Scotland!

The second part of our trip was in Scotland. And there was a lot to see that was amazing…so I struggled narrowing down the pictures to share. But here are some of my favorites.

loch ness 1

This is overlooking Loch Ness.

loch ness 2

And we of course had to actually go on the Loch.

loch ness 3

And my ancestors are Scots and I am a *true* Scot, so therefore I drank the waters of Loch Ness.

eilean donan castle

After being at Loch Ness we headed over to the Isle of Skye. But on the way we stopped to see Eilean Donan Castle.

fairy pools 1

Our first hike on the Isle of Skye was to the Fairy Pools.

fairy pools 2

Which were amazingly beautiful and this picture just does not do them justice.

neist point 1

Then we went to Neist Point to see the lighthouse. And these are the cliffs that overlook the lighthouse. Aren’t they crazy-huge?

neist point 2

And here is the lighthouse and those cliffs fro the beginning of the hike. Seriously beautiful to see at dusk (seeing how we left at 10:00 p.m. which was 30 minutes before the sunset).

fairy glen

The next day we hiked around the Isle of Skye twice. But my favorite was the Fairy Glen. Which is where my niece went the next day and the fairies wrote her name in the stones up by where you put your coins to make a fairy wish. So if any of you need a wish from a fairy, this is where you should all go. And really, I took loads of photos of all our hikes. And everything was beautiful. If you want to see a place where everywhere is beautiful, head to the Isle of Skye. And since that is where the fairies are, you can cross two things off your bucket list. (Just remember to take an extra memory card just for the pictures you take on this island.)

stirling castle

Next we went to Stirling Castle, which is where my Scottish ancestors lived (I come from the Stewart line of kings).

stirling castle 2

Here we are the descendants of the royal Stewarts sitting in the throne room. Which is massive by the way. You can’t tell but I seriously it was huge.

stirling castle 3

And here is the front door of Stirling Castle. I didn’t have to duck my head to go through that little door. So you can get the idea of how massive everything was.

arthur's seat

Next was Edinburgh where we climbed Arthur’s Seat. (After which we saw the Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse…but I was too busy waving to actually take a picture.)

elephant house

Of course I had to see the Elephant House where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter.

edinburgh castle

And Edinburgh Castle was amazing as well.

sir walter scott

And along with a couple of museums and the Real Mary King’s Close Tour we also saw this monument. It looks like a “gothic spaceship” according to our guidebook…but no, it is the monument to Sir Walter Scott. And yes we climbed up the 287 steps to get to the top. Which is quite windy if you wanted to know.

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