The Greetings Programme - over the hills to Skye
Driving south via Skye and the A87 that snakes past Kintail and the five Sisters, sweeping through the majestic mountains of Glencoe, leaving Loch Linnhe glistening behind me in my rearview mirror, has got to be one of the most therapeutic of visions, and when you get it all wrapped up in a still October morning, it's as though it's been captured by a camera shutter, captured forever in my memory. Everything they say about misty Highland glens holds true, landscapes change shape, and lochs of mist appear suspended in mid air.
I couldn't have timed it better, and I know that despite years of making that journey I have never managed to get all the elements working in such delightful synchronicity. Songs like River Deep, Mountain High by Ike and Tina Turner sprang to mind, Climb Every Mountain, and there are millions more that call up similar visions....
I wasn't in a hurry to reach my destination, and so I could appreciate nature's magnificence - the next time I make the same road journey it will be a different experience - it will be colder and the landscape will reflect those changes.
Music is a great companion especially when you're travelling alone, and this week I was tuning in to Radio nan Gaidheal at the Royal National Mod in Golspie - it was Gold Medal day, and the excitement was palpable. Altogether then, a great mix, and of course it's always good to be back in the central belt for another wee while.