Scotland: Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Panoramas

by Mark

We had some great weather during our visit of the Isle of Skye and Edinburgh.

Here are some panoramas of smashing cliff side views of the sea, rolling highland hills, and downtown centers steeped in Scottish history.

Click the links for an interactive view.

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Scotland: Signs and Symbols

by Mark

The interesting thing about Scottish signs in the Isle of Skye is that they are also written in the Gaelic language (pronounced “gah-lick” in Scotland, as opposed to “gay-lick” in Ireland). Our tour guide mentioned that it’s also a dying language and there is an effort to preserve it by teaching it as a second language in Skye’s middle schools. However, when we got to Glasgow and Edinburgh try stopped with the Gaelic.

Also noticed that the metal lids on the street seem more functional than decorative compared to Iceland. Many of the street signs are similar though.

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Scotland, Day 2 Photos – Isle of Skye

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Flights to Europe booked!

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Went ahead and booked our tickets for Reykjavik & Glasgow!

The return flight is a bit trickier. We have 40k AA miles and that itself should cover the cost of both our tickets back to Boston. But, being the frugal flier that I am, I want to maximize the value I get from my points and take advantage of the free US stopover that comes with our ticket.

NYC? MIA? IAD? ORD? Possibilities!

Also, I hate the fact that British Airways charges $600 in fees when using these miles. What’s the point of using frequent flier miles if I have to practically pay the cost of a one-way ticket anyways?