A Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

There are pros and cons of having family live abroad. While you have a beautiful destination to visit, you often miss out on family gatherings. In the three years since our last trip to Scotland we’ve missed countless holidays and a beautiful wedding. Therefore, when another wedding landed on a week we were free we knew we had to be in attendance.

Scottish Wedding

Our stay in Scotland was brief, but we were able to pack a lot in! We began our stay in Edinburgh and embarked on a road trip to the wedding festivities in Crieff. Along the way we made stops at the Kelpies, Falkirk Wheel, and the battle grounds of Bannockburn.

Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

While the Scottish countryside is breathtaking, my favorite part about our stay was being surrounded by so many of Ian’s relatives. Weddings have a special way of brining all of your loved ones together and I was thankful to meet everyone. The wedding also offered opportunities to get in touch with Scottish traditions as we learned ceilidh dances, listened to bagpipers, and ate haggis balls.

Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

Before we knew it we were packing up our bags. My Dad always said it’s best to leave when you are having fun, but a part of me wished we could have extended our stay a few more days. Alas, a new adventure was calling us and we had to make our way to the airport to fly to our next destination – Copenhagen!

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Exploring the Scottish Highlands

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By far, the Scottish Highlands were my favorite part of our trip! Our 12 hour road trip took us pass Glencoe and up to Loch Ness before heading back to Edinburgh. It was interesting to learn about the Scottish clans that inhabited this land and dive into Scotland’s deep history.

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While on the road we passed hillsides spotted with sheep and highland cows. We were able to pull over and snap a few photos with our harry little friend below. Ian was bummed out that we didn’t bring any carrots to feed them. Maybe next time we will remember!

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A few hours after Gelencoe we arrived in Fort Augustus, a small town perched on Loch Ness. As soon as we arrived the rain clouds came barreling in and left a dense fog on the loch. I wished we could have seen a better view of the loch, but Ian assured me the fog added an artistic element to our photos. You can’t help but love this guy!

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And just like that, our UK adventure came to an end. Ian and I loved our time exploring and catching up with his family. Fingers crossed it won’t be too long until we return.

 

Edinburgh Adventures

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Ah, it felt good to be back in Edinburgh! We decided to take advantage of the rare sunny Scottish weather and hike up Arther’s Seat, an ancient volcano. The tour book said the hike was moderate and would only take 30 minute. Note to self, never trust the tour book! The hike was more vigorous that we expected, but that may have been due to the fact that we went up the wrong side of the hill…regardless, the views were breathtaking!

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Rumor had it that J.K. Rowling walked through a Scottish graveyard for character names so Ian and I walked around until we stumbled across Tom Riddle’s grave. We also found a plot with the family name Potter. Sadly, we didn’t see anyone named Harry buried there. Never the less, Edinburgh proved to been a great city for Harry Potter fans to wander about.

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Between attending events during the Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, Ian and I toured Holyrood Palace and the Edinburgh Castle. While the castle was visually stunning, I preferred our time at the palace. That may be due to the fact that apart from one other family, we were the only people on the tour! It was a unique experience to be alone in the palace learning about it’s rich history.

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My favorite part about Holyrood Palace was the abbey. It is now in ruins, but you can still see its beauty. We toured the abbey at sunset, which flooded the space with a golden light. Ian and I sat under the archway taking it all in. Sadly, the palace was getting ready to close so we only had a few minutes to soak in it all in before we had to leave.

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Check back tomorrow for photos from our trip to the Highlands!