Sunday, November 6, 2016

Travel Tyro: Scotland

Scotland is one of those faraway places that has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.   So, when the time came to pack my bags for a weekend getaway with my school, I was not going to let an impromptu stomach virus ruin my chance to see the rugged and wild northernmost country of Great Britain. While I spent the most of the trip eating applesauce and feeling car sick, I can honestly say that Scotland is one of the places that will remain ingrained in my heart for the rest of my life. 

Starting from Edinburgh, we traveled through the Highlands for a full day, stopping at Doune Castle and Loch Ness before spending the night at Inverness, the largest and northernmost city on Scotland's northeast coast. The following day, our journey continued on to the Battlefield of Culloden and the Shakespearean Hermitage Woods before we headed back to Edinburgh to catch our train. There were countless picturesque moments of our trip that looked like something straight out of National Geographic, but by far my favorite part of the trip was passing through the Highlands. I don't think any words or photographs can ever truly capture the overwhelming mix of wonderment, freedom, and beauty one feels there. 


Doune Castle

Scottish Highlands

Battlefield of Culloden

Loch Ness 

Hermitage Woods

Where: Edinburgh
When: Spring-Fall
In winter, certain areas in the Highlands get closed off when the snow hits heavily, making travel along the narrow winding two-way roads impossible. While most tourists visit in the summer when the terrain is lush and green, fall is ideal if you're a warm color enthusiast!
Wear: Thank you to the SOREL team for my new Addington tall boots this fall. They are not only gorgeous full-grain leather, but extremely waterproof and versatile. Even with a small heel, they're extremely comfortable for long hikes in the countryside or city sidewalk adventures in London. I have honestly lived in them all season.
Doune Castle (featured in the tv show Outlander!)
Hermitage Woods (Birnham Woods in Shakespeare's Macbeth)
Loch Ness (take a cruise to see Nessie)
Tyro Tip: While I could't stomach any whiskey or solid food during the trip, my friends raved about the cullen skink soup, an authentic Scottish dish that apparently tastes better than it sounds!  

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