There was so much beauty and awesomeness on the Isle of Skye, that I needed to break it up into multiple posts! Welcome to the third and final installment of my adventures on the Isle of Skye!
If you missed the other parts, visit the pages below. They need not be read in order.
Over the Sea to Skye
The lack of trees in the highlands surprised me until I realized that at a certain altitude, most trees do not grow. It’s not the shortage of carbon or energy, it’s the shortage of the number of warm days that can build cellular structure. Some experts say that trees would be more likely to grow at high altitudes if they did not shade themselves.
The Skye bridge. Learn more about Skye by visiting the official page.
Of course, with all this talk of Skye, I have “The Skye Boat Song” (often called “over the sea to skye”) stuck in my head. Were I home and had access to my instruments, I would have recorded a version for you all! Since that is not the case, I shall provide you with this link (click here), lyrics to the chorus, and a short blurb about the tune:
Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward! the sailors cry;
Carry the lad that’s born to be King
Over the sea to Skye.
Loud the winds howl, loud the waves roar,
Thunderclouds rend the air;
Baffled, our foes stand by the shore,
Follow they will not dare.
After the Jacobite rising was defeated, Bonnie Prince Charlie needed to escape and was stuck on Skye with all sorts of folk looking for him. Flora MacDonald –the wise lass– disguised the prince as a serving maid and brought him from Skye to the mainland via a small boat. The full story can be read on the Wikipedia page for Flora MacDonald. This tune is often performed as an instrumental.
The grave of Flora MacDonald.
Of course, no trip to Scotland is complete without a whisky tasting!
I personally am not a huge fan of the smoky, peaty flavo(u)r that a number of people love about scotch whisky. However, I still adore tasting things (and sharing tastings)! So much so, that I purchased a scotch tasting trio from the Talisker Distillery.
- Have you ever tried Talisker? Do you have a favorite scotch whisky you would like to share?