The Fairies of Faerie Glen by Michele Ivy Davis

When you reach the lochan (pond), you know you are close to Faerie Glen. In the Highlands of Scotland on the Isle of Skye is a magical place called Faerie Glen. You won’t find it on any maps, but it is real. I know, because I’ve been there. To reach it, you must begin at […]

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Travel Essay Contest — Entry 7

I Must Be Off! is having its first annual Travel Essay Contest. Each entry will appear at first without byline or bio. These will be added at the end of the contest. As you enjoy these travel essays from around the world, please feel free to comment; but if you offer criticism, remember to be […]

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Travel Essay Contest — Entry 1

Today, we begin posting the entries in the first annual I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. Each entry will at first appear without a byline or bio. These will be added at the end of the contest. We have received lots of entries, so we’ll be posting one every other day until all the […]

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Wild Scotland — an Interview with Author Gill Hoffs

Gill Hoffs, author of Wild: a collectionGill Hoffs (pronounced with a soft G), a writer from Scotland, grew up on the Scottish coast, studied psychology, biology and English literature at the University of Glasgow, then worked with children with a variety of needs (ASD and/or EBD, mainly) throughout the UK. She married her best friend […]

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A Year in Wacky Signs

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) Do your friends walk 20 meters in front of you when you’re taking pictures of signs? Do they whisper under their breath, “Oh God, Chris is taking another picture of a sign.”?Do theymake gestures–signs of their own […]

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The Poo Project

As secluded as Glen Affric is, we had no problem finding our way there from Edinburgh. It took us two hours longer than we’d expected—on the dangerously curvy and narrow roads, we got stuck behind trucks, tractors, and cyclists pulling there babies in little carts—, but we made it all the way to the gate […]

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The Best B&B in B&BLand: Kerrow House or The Shakira of Scottish B&Bs

Scotland (as well as Ireland, but we’ll come to her later), should be called B&Bland. Every third home in Caledonia has at least three rooms for sleepy tourists. As with anything, some are better than others. That said, you’ll always get a tea and instant coffee cooker in your room and “Amazing Grace” piped into […]

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