Somehow we have shown up in the middle of autumn colors, and we're surrounded by a Brigadoon fantasy of pink clouds, yellow and red leaves, crimson berries, and tangerine vines. W came off the plane and breathed deeply: "It already seems so much cleaner here!" And it does; Inverness is unbearably beautiful and we have both been going, "Wow, I could really imagine living here." I somehow picked the most astounding B&B; the Ivybak guest house http://www.ivybankguesthouse.com/ , which is full of old carved wood, leaded glass, and-well, the room has two beds AND a fainting couch.
While the highlight of the evening was really dinner, I had a great time walking the River Ness Islands for their Halloween promenade "Malice in Wonderland." The islands were covered in fairly lights & glowing balls, and all around it teens were wearing very frightening Alice style costume (the cards who would randomly stop &block your way on the path v good) and reenacting scenes from the book. Bonus to the shadowplay "Walrus & the Carpenter" complete with screaming oyster girl. It was aining the whole time so we hurried a bit & my shoes & her raincoat proved inadequate to purpose; but it was very cool.
Off to our breakfasts now.