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Best ever holiday destination

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:56 am
by CantSleepClownsWillGetMe
Over the years I've been to many places on holiday, both in the UK and overseas, but none compares to Scoor House, near Bunessan on the Isle of Mull (my memory was prompted by Des' mention of 'Sgurr Mor To Skerryvore' in the Listening thread)

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The road to Scoor (seen in the distance)

http://www.scoorhouse.co.uk/

We always went there for the excellent fishing, but Jimmy McKeand, the old man who lived in Shepherd's Cottage at that time, invariably ended up inviting us into his book-strewn little house for a 'wee dram' of whisky, and then gleefully leading us up over the hills (at unfeasibly high speed) to some little lochan only he knew about. Wherever we ended up, his instructions inevitably included the line 'just cast towards that black rock and you'll find fish..' and he was bloody right, we always did!

Jimmy wrote to us for years before his death, and his little cottage is now let out to holidaymakers, unaware of the man who once lived there.

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The beach behind Scoor House

More pics here -

http://picasaweb.google.com/scoorfoto/ScoorHouse#

PS A question for Des: we once heard, while fishing Loch Assapol in the dusk, a dreadful blood-curdling screaming sound from the forest behind us. It sounded as if a woman was being murdered! At the time we were told it was a Great Northern Diver yet I've never found a description of their call being like that. Could it have been a Great Northern Diver?

Re: Best ever holiday destination

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:22 pm
by Des
CantSleepClownsWillGetMe wrote:PS A question for Des: we once heard, while fishing Loch Assapol in the dusk, a dreadful blood-curdling screaming sound from the forest behind us. It sounded as if a woman was being murdered! At the time we were told it was a Great Northern Diver yet I've never found a description of their call being like that. Could it have been a Great Northern Diver?


GNDs have a haunting 'wail' which I would struggle to describe as a woman being murdered, but to someone else it might sound like one!

That was probably the most beautiful post anyone has done on SoTW btw.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:32 pm
by Adam Blake
Fantastic! Thanks for the piccies. I think the most beautiful part of the world I've ever seen is the South West of Ireland, but this looks pretty hard to beat.

Parts of Northern California are pretty astonishing too, if you like rugged beauty that says, "I am indifferent to you, you mere pipsqueak of a biped mammal"...

PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:08 am
by Dayna
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I'd like to see a variety of places. Florida is the place I've been to the most. This is the back of my parent's home in Florida, in January. It gets very hot in the summer though. I love the mystical look of the moss hanging down.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:59 pm
by Dayna
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Here's a beautiful place to see. Lake Erie, Madison, Ohio

PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:30 pm
by Des
Fair Isle in Shetland is very beautiful. I had a rather unpleasant experience with a sheep, was sick as a pig on the boat going over and a relationship ended while holidaying there - the three events are not necessarily connected - but it was still a wonderful place.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:28 pm
by Ted
Kenmare River from Lauragh on the north side of the Beara peninsula

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Re: Best ever holiday destination

PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:38 am
by Des
jim11 wrote:.Really i want to go.


I'm not stopping you.

Re: Best ever holiday destination

PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:35 pm
by garth cartwright
Great posts! I went to Mull when I first came to the UK - looked up an old fisherman there who i had met when hitching around the West Coast of the South Island - amazing to think that for a break from Mull he went all the way to the least populated part of NZ! - and he took me to Iona and out on his little boat pulling up his lobster traps. I didn't go fishing but I do like those isles - I've not been to Shetland but have been to the Orkneys and they were just amazing.