We spent six glorious days in Scotland and I cannot even begin to express my love for this country. The people were so nice. Our cab driver pretty much gave us a tour as he drove us to our hotel, which was amazing. He gave us places to go other than just the normal sightseeing places. When my friend Erika and I arrived we only had a couple of hours before meeting our tour group. When we met up with everyone it was very different from my last trip as we were joining a tour already in progress. It was definitely different because the group had already spent five days together and had already jelled together. The first couple of days were awkward just getting to know everyone, but after that I had the most amazing time.
Anyway, back to Scotland. So our first stop was Edinburgh and we had an amazing day. We went to see Edinburgh Castle, and walked around the city taking in the sites of the city. A group of us went to the Edinburgh Dungeons, which we had thought was a tour through dungeons, but instead was a scary ride told to us by live shows and two rides. I can honestly say, my friends and I went in to the dungeons expecting to walk around, and came out completely shaken but laughing and loving every minute of it. After the dungeons we walked around some more taking in the sites and the architecture before spending the night with the group.
The next day we drove to St. Andrews for a few hours where we had the option to go golfing or just walk around the city. Now, since my golfing talent is not up to par, I decided to walk around the city. It was incredibly beautiful that day and really hot and it was a nice place to go and visit after the big city.
Our next stop was to visit Nessie at Loch Ness where we took a cruise along the Loch and some of the group even jumped in for a quick polar plunge. I had already done one at home in Canada and did not want to have to experience jumping in to freezing water again. It was definitely funny watching the Aussies jump in to the water and everyone else’s reactions to how cold the water was.
Continuing on we drove all throughout the Scottish Highlands and stopped at a little town called Portree. It was a beautiful little seaside town and beautiful green hills. We drove all throughout the Highlands, which was amazing, on the bus we were able to see absolutely everything.
The next day we were off to Stirling to visit the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. We hiked up the almost 300 stairs to get to the top and see what it held and it was absolutely stunning. Definitely worth the climb.
Our final night in Scotland was in none other but Glasgow. What an extraordinary city to be in and experience. We spent the day exploring and walking down the beautiful cobbled roads and looking at the architecture. I think one of things that most amazed me about Scotland was it’s architecture. And the way that new architecture and old architecture sort of merged together. It was really beautiful to see.
After a night of pub hopping and beer drinking, the next morning we were on our way to Ireland for the next part of our trip. More to come!!