Last month was our long-awaited trip to Scotland, where we had a fabulous time. We started out in Edinburgh, and spent time at the castle, on Princes Street, and on the Royal Mile over the course of two days. There is so much to see that I know we barely scratched the surface. The best part for me was Edinburgh Castle, with the War Museum, and lots of really cool things to see. Then our Road Scholar tour headed to the highlands, and the Aigas Field Centre, which we used as a base for exploring the Scottish Highlands. The Field Centre does environmental education, and we learned lots about the geology, ecology, flora and fauna of the region. There were field trips daily, to places like Glen Affric, Culloden, Clava Cairns, and the Black Isle. We saw birds, red deer, pine martens, and all kinds of other small animals. One highlight was a trip out into Cromarty Firth to see some bottle-nosed dolphins, which was really fun. We also went to Skye for 2 days, which was incredibly scenic. We had gorgeous weather- only 1 1/2 days of rain in 17 days- and not too bad in terms of the temperature.
After two weeks of the Road Scholar trip, we picked up our rental car and headed for the borders. We went to Hawick and Selkirk, which are centers of the knitting and textile industries, and we also went over to Ayr, to see the Robert Burns birthplace and museum. The whole thing was a great adventure, but it left me wanting to go back to see more. We had a really fun time, and I hope that we will have a chance to go again, perhaps to Shetland or the Outer Hebrides.
We toured the Lochcarron mill, went to see the folks at D.C. Dalgliesh, and saw lots and lots of tartan. I did buy two pieces of fabric in Beauly at a shop called Campbell’s Tweed shop. It is gorgeous, and I am waiting to have a few spare moments to make a skirt and a jacket out of it.
In other news, I am working on the 2016 price list. There will be no major changes, just a few more dollars (sorry!) to pay for increased shipping costs. I look forward to seeing everyone at the MRM Workshop in February, and other games throughout the year.