A Wee Tour Through Scotland

Sharon Sobel

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We spent a week in Scotland after our visit to London and we definitely got the full effect. The country is so old, beautiful and filled with so much rich history. We stayed in Edinburgh the whole time and then did day trips to other destinations.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh castle is where the Kings and Queens of Scotland used to live. If you enjoy medieval history and battles/the army this is the place for you. Royalty has not used this castle in quite some time (it is now used by the Scottish Army) because it sits on a hill and is too drafty and cold (there is a new palace in town) but it does offer the most spectacular view of all of Edinburgh!

The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

While in Edinburgh you must take a stroll up and down the royal mile. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and shops to pop into. At the top of the mile you will find Edinburgh Castle and at the bottom you will find the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

You can find the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the end of the Royal Mile. This palace is the newer of the 2 in town and it is where the Queen stays while she visits. One of the royal weddings took place here not too long ago. There are beautiful gardens in the back that are worth a stroll.

St Andrews

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom

If you are a golf enthusiast St Andrews is a place you must go! After all, it is where the game of golf started! To play you need to make a t-time well in advance or enter the lottery. If you are not a golf enthusiast it is still a gorgeous sea town to visit. There are beaches to stroll on, shops to visit or have lunch in one of the club houses. The town of St Andrews is also the home of St Andrews University, where Will and Kate met - you can even stop by the cafe in town where they had their first coffee date! We hired a driver to take us up to St Andrews for the day. The drive was not too bad and I am glad we did not rent a car, the roads are full of twists and turns.

Highlands Day Tour

Loch Ness, United Kingdom

We took a day tour up to the highlands (countryside and mountains) with a tour company. We stopped at a few towns along the way, took a boat ride on Loch Ness and saw where the battle of Glen Coe took place (image above). The landscape is beautiful but this was a very very long day and a lot of driving - not sure if I would do it again.

Horseback Riding in North Berwick

Seacliff Stables, North Berwick, United Kingdom

Riding at Seacliff Stables in North Berwick was one of my favorite activities we did - you really got to take in the beauty of the countryside and beaches. This was only a short train ride away from Edinburgh. We got to ride through little villages, into farms, along the beach (even in the water). We saw famous Bass Rock and the ruins of an old castle.

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel, Chapel Loan, Roslin, United Kingdom

‘When I decided to write The Da Vinci Code, I knew that its finale would have to take place at the most mysterious and magical chapel on earth — Rosslyn.’ Dan Brown
Yes, Dan Brown is correct, Rosslyn Chapel is truly magical. Not only is is beautiful, but there is a feeling you get when you visit. Only a 20 minute taxi ride outside of Edinburgh it is worth a visit, especially if you have read or watched the Da Vinci Code. Keep an eye out for the spooky cat ;)

Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Take a hike up Arthur's Seat - a volcanic mountain that overlooks the city of Edinburgh. When we went in the spring the hillside was covered in all these burnt yellow flowers - it was beautiful!

 

Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill
Edinburgh castle is where the Kings and Queens of Scotland used to live. If you enjoy medieval history and battles/the army this is the place for you. Royalty has not used this castle in quite some time (it is now used by the Scottish Army) because it sits on a hill and is too drafty and cold (there is a new palace in town) but it does offer the most spectacular view of all of Edinburgh!
 

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The Royal Mile

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The Royal Mile, Edinburgh
While in Edinburgh you must take a stroll up and down the royal mile. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and shops to pop into. At the top of the mile you will find Edinburgh Castle and at the bottom you will find the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
 

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Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate
You can find the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the end of the Royal Mile. This palace is the newer of the 2 in town and it is where the Queen stays while she visits. One of the royal weddings took place here not too long ago. There are beautiful gardens in the back that are worth a stroll.
 

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St Andrews

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The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, St Andrews
If you are a golf enthusiast St Andrews is a place you must go! After all, it is where the game of golf started! To play you need to make a t-time well in advance or enter the lottery. If you are not a golf enthusiast it is still a gorgeous sea town to visit. There are beaches to stroll on, shops to visit or have lunch in one of the club houses. The town of St Andrews is also the home of St Andrews University, where Will and Kate met - you can even stop by the cafe in town where they had their first coffee date! We hired a driver to take us up to St Andrews for the day. The drive was not too bad and I am glad we did not rent a car, the roads are full of twists and turns.
 

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Highlands Day Tour

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Loch Ness, United Kingdom
We took a day tour up to the highlands (countryside and mountains) with a tour company. We stopped at a few towns along the way, took a boat ride on Loch Ness and saw where the battle of Glen Coe took place (image above). The landscape is beautiful but this was a very very long day and a lot of driving - not sure if I would do it again.
 

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Horseback Riding in North Berwick

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Seacliff Stables, North Berwick
Riding at Seacliff Stables in North Berwick was one of my favorite activities we did - you really got to take in the beauty of the countryside and beaches. This was only a short train ride away from Edinburgh. We got to ride through little villages, into farms, along the beach (even in the water). We saw famous Bass Rock and the ruins of an old castle.
 

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Rosslyn Chapel

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Rosslyn Chapel, Chapel Loan
‘When I decided to write The Da Vinci Code, I knew that its finale would have to take place at the most mysterious and magical chapel on earth — Rosslyn.’ Dan Brown
Yes, Dan Brown is correct, Rosslyn Chapel is truly magical. Not only is is beautiful, but there is a feeling you get when you visit. Only a 20 minute taxi ride outside of Edinburgh it is worth a visit, especially if you have read or watched the Da Vinci Code. Keep an eye out for the spooky cat ;)
 

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Arthur's Seat

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Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh
Take a hike up Arthur's Seat - a volcanic mountain that overlooks the city of Edinburgh. When we went in the spring the hillside was covered in all these burnt yellow flowers - it was beautiful!
 

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