris).

Though I had my ever-so-heavy Nikon camera with me, I found myself reaching again and again for my iPhone XR. Not only does the iPhone serve as an excellent camera for wide-angle shots, it also shoots superb high-definition video. On this trip I tried to capture, in video, as many of the sights and sounds as I could — screaming gulls, crashing waves, bleating sheep, thrumming ferry boats, a Scottish cat or two, and even a Scottish congregation singing a Sunday morning hymn.

But first, I’ve got to soothe a certain American cat hoarse from grieving, get some groceries, deal with some political obligations, and catch up on a few chores.

I also had my first Burger King Impossible Burger after returning to the U.S., so I’ll have a post about that, too.

As usual, I felt no cultural discomfort in the British Isles, which I think always feel like home to the Celtic psyche. But returning to America through the Raleigh suburbs was a terrible jolt.


  1. MHK wrote:

    Hi David,
    Glad you’re home! Looking forward to your posts about the trip and raising a glass at our favorite river outpost.

    Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 4:11 pm | Permalink
  2. Jo wrote:

    Am sure your trip was great. Eagerly awaiting the posts. The Scottish meat pie looks so good.

    Monday, August 26, 2019 at 2:38 pm | Permalink
  3. Henry wrote:

    My wife is on her way to Scotland via Cornwall, redoing a trip she took as a 19 year old with a few friends. I sent her you food info and insight

    Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

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