Program 536: Isle of Skye; Cross-Country Kayak; Van Morrison's Belfast

Release Date: 09-01-2018


Listen in as tour guides from Scotland let us in on their favorite experiences on the magical Isle of Skye. Then hear what it's like to kayak the length of both the Mississippi River and New York's waterways, from Buffalo to the Statue of Liberty. And join in on an audio Moondance along Belfast's "Van Morrison Trail," which connects the spots made famous by the music of the city's beloved hometown boy.


  • James Macletchie, tour guide from Uist, Scotland
  • Anne Doig, tour guide from Edinburgh, Scotland 
  • Dave Ellingson, retired professor, author of two "Paddle Pilgrim" kayaking memoirs
  • Lynn Corken, tour guide from Belfast, Northern Ireland

Additional Info

  • On his blog entry from a recent trip to Scotland, Rick shows people standing, to keep their fish and chips from being nabbed by seagulls at Portree on the Isle of Skye.
  • Dunvegan Castle on Skye is the ancestral headquarters for anyone with MacLeod as their surname.   
  • Anne Doig talks about her work as a tour guide to Scotland.
  • David R. Ellingson has written two books about his expedition kayaking trips, and the insights they brought him, in his "Paddle Pilgrim" series. He plans to release a third title in late 2018 about his summer kayaking adventure in the fjords of Norway.
  • Lynn Corken leads tours of the Van Morrison Trail, to see sights in Belfast associated with its famous singer/musician.

Program Extras

More with Dave Ellingson - Long-distance kayaker Dave Ellingson, author of two "Paddle Pilgrim" memoirs, will be returning home from kayaking the fjords of Norway soon, with a third book in the works. He and Rick share an extra minute on how they both get inspired by their hard work. (runs 0:48)