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              Friday, September 7 2001

Scottish travels 4

The journal of our travels in Scotland resumes here with the trip from Edinburgh on August 18.

Saturday noontime in Glasgow was clogged with traffic, but after getting through the city, the road, though busy with vacationers and weekend tourists was open and rural. Our route to the ferry crossing to the Island of Mull took us directly past Loch Lomond, probably Scotland's most famous lake by virtue of its prominence in the folksong, "You Take the Low Road and I'll Take the High Road." Our low road got us to the ferry crossing at Oban, one of the most picturesque towns I've ever seen (click here for more photos), by early evening and the ferry crossed the Firth of Lorne to Mull, one of the Hebrides Islands closest the mainland. roughly horseshoe shaped with tiny towns 20 to 30 miles in both directions from the embarkation point, Craignure. Our route was the southwesterly one to Fionnphort on the narrowest road encountered on our whole vacation. Every time a vehicle was met coming the opposite direction, one of us had to get off the road and wait until the other passed, as there was no passing lane.

On the bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond

An email acquaintance who'd made this pilgrimage earlier in the summer had advised me that we could get a B&B in Fionnaphort, so that was our plan. As remote as it was, the first B&Bs in town were full, and we drove to the last house on the street, Shore House, which was a short walk to the next ferry that would take us across to Iona Sunday morning. I went to the door and, to our surprise, it had a room that was just right, with a view to Iona beyond the strait. After settling in we walked up the street to the tavern/restaurant for dinner, faring sumptuously on local steaks and vegetables. We had been wondering how a village could survive so far from the nearest Safeway (the UK has its own Safeway markets) or Stainsbury, but we found it does quite well with prices that were no higher and food that was even better than Edinburgh's.

On Monday I'll take this narrative across to Iona, the island where St. Columba lived out his adult life as a missionary who led thousands to Christianity and launched the Scottish nation in the fifth century.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

More theology from Woody Allen

The universe is merely a fleeting idea in God's mind—a pretty uncomfortable thought, particularly if you've just made a down payment on a house.

Sent by Elias

Another theology

Christianity helps us to face the music even when we don't like the tune.

Sent by Zan

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