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A Visit to Scotland

Scotland

Helloooooooo! I’m back. You’ll never guess what happened. So I went on vacation. Those of you who are friends with me on Facebook probably saw a ton of photos from our trip to Scotland and Northern Ireland. Yes, I was there right around the vote, but no I wasn’t there for the vote. We were actually in Northern Ireland at that point. Anyway, prior to leaving on vacation, I was pretty disciplined about blogging in advance. The goal was to take some time off and not have to think about writing while I was away. The plan worked brilliantly. That is of course, until I came back.

The problem with vacations is you’re so stimulated, that you come back needing an extra vacation. For three weeks I’ve sat at my computer and stared with no motivation to put words to the screen. Things are starting to get back to normal and I promise I’ll have some pretty incredible recipes for you very soon (just because I took a break from blogging, doesn’t mean I stopped cooking!), but for now I’ll share some of my favorite scenes from Scotland.

My husband and brother inside the world's largest whiskey collection ~ The Scotch Whiskey Experience
My husband and brother inside the world’s largest whisky collection ~ The Scotch Whisky Experience

 

Possibly the best pulled pork sandwich I've ever from a tiny takeaway restaurant in the Old Town of Edinburgh ~ Oink
Possibly the best pulled pork sandwich I’ve ever from a tiny takeaway restaurant in the Old Town of Edinburgh ~ Oink

 

So much whisky! We visited three distilleries while traveling and this was by far the most informative and least rehearsed ~ Glen Moray, Speyside Region
So much whisky! We visited three distilleries while traveling and this was by far the most informative and least rehearsed ~ Glen Moray, Speyside Region

 

We visited a castle every other day. Edinburgh was staged; the Brodie Castle had beautiful grounds, Inverness Castle was restricted...but Urquart was there, just as time left it ~ Urquart Castle, Loch Ness
We visited a castle every other day. Edinburgh was staged; the Brodie Castle had beautiful grounds, Inverness Castle was restricted…but Urquhart was there, just as time left it ~ Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

 

The Isle of Skye was beyond words. These photos don't do it justice. The Quirang was one of our favorite walks. The path wove through the mountains and valleys forever, eventually bringing us to a breathtaking clifftop ~ Quiraing Walk, Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye was beyond words. These photos don’t do it justice. The Quiraing was one of our favorite walks. The path wove through the mountains and valleys forever, eventually bringing us to a breathtaking clifftop ~ Quiraing Walk, Isle of Skye

 

This was a last minute discovery when leaving Skye. A long stream came out of the mountains, creating small pools and waterfalls for miles down the valley. The brave would take a swim; we were not brave ~ Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
This was a last minute discovery when leaving Skye. A long stream came out of the mountains, creating small pools and waterfalls for miles down the valley. The brave would take a swim; we were not brave ~ Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

 

One of the best meals of our trip. Not overly Scottish but with just enough of the Brooklyn vibe we missed from home ~ Cafe Gandolfi, Glasgow
One of the best meals of our trip. Not overly Scottish but with just enough of the Brooklyn vibe we missed from home ~ Cafe Gandolfi, Glasgow

 

 

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8 thoughts on “A Visit to Scotland”

    1. Thanks. It really was amazing trip. I’ve spent a lot of time in Ireland, also beautiful but Scotland was just so real. Everywhere you looked the scenery was breathtaking.

  1. Oh my gosh, I think we were in Scotland around the same time!! I was in Edinburgh on the day of the referendum (and a few days before) prior to driving around the entire country and ending our trip in Glasgow!!! I might have bumped into you and not known it… darn, I would’ve arranged a catch up/meeting if I knew! Never mind. We went to a few of the same places as you and really enjoyed the distillery tours. I am a big whisky fan and I loved Glen Moray, Glenfiddich (actually, all of the ‘Glens’!). Glad that you had fun and that you’re safely home now. I’ll be travelling back to Australia in two weeks (currently in London). Thanks for sharing your travel photos! x

    1. That’s so funny! I think we might have just missed each other. I was in Northern Ireland at the time of the referendum. In Edinburgh Sept 6-9 then made our way through Inverness, Skye and Oban, leaving Glasgow on Sept 16. From the other side of the world to being so close! We obviously need to coordinate vacation plans better… 🙂

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