We spent an enjoyable day on the trail of the MacDonalds, Lords of the Isles, at Armadale Castle in the Sleat Peninsula on the Isle of Skye.
Sleat is 'the garden of Skye', and I was very taken with the abundance of unusual plants that grace the Armadale grounds.
We sheltered in a convenient bothy, looking out across the sound as the ferry approached Armadale Pier. The woods were nearly deserted, in terms of a human presence; but judging by the racket, the local woodpeckers were definitely ruling the roost.
You might like to take a look at the Edinburgh University Library web pages for The Walter Scott Digital Archive, and especially at the page about 'The Lord of the Isles'. Can anybody tell me whether the vessel in the woods is the Ship of Lorn?
P.S. Just found a good site about flowers on Skye.