October 18, 2013 • 3:45 pm
Awrite, lads & lasses! The last of my travel blogs is here.. SCOTLAND!
Scotland is a much different vibe than Ireland and England. It's large, it's vast, it's beautiful and it's mystical. On all four sides of the country there are different things to see. I love love love the highlands; however, it takes quite a long time to cruise them. We did it anyway :) We only had four days in Scotland, so here is what we did and what you must do if you go! Again, no bus tours - we rented a car and got it all done!
Edinburgh - One of my favourite cities in the world. Architecturally its is SO stunning & there is so much history!
Because mom and dad had never been and we only had one day, we did the hop-on hop-off bus tour again. I loved this because we learned so much about the deep dark history of Scotland ( it turns out Lady Macbeth was not the only cold blooded murder accomplice). We stayed right on the Royal Mile which, if your time is short, I would definitely recommend. The hotel we chose was the Radisson Blu, which couldn't be in a more convenient location, and the staff treated us... like total royalty! ;)
Edinburgh Castle - We climbed the Scott Monument (don't do this if your hungover!) but it is a must and the views are incredible!
Princess Street - for a quick little shopping spree!
Victoria Street - I absolutely love this street! It has one of my favourites stores - The Old Town Book Shop - and at the bottom at Grassmarket Street is a cute little pub Biddy Mulligans to wet your whistle at.
Graveyards & Greyfriars Bobby
The Highlands - got in the car and started to drive up the west coast, and up to the highlands. STUNNING and absolutely worth the drive.
Antiquing - of course... I have a bit of a reputation
St Conans Kirk Loch Awe - an old old cathedral that is absolutely stunning
Highland Bulls - you must stop and take a picture of these hairy beauties
Loch Ness & Urqhart Castle
Drink Scotch & eat hagus - obviously
What have I missed?? Other lucky folk who have traveled this great land, comment & let me know what I should do when I go back - because I know I will!
All and all, I cannot say enough how incredible this trip was for me. I've always felt very blessed in my life, but I feel like something really did click for me both before we embarked on our journey that made me really soak it all in and enjoy every single second I spent with my amazing parents and my amazing man. :)
And just of few more memories..
Glasgow Glasgow Glasgow! My dad lives there and I've been multiple times and I love that city. Endiburgh is beautiful but if you want to see something more "homey" and a little rough around the edges in a good way, I suggest Glasgow. Buchannan Street is fabulous for shopping too! I also suggest going to a "futball" game while over there, even if you're not a fan of the sport the whole atmosphere is really incredible and very worth it! The architect of Glasgow is similar to Endiburgh but it was a more "working class" town and the buildings are preserved very well in the city! Just do a day trip or two and it's very worth it!
Thank you so much for sharing with us your wonderful holiday with Justin and your parents. The pictures are fabulous!! You look so incredibly happy! Scotland is definitely now on my list of must see places.