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Curtis in the World: Exploring Scotland

Driving from Inverness (“in-fair-ness”) to the Isle of Skye was a spectacular adventure — the trees, grass, and rolling green hills reminded me of something out of a fairy tale. Every few minutes I wanted to stop the car, pull over, and take as many pictures as I could. The weather was warm with an occasional light sprinkle, but it was not enough to discourage our long trip to Skye. It took about 3-4 hours of driving on narrow mountain roads through the beautiful Scottish highlands until we reached the Skye Bridge — the only way on or off is isle. My wife, daughter, and I cruised across the Skye Bridge quite slowly because the sight was absolutely and unbelievable majestic, and it was hard to take our eyes off of it. The sun was shining and the light bounded gracefully off of the blue water below; the mountains and hills before us were a majestic and tranquil green.

As we headed into the Isle of Skye, my wife Julia and my daughter Yana would call out the mile markers on the Skye Bridge, and I’d honk the horn to signify how much road we had left. As we approached, the island was what I imagined Heaven would look like if it were here down on Earth, as every mountain, valley, river, and gorge we passed was simply jaw-dropping. We were not the only ones enjoying the scenery — we would occasional catch travel bloggers and photographers parked on the side of the road just silently absorbing the scenery.

The Quiriang

It was late evening when we finally arrived at our vacation home: a 3 bedroom, traditional Scottish house in the small village of Ose. We parked the car and unpacked as quickly as we could, and then we ran into our back yard before the sunset so that we could enjoy Loch Bracadale and the supercell that was gradually making its way across it.

It was a magnificent sight to see! The clouds were dark, and the water of the Loch started to create huge, crashing waves. The wind began to blow and we were lucky enough to see the occasional violent strike of lightning in the distance. There were a couple of beautiful rock formations which served as a stark contrast between the sky and water. Julia, Yana, and I were expecting rain and as the supercell came closer we started getting pelted by rock sized hail! It was on that day that we learned just how random Skye’s weather was going to be.

We live in a world of endless beauty, and I consider myself lucky to have seen a piece of it that day.

Curtis Albers is a former Army Ranger who currently lives in Germany with his wife and daughter.

Supercell on Skye

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Susanne Albers
Susanne Albers
2 years ago

Dein Reisebericht ist sehr schön geschrieben. Er nimmt mich mit in die schottischen Highlands und macht Lust auf eine eigene Reise dort hin!

Luke Ryan
2 years ago
Reply to  Susanne Albers

He’s a great writer! Looking forward to some other stuff in the future, the guy travels everywhere.

Curtis Albers
Curtis Albers
2 years ago
Reply to  Luke Ryan

Thanks Luke, this new for me but I’m going to try my best!

Curtis Albers
Curtis Albers
2 years ago
Reply to  Susanne Albers

Na klar, wir werden nachstes mal dich nehmen! Danke Susi

curtis Albers
2 years ago
Reply to  Susanne Albers

Danke Schon Susi. Na klar sollen wir dich nachstes mal mitnehmen!

2 years ago

My homeland ! Isle of skye

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