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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presided over by a friendly couple. Breakfasts were like those we had had in England — eggs, fried mushrooms and tomatoes, and toast — plus the Scottish specialty, haggis. Skip to the next paragraph if you don't want to know what's in it. Okay, you of sturdy stomach, hag- gis contains bits of sheep's heart, liver, and lung disguised by oatmeal, suet, and spices. We decided to take a pass, especially after our host, a transplant from England, told us that he had prepared plenty of haggis, but never eaten it himself. Our next destination was the Isle of Skye, just off the west coast of Scotland. The guide- books do not exaggerate when they call this leg of the trip one of the "Great Rail Journeys of the World." The twisting route goes past Ben Nevis and over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, a multi-arched bridge made famous by the Harry Potter films. On one side is Loch Shiel and, on the other, the steeply sloped valley of the River Finnan. Book sufficiently ahead of time — alas, we did not — and you can take the trip by the Jacobite, which claims to be one of the oldest working steam trains in the world. The train terminates at Maillaig, at a sta- tion just a few hundred yards from the ferry that makes the short trip across the Sound of Sleat to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. We crossed our fingers that the taxi our tour agency had booked would be on the island to meet us. It wasn't, but another driver noticed us and said that the owner of the cab had sent word that he was running a few minutes late. Sure enough, five minutes later our taxi arrived, and we were treated to a 45-minute drive halfway up the island and several thousands of years into the past. Our driver, who also owned a car rental outfit, ranks among the best tour guides we've ever had on any trip. He described the geologic origins of Skye and its many layers of human history — all the while pointing out sights along the way. Skye is like Scotland in miniature: mountains, lochs, pastures, wind-chiseled rock forma- tions, quaint harbors surrounded by steep cliffs, waterfalls — and, yes, sheep. Even main roads 193 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 excursions "the island seemed shrouded in mystery"

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