WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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journeys bon voyage trekking getaways escapes travel near and far excursions Scotland Without haggling or haggis S T E V E M A A S writer there were two times when I felt as if I were risking life and limb in Scotland. The first was clambering up a slick, rocky hillside on my way to visit the Old Man of Storr. The other was climbing a narrow, spiral staircase as I communed with Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Louis Stevenson at The Writers' Museum in Edinburgh. And I can't wait to do both again. To be truthful, the greatest danger tourists face while visiting Scotland is overdoing the sam- pling at one of its many distilleries — there are nearly 100 of them for whiskey alone. Though we had toured England numerous times, my wife, Judith, and I had never been to Scotland until last September. Getting there and getting around proved to be much easier than we had anticipated. And starting this year, it will be even easier and cheaper. Norwegian Airlines is now offering nonstop service to Edinburgh out of Providence, with fares as low as $139 one way. We traveled Aer Lingus, which meant a stop in Dublin, an arrival in Glasgow, and a departure from Edinburgh. The big advantage of the Irish airline is that you can go through American customs in Dublin — it took us all of 10 minutes. At Logan, we just picked up our luggage and hopped onto the bus. Edinburgh skyline as seen from Calton Hill C O U R T E S Y O F V I S I T S C O T L A N D 190 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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