Our next trip…Scotland!

 

We are getting very excited for our upcoming trip to Scotland.  In the past, when we have gone to Europe we have gone for at least 7 weeks but we have packed a ton of countries into the that timeframe.  This time, we are only doing one country in the two weeks that we will be away and it is a small one.  We are looking forward to really getting to know Scotland!

We will be flying into Glasgow and spending three nights.  We will be staying at the Fraser Suites Glasgow which are situated in the heart of Merchant City and are serviced apartments.  We are looking forward to being able to cook a few of our meals and save a bit of money.  We aren’t really sure what we will be seeing or doing while in the city and are excited to find out what awaits us.  We have heard really good things about Glasgow, though, that there a lot of museums to check out and many other things.

From Glasgow, we are taking the train to Edinburgh and are staying in our first Bed & Breakfast, the Airdenair Guesthouse, of the trip.  We will be in Edinburgh for 4 nights and will be there right in the midst of the Edinburgh Festival.  It is attending this festival that actually prompted this trip as the Edinburgh International Festival is the largest arts festival in Europe.  A highlight for us will be attending the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a performance staged at the Edinburgh castle.  The performance in an open air stadium with the castle as a backdrop will include musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers.  We believe it will be a truly memorable experience for us.

We will be spending the day exploring the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.  We have also heard good things about the ghost tours and hope to check one out one evening.  We think it would be interesting to hear the city come alive in the stories of the ghosts and history of the city.

After our time in Edinburgh, we will be renting a car and heading into the Scottish Highlands.  We will be making a bee-line to St. Andrews to check out the famous golf course and town.  Perhaps we will try to hit a ball or two on the putting green while there so that we can say “we played St. Andrews”.  As we head North through the Cairngorms with a possible stop to see the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd.  We will be spending two nights in Inverness, at the Craigmonie Hotel, with the hopes of visiting Culloden Field and the Loch Ness area.  We have heard that this area of the Scottish Highlands is beautiful and we are really looking forward to taking it all in

Our next stop will be the Isle of Skye for one night at Blairdhu House and we already wish that we could stay longer.  The landscape on this island is supposed to be breathtaking and we are hoping that we will have enough time to at least see some of it.

We will then be heading down to Fort William for one night at Invernevis B & B, so that we can experience the Jacobite Steam Train (aka The Hogwarts Express).  As huge Harry Potter fans, we are very excited to ride the rail line used in the Harry Potter films.  It is supposed to be one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world as you traverse by the Scottish mountains, the deepest freshwater loch in Britain and quaint villages.  We are sure our jaws will be dropped in awe for most of the journey.

Our last two days in the Highlands will be spent in Oban at the Gramarvin Guesthouse.  We chose Oban as it is a good starting off point for visiting the Isle of Staffa.  This isle is a natural wonder for its hexagonal shaped pillars that were naturally formed by cracking when lava rock formed.  This is one of only a few places in the world that the rock has formed in this way.

From Oban we will drive back to Glasgow for a quick one night stay near the airport so that we can easily catch our flight home the next morning.  Hopefully, by this time we will have learned a little bit more about Scotland, its people and culture and perhaps tried a little haggis.

Do you have any tips for our trip to Scotland or sights we should see?  Let us know in the comments below.

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8 Responses to Our next trip…Scotland!

  1. Sounds like it will be an amazing trip! Would love to experience Scotland! Can’t wait to see your photos/posts!
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    Debbie August 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm Reply
    • Thanks, Debbie. We are so excited for this trip! It is where both of our families come from, so it will be interesting to see the “old country.” We will definitely have some pictures and posts about our time in Scotland!

      evan&tracy August 8, 2012 at 6:27 pm Reply
  2. Great trip! I went in Edinburgh in December, 2011 and it was so magical and mysterious! Hope your trip will be as great as mine! Take care 😉
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    @Treasure_autor August 12, 2012 at 6:31 am Reply
    • Thanks for the positive words. We are so excited for the trip, as Scotland is somewhere we have wanted to go for a long time.

      We will have to use your post for advice on what to see while we are there. Thanks 🙂

      evan&tracy August 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm Reply
  3. Lots of tips if you don’t mind us linking to them?
    Feel free to delete 🙂

    Driving in Scotland http://www.fourjandals.com/scotland/driving-in-the-scottish-highlands/
    48 Hours in Edinburgh http://www.fourjandals.com/scotland/destination-itinerary-48-hours-in-edinburgh/
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    Cole @ FourJandals.com August 24, 2012 at 2:39 am Reply
    • Thanks for the tips, Cole. Scotland was beautiful and we loved our time there.

      evan&tracy August 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm Reply
  4. Scotland would definitely leave you enchanted with its beauty, blend and versatility of the
    country. Some of the must see tourist attractions would be Edinburgh
    Castle, The National museum and the Falkirk Wheel. If you can shell out a
    few extra pounds then I suggest you to stay in a Scottish
    cottage. It would readily provide you with the first hand experience
    with the classy and traditional Scottish lifestyle.

    Mellisa Turner September 4, 2012 at 4:27 am Reply
    • Hi Mellisa,

      Thank you for the advice, however, we actually just returned from Scotland. We were able to see Edinbugh Castle and the National Museum and we LOVED them! Unfortunately, we did not make to the Falkirk Wheel. Hopefully, we will see them next time we go and staying in a cottage seems like a wonderful idea for that time as well.

      evan&tracy September 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm Reply

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