Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

Sunday, April 3, 2011

3/22/11

Dear Mum,

Things are going extremely well here in Inverness! I'm loving it here and we are always so busy. Elder Sindylek is a stellar companion. Together we are working on being exactly obedient. He's very enthusiastic and we are getting on very well. Inverness is a beautiful place. We have a very large area and we cover two units (branch in Invergorden and ward in Inverness).
Main street, Invergorden

On Sundays we split to be able to cover both. We also make it out to the Isle of Skye once a week.
Isle of Skye

You should look that place up, it is so beautiful! Also Loch Ness is in my area so that is really neat (don't remember if I told you that already).
How's the family? How's that little one? It's hard to believe she's almost what now, 10 months? Mother's day is coming up soon and I'll be able to phone you then. Anyway, I love you so much. I hope that this week is great for you.
Love you!
Elder Trawick

Invergordon is the major Highland Port for Cruise and Cargo ships thanks to its sheltered deep water and excellent on shore facilities. It also serves as a central point for visitors who go on to visit places to the north and south. It is a well laid out town with a double width high street and has many shops, places to visit and things to do. There is an art centre, leisure centre, go-karting, and golf. You can also visit the naval museum and the heritage centre.
Invergordon is nestled at the edge of an estuary which is visited by one of two known populations of bottlenose dolphins in the British Isles. The panoramic views across the water often reveal glimpses of fascinating bird life. The estuary is, in fact recognised internationally for its importance as the most northerly, extensive ‘estuarine’ complex in Europe. It provides sanctuary for large numbers of wild fowl, waders and other water birds. Some of these stop off during migration, others stay for the winter whilst a good number live here permanently.

Skye or the Isle of Skye  is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The island's peninsulas radiate out from a mountainous center dominated by the Cuillin hills. Although it has been suggested that the first of these Gaelic names describes a "winged" shape there is no definitive agreement as to the name's origins. The island has been occupied since the Mesolithic period and has a colorful history including a time of Norse rule and a long period of domination by Clan MacLeod and Clan Donald. The events of the 19th century had a devastating impact on the human population, which declined from over 20,000 to around 9,200 in the early 21st century. Nonetheless, in contrast to many other Scottish islands, this represents a 4 per cent increase from the census of 1991. The main industries are tourism, agriculture, fishing and whiskey-distilling. The largest settlement is Portree, known for its picturesque harbor.

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