a thin place

It was a long 12 hour day at sea! I hopped on the ferry on Barra at 6:30am. After one out-of-the-way stop, I made it to Oban with enough time to sample the fresh muscles at the ferry side stand before getting back on and heading over to Mull. I then took an hour bus … More a thin place

full body Spanx

The morning on Barra was cloudy, windy and grey and I thought my days of perfect Barra weather were gone. My kayaking trip I had planned for the morning was not going to happen in the strong winds and the views wouldn’t be very dramatic with the low clouds rolling through Castlebay. So I browsed … More full body Spanx

the slow life

Today on Barra was about as close to perfect as you can get. The sun was shining, the sky was clear and I saw sights I’ve dreamed of seeing since I was a kid. The pace of life on Barra is slow. And that is a wonderful thing! No one is in a hurry. Ever. … More the slow life

Buaidh No Bas

The weather took a turn for the better after the rain of Monday. Tuesday turned out to be a beautiful day to fly from Glasgow to Barra, the island of Clan McNeill. To see pictures of Barra and its neighbor Vatersay, you might think they are tropical locations. White sandy beaches, deep blue and aqua … More Buaidh No Bas


As a lone traveller, I find myself continuously depending on the hospitality of others. Without it, I’d be lost. On Sunday, I went to Greenside Parish in Edinburgh for worship. It’s a small church…and getting smaller by the year. I walked in and was immediately swarmed by sweet folks offering a warm welcome. “Where are … More Hospitality

Ceilidh – Just another Saturday night in Edinburgh

This Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) was held at St Bride’s Center. St Bride’s was once a church. But like many churches in Scotland, it no longer has a congregation so the building has been repurposed. This one is a community arts center and hosts all sorts of events. About once a month, they host a Ceilidh. … More Ceilidh – Just another Saturday night in Edinburgh