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Scotland Day 2A

The first of our long days on the tour, to the Isles of Iona, Mull, and Staff. We set out on a large ferry to the Isles of Mull, Iona, and Staffa.

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Lovely scenery along the way.


A sheep traffic jam!


So here we are on Mull. You could take the ferry to Iona, and spend the afternoon there. Or you could take boat to Staffa, see the caves and puffins, and then take another ferry over to Iona. So less time on Iona, but you get to see more. I chose Staff and then Iona.


I hadn’t slept well (again). Jet lag and excitement, I guess! So I was a little sleep deprived and my head was pretty fuzzy when our tour guide Grant explained, “You want the boat to Staffa. Not the ferry, the boat. The boat is made of wood, the ferry is made of steel. Look for Staffa Trips, not Staffa Tours.” This, combined with his thick Scottish brogue made me go, Wha?? But I stuck close to Helen, my Aussie tour-mate, and made it on to the right vessel.

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They said to stay on the path with the railing. But that railing is not doing much to save me from falling into the sea!


But look at this view. Fingal’s Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, known for its natural acoustics. It inspired Felix Mendelssohn to compose his Hebridean overture. Only Helen and I ventured over these rocks to see the cave. It is pretty stunning.

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Ok, the clock was ticking. The boat was coming back to get us soon but I wanted to see the puffins. So I raced up a large staircase and over to the other side of the island.

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Puffins! Aren’t they cute!? Their natural predator is the seagull. And seagulls don’t come out when humans are nearby. So puffins like humans and are very friendly!

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