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Alan 'I‘aylor overcomes his fear of flying and flees the Fringe for the further-flung reaches of Scotland.

Suffering from Festival fatigtte with nasty Fringe effects it seemed a good idea to get tip and go west to recuperate. A long week nd island hopping. the aeronautic equivalent of pogo-sticking. was the prescription starting from (ilasgow where we were to pick tip our Loganair flight to Barra. Benbecula and Stornoway. ()n a day for ducks it was good to know that we were takingoffin a ’l‘win ()tter. albeit

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porous. 'l'he islanders ahoard were sanguine. ‘Shampoo and blow dry at the rear’. said Morag. festooned with poly bags after a big city shopping spree and bobbing and weaving in the cramped cabin to avoid the drips. The day before. she said cheerfully. the plane had reached Barra only to circle the airstrip on the beach twice and return to (ilasgow.

Poor visibility was the culprit. one of the natural hazards which make

:M' N «he i" island travel unpredictable. The pilot envisaged no such problems on our flight and so it proved. the plane arriving and taking off with the kind of punctuality Agatha ('hristie once depended on frotn the railways. This first stage of the journey was a tease. offering glimpses of islands in the llebridean archipelago which we would see more ofon our return trip south. But for now we came in low across the lapping sea. enviously

green. to land on the ivory beach at Barra. ()n this idyllic strand. according to a local taxi magnate. an octogenarian American descendant of the MacNeils got down on his knees and kissed the beach pontiff-like. only to choke on a mouthful of ground cockles. ‘lt was a bit excessive.’ said (ierard Campbell. a Vatersay man not hypersensitive to Barra's blatant charm. 'l’wenty minutes later we

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