Deep in the Highlands of Scotland, off the main road between Ullapool and Inverness, lies Rogie Falls, among the most picturesque sights in the region. The falls—more a series of cascades, really, both fearsome and delightful—are loud, rock-rimmed, and lined by deep forests. A bonny place, as the Scots might say. The scene was so captivating, as viewed from a nearby bouncy footbridge, that my family was dead silent. And if you knew the Orwolls, you’d know silence isn’t listed among the skills on our family résumé. There were five of us that afternoon, midway through an eleven-day driving...Read More
Mark Orwoll is a California native who moved to New York City in his twenties to work as a magazine writer and editor. He ultimately landed at Travel + Leisure, where he held more editorial job titles and had more bylines than anyone in the magazine’s history. He recently retired from T+L as International Editor after 29 years in the editorial department (another record). He has traveled to 70 countries and 48 states, a number of them with his wife and three (now grown) children. When he’s not on the road as a freelance travel writer, he performs as a member of the Official Mandolin Ensemble of the United States of America, which is really just Mark and two of his musical buddies drinking beer and plucking stringed instruments in his backyard on lazy Sunday afternoons.