Category Scotland

Edinburgh

I’ve been to Edinburgh before, and I only had a half-day this time.  So what do prioritize?  The castle, of course.  Because it’s kind of a big deal in terms of castles, and because last time we had (correctly) focused on food tours and not freezing to death. Like Stirling castle, Edinburgh castle sits atop […]

Road trip! Falkirk, Scone, St Andrews, Edinburgh

With the Victoria Square guest house as glorious as it was, I was sorely tempted to linger for a leisurely Easter morning reading in the arm chair in front of those windows . . . but no!  Travel calls!! Twenty minutes up the road, in the otherwise nondescript town of Falkirk, the Kelpies awaited me. […]

Stirling!

On Saturday morning I checked out of the hotel early and picked a car from near the Glasgow train station. From there it was a quick, sunny drive to Stirling. Did I say it was sunny? This weekend is the best weather we’ve had all year! Anyway, Stirling is a pretty little town full of […]

Glasgow!

What to do with the four-day Easter weekend? Go to Scotland! In a fit of unreason I booked a 7am flight from Gatwick to Glasgow, which meant I had to get up at 3am to get to the airport on time. Since with work and packing and watching Fleabag I didn’t get to bed until […]

Three Peaks Challenge: Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is the tallest peak in Scotland, and all of the UK for that matter.  We tackled it first.  Left the lodge in Fort William at 5:00am and got to the trailhead about 20 minutes later.  We paused long enough for a group photo . . . . . . and then took off […]

Three Peaks Challenge: Driving to Fort William

Our Three Peaks weekend began with a long train ride to Glasgow, where we rendez-voused with some additional hikers and our driver. We piled into the van and headed north into the Scottish highlands. We passed Loch Lomond and entered a magical world of green hills, silvery lakes and streams, and low grey clouds. Eventually […]

Exploring Edinburgh

What a lovely, charming city!  We lucked out with clear, sunny weather during the few hours of daylight (sunrise at 8:45am, sunset at 3:45pm) to explore this northern capital of Scotland.  Given how limited our time would be, we stayed mainly in the Old Town and soaked up the ancient atmosphere. The castle dominates the […]

Eating our way through Edinburgh

What do you eat on a food tour in Scotland?  Well, haggis, for one.  Served with neeps and tatties (a.k.a. turnips and potatoes).  We Americans may look askance at a sausage made of sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs mixed with oats and wrapped in stomach lining — but it was actually quite tasty (and as […]

We climbed a hill!

The ancient city of Edinburgh nestles among the rocky crags of extinct volcanoes.  The castle sits atop one of them.  The other most prominent crag is known as Arthur’s Seat and it rises above the city some 800+ feet.  Its name colorfully evokes Arthurian legend but the origin is actually unknown.  It could also be […]

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