Our 2017 summer vacation found us traversing the beautiful landscapes of Scotland. We made stops in historical cities, the breathtaking Isle of Skye and the remote outer Hebrides islands. Even our two week adventure didn’t allow us to see everything, but we made so many amazing memories together. Our first Stop was Edinburgh where we explored the Royal Mile.
Day 1 – Edinburgh – Scotland
On our first day in Scotland we landed safely at the airport and made our way into town. It was challenging for Juliette to adjust her driving to the other side of the road, but she managed to get us to our guesthouse in one piece. The city of Edinburgh was full of life! We opted in and took a city bus tour on our first day to get the lay of the land. I loved weaving in and out of the streets and hearing all of the stories of Edinburgh’s past. We glimpsed beautiful stone buildings, monuments while hearing bag pipe music flowing through the air.
We arrived just before Edinburgh Festival so the town was slowly getting ready for one of it’s busiest theatre season.
After our bus tour we visited a local fun house, the Camera Obscura!
One of the best meals of our trip was at The Witchery near Edinburgh castle. The occult decor set the mood, the food was magical, and they even accommodated Juliette’s casin allergy.
Day 2 – Edinburgh – Scotland
On our second day, we took an English style horseback ride with Seacliff Stables and glimpsed the famous Bass rock from North Berwick beach.
We also toured Edinburgh Castle located at the end of the Royal Mile. The Military Tattoo was also in full effect when we visited. It is an annual series of events held in August where British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands perform in teams on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. We didn’t have a chance to see the performance because tickets are sold out far in advance.
We ended our last night in Edinburgh with a very extravagant 6 course meal at The Timberyard. If you have the time (and the resources) you must stop by for some of the finest cuisine in Scotland.
After dinner we took a late night precarious hike up to Arthur’s Seat to see the city filled with light.
Day 3 – Fort William – Scotland
On day three we hit the open road, delicious sandwiches in tow to make our way to Fort William and the Glenfinnan Viaduct. The viaduct is famous for being featured in Harry Potter, taking the Hogwarts express to the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
We stayed in the lovely Mansefield Guesthouse for the night and were treated to a delicious breakfast the next morning. Having a full breakfast became routine for us, and helped to give us energy for the day ahead.
Our Scotland trip continues in Part II: The Isle of Skye and Beyond