Friday, February 8, 2013

Touring Scotland

During the semester that Lyd and I spent abroad in Edinburgh, we had the opportunity to travel all over Scotland.  This is another post for the Travel blog covering some other must-see places in this beautiful country...
The Highlands
When you visit Scotland, you have to take a drive up through the Highlands.  This picture does not do it justice.  I think I was so captivated by it all, I really didn't take too many pictures.  It is a vast mountainous landscape of pure beauty.
Tucked away in the Highlands is a small town called Dingwall.  This is a perfect place to stop for a peaceful evening surrounded by true local Scottish life.  In a word, adorable:)
As we walked around this cute town, we saw a black sheep!
Loch Ness
Of course if you're all the way up in the Highlands, you have to stop and see the famous Loch Ness!  This is a picture of Urquhart Castle on the loch. 
A fun place to stay is The Loch Ness Inn, located in the cute village of Drumnadrochit.  The village is close to the castle, loch, and has a little museum dedicated to the Loch Ness Monster.  So cool to see! 
Loch Ness... monster?  ;)
Dundee is a fun city, a quick train trip from Edinburgh, home of the University of Dundee, and is located right on the North Sea (seen above).
The RRS Discovery ship in Dundee is a must-see.
St. Andrews
St. Andrews is home of the University of St. Andrews where Prince William attended.  We loved getting to walk around campus with high hopes of seeing him;)  The old golf course is really beautiful to see, as is St. Andrews Castle shown above.
 The Southern Borders of Scotland
You cannot leave Scotland without visiting the southern areas like Ayrshire and Arran, and Dumfries and Galloway.  There are endless small villages just filled with images like above.  It was beautiful and so peaceful with rolling green hills full of sheep farms and ancient rock walls. 
The next time I go to Scotland, I plan on seeing the Isle of Skye.  I ran out of time on this trip, but it is definitely on my bucket list.  What are some of your favorite places or dream destinations in Scotland?

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