Well, it looks like my trip to the Western Isles is all set!
The faerie and I will rush from Glasgow Airport on my arrival from NYC to Oban to catch the 2pm CalMac Ferry to Craignure, Isle of Mull.
While on Mull, we will be checking out the Aros Castle ruins, ca. AD1200. Aros was originally built by the MacDougall and passed to the MacDonalds in 1300s. It was also an occasional base of the ‘Laird of the Isles’.
We also have a day trip planned with Staffa Tours to visit Staffa and Lunga to hang out with some puffins! The birds will actually come up and sit right next to you! Also on that trip agenda is Fingal’s Cave, discovered in 1772.
TRIVIA: The origin of the name 'Fingal's Cave' is wrapped in myth. Around 250 AD Finn MacCumhaill, or Fingal, was possibly an Irish general who had a band of faithful warriors - a Celtic parallel to King Arthur and his Round Table. Fingal is supposed to have been the father of Ossian, traditional bard of the Gaels.
I also can’t WAIT to have a meal at Cafe Fish and pub nights at The Mishnish! This hotel and pub first opened its doors in 1869, and it just so happens that my friend and (World Peace Tartan ambassador piper) Craig Weir (here's a fantastic Courier article on his adventures from NY Tartan Week this past April) played there just a month or so ago. Hopefully we’ll get to catch some live music (and loads of seafood!).