In the town of Golspie, a coastal community in Scotland’s extreme north, there is no castle. Instead the outline of Ben Bhraggie looms over the rooftops. This mountain is more than it seems: A history lesson disguised as a pleasantly strenuous uphill hike.
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On day 3 of a minimally planned road trip through the Scottish Highlands, our Lonely Planet guidebook suggested Handa, a tiny island nature reserve off the extreme north-western coast. It is known for its dramatic sea cliffs that serve as breeding grounds for a lot of strange birds, the most famous of which are probably the puffins.
I am in London, all of a sudden.
I am staying in a hotel that looks like a giant stack of oreos across the Thames from Big Ben/Westminster. I have never been in a hotel this fancy and predictably, I don’t look anything like I’m supposed to be here. The woman who checked me in made extra double sure I meant to book a “superior” room. I said I didn’t know what I booked because the company I was visiting took care of it. Then she looked even more confused because I was dressed like a ruffian fifteen-year-old (airplane attire) and claiming to be on a business trip.