Why this treehouse beats Disneyland. Holidays in Lismore
- Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2009 11:20
WE are walking back from the island's only shop at a pace that would disgrace a snail. But it doesn't matter - supper is at least three hours away, and that's the only other thing we have planned for today. On the verge, which stands 15ft above the single-track road, we can just glimpse the top of a caramel-coloured head amid the long grass. Reuben -
who, at six, is the eldest of the eight children in our party - is commando-crawling back to the cottage.
Every now and then he stops, disappears and doubles back on himself, reappearing behind a tree further down the track. If one of the others catches sight of him, a
lengthy gun battle ensues, involving pointed index fingers and amazingly realistic sound effects. This is a Scottish holiday very much as it would have been 50 years ago, when the Broons left their tenement in Glebe Street for a two-room but and ben in an anonymous glen.