Friday, October 29, 2010

Beaches and Beachy Friends

 Bob Forrest and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Surfing around the web, I often come across images that capture my attention and this one did just that. So peaceful and secluded, I had to learn more about the location. Before I tell you where the Pier House is located I want to interject that while most of you know that my family has been in America since the early 1600s, my children (on their father's side) are 2nd-generation Americans. Their Grandfather Inglis landed on Ellis Island in 1930, at the age of nine, from Scotland. Both of my children have always wanted to visit the country of their "other" ancestors and after seeing photos of some of the beaches there, I am inclined to join them.

Yes, you guessed right, this lovely location is in Scotland. Located on the peninsula of Kintyre in western Scotland, the town of Skipness is where this photo was taken. According to to the Kintyre website, "Kintyre is on the extreme west coast of Scotland, joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus at Tarbert and has all the characteristics of island living without the hassle and expense of ferry crossings (though you can come by ferry as well.) The peninsula is about forty miles long and contains within it everything which makes Scotland such an attractive holiday destination. Here you will find the hills, lochs, rivers, forests, seascapes, sandy beaches, history and archaeology and the sea food which have made Scotland so famous, but with the addition of those ‘little extras’ which make us almost unique; the palm trees showing the effect of the Gulf Stream, the low rainfall (less than 40% of the rest of the west of Scotland), the most expensive eagles in the world, the absence of cars(our one traffic warden is the last example of an endangered species)."

My interest peaked, I googled Kintyre beaches and came across this photo of a kayaker passing by the Skipness Castle, built in the 13th century.

The lucky photographer runs the blog, Kayak Across the Water — Observations on sea kayaking (among other things) from Argyll, Scotland, where I spent a good hour reading about his adventures. I have a feeling my blogging friend over at The Florida Blogger will enjoy this site, as well as the rest of you who love beautiful, remote beaches.

Looking at this next photo from another Kintyre website, made me want to pack my bags…

Clachan Beach

If you want to see more, just click on the photo to the left and it will take you to an interactive map of Kintyre with more photos and information on the area.

Scotland will have to wait for now, but I am packing my bags and heading to the beach. I'm going back to Tampa Bay for an extended vacation to visit family and friends. After spending some quality time with my daughter and granddaughter, I'll be heading further south to go night shelling with my bff Karen of The Essential Beachcomber. Karen and I have been shelling together the last dozen years or so and we are hard-core! We will be hitting the beach at 4:00am, yes, I said 4:00am! We're going at an extreme low tide, armed with buckets and headlights and you can bet we'll both be blogging about it.

While there, we are also going to be meeting up with some our favorite beach bloggers, so stay tuned to find out who they are and what we'll be doing. I guarantee we're going to have a whole lot of fun; relaxing, shelling and meeting new friends!

Aloha for now, see you soon! Today I leave you with a quote from Scottish Novelist, Sir James Matthew Barrie, best known as the creator of Peter Pan:

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others
cannot keep it from themselves.”

15 Thoughtful Comments:

Kaybe said...

Gone Shellen!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning ShellBelle Sweetie...
Oh what a beautiful share, and I will certainly be watching and waiting for the beautiful photos to begin appearing.

I can't wait to see what the 4am hunts bring. I would be right out there with you. I can smell the air, and feel the wonderful morning mist as we walk along and gather. Oh the laughter and squeals of delight as the tide goes out and we run to grab the treasures to add to our buckets. Oh yes, I am right there with you. Please pick up a treasure or two for me will you?

You would think that someone who loves the ocean and the beaches as much as I do, would have been crazy to end up in the desert, but it has its beauty too. All of its own. It has so captured my heart over the years.

Have a gorgeous time shellin and I will be watching for pics sweet friend.

Many hugs and so much love, Sherry

rjerdee said...

You and KayBe are sooooo ambitious!!!! Shelling at 4 a.m. means you know exactly the lay of the land and the rise of the water. Lookin' forward to the next few posts from Tampa Bay!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

You are hard-core!!! Can't wait to see the pics!!

Sue said...

I always have such good intentions of getting up and out at dawn to go shelling, but it is usually at least 8:00 a.m. and there aren't any left! Have a great time. These pictures are wonderful. Since I don't fly, I'll just visit this way:)

Tootie said...

The photos are beautiful!

Kat said...

This looks like a gorgeous place to visit. Palm trees in Scotland? Who'd a thunk it lol. Have a safe and fun trip, can't wait to hear all about your adventures with fellow bloggers. One of these days... Hugs, Kat

jmac said...

hahahaha.....when I first opened your page and saw that image of the oh, so beautiful house, I thought..."DOG..girlfriend...your new place is awesome. Can I come live with you?" hahahahahahahha....great post! Love reading your history info!
Hey..let's go spend a weekend there, k?

CHERI said...

Sure would love to go with you...both to Scotland and shelling! You, young lady, always seem to have tons of fun! Safe travel to you!

Jane said...

Absolutely beautiful photos...I would love to visit there, too!

Cannot wait to see what you and Karen find! Looking forward to hearing from you while you are in Tampa Bay...
Jane (artfully graced)

Lillian Robinson said...

We could be related... well, by marriage anyway. My dad's family originated in Scotland. It is beautiful. I doubt that I will ever see it in person, so I'll just have to settle for you showing it to me.

Can't wait to see the shelling pics! Sounds like great timing!

Lisl Armstrong said...

Oh I love your blog - it is the best! I have so enjoyed my visit here and will return often:) I hope you will join Sea Glass Artists & Sea Glass Collectors which is an online sea glass collecting community. Everyone there would be so interested in you as well.

Lisl Armstrong said...

Here is the link to join:
Hope to see you there and you are more than welcome to post your blog link on your profile.

CrazyCris said...


you've started me off down a dream path now Rhonda! My soul is torn between the seas and the mountains... can't really do without the one or the other! And Scotland has both! Albeit with lousy weather... lol!

I've been dreaming of going tramping through the Highlands since I was sent up to Inverness by my lab in ?2002? that long ago?! I flew into Glasgow (Ryanair), hopped on a train, and spent the whole part of the 4h trip that was through the Highlands with my nose stuck to the window and a LOUD voice inside my head going "let me out! let me out! let me out!" GORGEOUS!

Someday I'll get up there... preferably in the summer! ;o)

For now I'll just have to make do with the month I'm going to spend in New Zealand... at Christmas... :p

Julie@beingRUBY said...

That first shot is just so beautiful.. as is the last!! Can see why you want to pack your bags!!!

Have fun shelling..!! 4am!!! hehe.. ciao xxx Julie

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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