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Issue 54 - Looking back

Scotland Magazine Issue 54
December 2010


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Looking back

The Editor reviews his year of travels

ell it’s that time of year where I think it’s good to take a moment and reflect on what has been, and to be honest this year has been a bit of a whirlwind.

The year has also been filled with some excellent trips. Discovering some fantastic roads, view and monuments. Scotland never fails to amaze me when I travel through it.

When passing the same place again and again the view changes with the seasons.

I dont think there is really any other country that has such diversity in such a small place. Except possibly Arran, which of course is known as Scotland in miniature.

Probably the biggest undertaking was the Barnard Challenge, travelling round the United Kingdom with the BBC's Tom Morton.

This trip had some serious ups and downs.

You'd think you could plan an adventure at the end of July and expect a little bit of decent weather, but no. At one point we stopped at the Ralia Cafe, up the A9 towards Inverness, at about 11pm and were so cold Tom had to resort to stuffing his music notes into his jacket. But all in all it was an excellent trip with an affable travelling companion, and the Triumph Street Triple was an awesome bike. Some of the other highlights of the adventure included being greeted by a Morris dancing troupe at the English distillery, trying very young Black Bush, hugging the stills at Jameson, exploring Penderyn in Wales and being back on Orkney. I love being on this group of Islands. There is so much history, and this time I got to see the Churchill Barriers, the mind blowing Skara Brae and the poignant Italian Chapel I think for next year’s wish list I have to add Shetland. Go up as far north as possible and have a cup of tea with Mr Morton on his own turf, perhaps a little motorbike trip round the islands.

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