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Green Man
Scotland. November 2006

Even though winter seemed to be setting in, we impulsively decided to go to Scotland on the bike. The plan was to visit friends Simon & Jetta in the borders near Lockerbie and then ride up to the Isle of Mull off the North West coast. 
To get to Mull from Lockerbie we had to go through Glasgow, along the length of Loch Lomond, through the Trossachs, up onto the spectacular Rannoch Moor and through the Grampian Mountains to Fort William. From there it was single track road for mile after mile to catch the ferry at Lochaline over to Mull. The whole journey was breathtaking, Scotland is totally gorgeous.
On Mull we managed to see two Golden Eagles soaring above us on the brow of a hill and two White-Tailed Eagles flying over a sea loch. Other new sightings for us included red throated diver, goosander and goldeneye.

Simon & Jettas house. There are chickens and ducks in the garden and sheep and cows in the surrounding fields. The place seems a long way from anywhere, which is a very nice feeling!

Jetta took us to a Tibetan temple north of their house about 20 miles. 

Here's the temple itself. The inside was very beautiful with very intricate paintings and lots of religious artefacts, but photography was not allowed.

A tree full of prayers in the temple grounds.

We took a walk near the house and came across the local form of deterrent against crows. It was a very macabre sight as the bodies of the dead crows had fallen from the wings and decomposed on the grass.

While looking at a ring of standing stones we came across these dusky

We also went for a short walk with Jetta along the coast south of Dumfries. It was a great piece of coastline, but we only had time to see a small part of it.

We said goodbye to Simon & Jetta (and Pru the dog) but arranged to stay for the night on the way home from Mull.

The ferry only took about 15 minutes and the crossing was very calm.

This is the famous village of Tobermory on Mull where we stayed. The childrens programme 'Balamory' is filmed here.

This is the view from our room and the reason why we chose to stay in this particular room.

This was the area where we saw the golden eagles.

Ben Nevis with snow on top. Below it is the town of Fort William.