Horgabost, Harris Gold Coast, Scotland, 2009 Seilebost, Harris Gold Coast, Scotland, 2009 Elgin Cathedral, Scotland, 2009 Findlater Castle, Scotland, 2009 Ullapool Harber, Scotland, 2009 Summer Isles, Scotland 2010 Summer Isles, Scotland 2010 Heading Toward Glasgow, Scotland, 2009 Feather, Forvie National Nature Reserve, Scotland, 2009 Highland Sheep, Isle of Skye, Scotland, 2009 Water Lilies, Lewis Island, Scotland, 2010 Europe, Gallery, Photography, Places, ScotlandScotland In 2009 I gave myself a 50th birthday present and took my bike to the UK for a 6-week trip. I spent most of that time in Scotland, riding from London to Edinburgh to Aberdeen and the Gold Coast, then down the Hebrides to the Isle of Skye. I took the ferry to Northern Ireland, road to Belfast and then went back across to Glasgow, and finally returned to London. I spend the first 10 days on my bike crying because my ass hurt so much, but then I hardened up and really started to enjoy the scenery. It was fortunate that Scotland was so stunning because even after I got in shape, I did spend a lot of my time walking and pushing my heavily laden bike uphill through the Scottish mountains. Everywhere I turned there was some natural or architectural wonder. It was a wonderful tour, especially since I did it alone. Biking solo meant there were no companions to frustrate with my frequent photo stops, and I could take as long as I wanted to explore in any direction I liked. I’d like to go back and do a walking tour (in truth, I don’t love to bike), but until then these photos will have to serve.