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Curtis in the World: Neist Point Lighthouse

Climbing steady up the green pasture was difficult. The mud made the walk from the parking lot almost impossible, but once the sunlight pierced the grey clouds above, the mud dried rather quickly. My daughter Yana and wife Julia and I breathed a sigh of relief, sitting on a green foliage covered hill overlooking the Scottish highlands and Neist Point Lighthouse. Gazing at the stretch of endless blue water before her, Yana pointed up at the seagulls as they hovered gracefully in the wind. The smell of sheep and saltwater was noticeable, but it did not discourage the three of us from enjoying the scene.

I put my backpack down, ensuring the large American flag that my wife had sewn on was clearly visible to the gawking Chinese tourists as they shuffled past us and took out a large red and green blanket.

“Does anyone want to actually go to the lighthouse?” Julia asked, a curious look on her face. Yana and I both shook our heads as if to say ‘no’ — Julia was about to protest our decision, but instead she raised her hands in disbelief and started making her way to the lighthouse. Yana and I lay down on the blanket and closed our eyes. The warmth of the sun on my face and the occasional droplet of water from the ocean was a comforting combination. It felt like being wrapped in a warm blanket while snowflakes landed softly on your face.

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I had every intention of going down and seeing Neist Point Lighthouse, but I just did not feel like moving. So when Julia came back and insisted we start taking selfies before the sun set, Yana and I looked at each other and the same thought ran through our heads — what the heck is she thinking?

We eventually gave in to Julia’s selfie plan, but we intentionally took our time to pack up the blanket. Neist Point Lighthouse was not on our top 20 list of things to see or experience on the Isle of Skye. However, if you visit Scotland, make sure the lighthouse is number one on your list of things to experience — you won’t regret it.

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homanj1
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Curtis-On my list for the next trip to Scotland. Thanks

susanh
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susanh

“The warmth of the sun on my face and the occasional droplet of water from the ocean was a comforting combination. It felt like being wrapped in a warm blanket while snowflakes landed softly on your face.”
Oh Curtis, that sounds wonderful. Another beautiful day with your family. Thank you so much for including us.

Mason
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Mason

Plopped out that American Flag! Good for you! Great visit report, thanks for these.

Susan B
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Susan B

Another great read for the “armchair traveler”. Thanks again, Curtis.

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