Isle of Eigg, Day 5: Farewell to Eigg

I won’t pretend to be an expert on the Isle of Eigg after a stay of only 4 nights and 5 days, for most of which it rained. I won’t pretend I did all you should do and saw all you should see on the island in those 4 nights and 5 days, and I won’t give you a shortlist of all you should do and all you should see now. I will, however, say that visiting the Isle of Eigg, and writing these blog posts a year later, changed my life in ways both big and small.

While walking along the main road the day before, I met an Aunt and her niece, visiting the Isle of Eigg with family from Glasgow.

“Are you a photographer?” The young girl with a striking head of auburn hair asked me.

Shyly, I replied, “I guess I should call myself one.” 

“Oh!” The Aunt exclaimed upon hearing my American accent, “Where are you from?”

“Originally, I’m from California, but I live in New York now.”

They told me that they were headed to the Bay of Laig. I told them to keep an eye out for Ailidh’s green caravan that I was staying in, which was parked just off the path to the shore. 

Now, on the Friday morning of my stay, as I stood amidst the crowd waiting for the ferry back to Mallaig, I heard a warm, “Hallo,” and turned to find the Aunt and her niece, all packed up and on their way back to Glasgow. 

“Did you see the caravan?” I asked.

“Tha’ wee green thin’?” She looked at me in disbelief.

I laughed, “I suppose it was a bit small.”

“JENNY!” Now, she was shouting to a woman a few metres away from us, “THIS IS THAT AMERICAN LASSIE FROM NEW YORK I WAS TELLIN’ YOU ABOUT! SHE STAYED IN THAT WEE CARAVAN!”

“No,” the woman gasped, “She did no!”

“She did, aye!”

Yes, it was true, against all odds, this half Scottish/half American lassie stayed in a tiny green caravan, with no electricity, no running water, and no mobile signal – through one of the worst summer storms I’d experienced in Scotland – and let me tell you, even if it meant I could be on a flight to Scotland tomorrow, I wouldn’t change one single thing about my 4 nights and 5 days on the Isle of Eigg, not for the world.  

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