Traveling By way of Scotland
A couple of years back, my husband and I took a trip to Scotland. We had been lucky enough to get discounted rates on our airfare and hotels. We even got an extra discount on our automobile rental for booking the entire package together.
Our arrival city was Glasgow, and what a city it is! We picked up our auto rental at the airport and headed to our hotel which had an superb location for touring the city on foot. At around 9:00 p.m. right after a brief nap to knock off the jet lag, we headed out to explore Glasgow and we discovered it has a surprisingly lively night life.
We walked to Sauchiehall Street, renowned for its many shops and bars. For an individual with a late night hunger attack, Glasgow is perfect. At around 10:15 p.m. we had been consuming fresh and delicious fish and chips from a well-known place that is open till the wee hours. We then headed to a pub for a couple of pints ahead of going back to the hotel.
The subsequent day, we headed on to the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
Sadly, we did not rent a GPS along with our vehicle rental and that was a huge mistake. We drove around seeking for our hotel for at least 4 hours. It was not entirely unpleasant, as Edinburgh is a lovely spot, but I highly advocate you do your sightseeing at your leisure, not although searching for your hotel.
We took off early the subsequent morning to see what Edinburgh had to provide. We walked to the Edinburgh Castle, and there is so considerably to see that it took up our complete morning. After that we walked down the street to a kiltmakers and weavers shop, where we watched the procedure of kilts being made, purchased some souvenirs and got our pictures taken in full Scottish apparel. That was actually fun, and the people that ran the spot had been really friendly to all the tourists.
Immediately after that, we had lunch and then just shopped in souvenir shops for the rest of the day.
After Edinburgh, we visited the Stirling Castle and the Smith Art Gallery and Museum. From Stirling, we went to Perth. Although we did not do a lot there, it was a great town to walk around and get pleasure from the views of the River Tay.
Following Perth came Aberdeen. We visited the Aberdeen Maritime Museum the Provost Ross's Residence, which is the second oldest dwelling residence in Aberdeen. We also visited David Welch Winter Gardens, a lovely covered garden with a stunning array of plants, flowers, pools and fish. They had so a lot of uncommon and exotic plants on show from around the planet, you could get lost in the beauty of it all.
From Aberdeen we started on our way to Dunkeld, exactly where our subsequent reservation was, or so we thought. We got our hotel reservation dates a tiny mixed up, and rather of having a room in Dunkeld on this night in particular, we had a reservation in a tiny town referred to as Ballater.
We had to drive via the Grampian Mountains that night to get to Ballater. We stopped on the way at a little restaurant where we enjoyed a delicious dinner of Steak Diane, the beef being of the Highland Cow.
Despite the fact that it is only about a 60 mile drive, it took a long time to get there, since would not you know, it began to snow! We weren't even sure we were going in the proper direction as it was snowing so difficult that the signs had been covered and all we had was an Atlas. Fortunately we produced it, but we got to our hotel in Ballater past midnight. Upon our arrival, the hotel staff was very welcoming and sympathetic with our scenario and gave us a area upgrade and a small bottle of wine. When we got up the next day, we went to check out the area. The burgh of Ballater is really tiny with a lot of outdoor activities, skiing, hiking, biking, etc. As we are not extremely winter-sport oriented, we only stayed for the one particular night.
We headed back to Dunkeld for the next few days and stayed at the Hilton Dunkeld Residence hotel. It was incredible. On Saturday night, they had a fantastic dinner and a reside band playing standard Scottish dancing music. Even though the kitchen closed about 9:30, the band played on and the guests danced late into the evening. If you are ever in Dunkeld on a weekend, I extremely suggest you stay at this property and have dinner in the lounge to knowledge this great time.
Right after Dunkeld our subsequent quit was Inverness. Inverness was by far my preferred city in Scotland. It is little adequate that you don't really feel overwhelmed, and you can not actually get lost, but it is massive sufficient to locate lots of issues to do, day and night. We went shopping on High Street, visited Loch Ness and took numerous photographs. The locals were very friendly, type and informative.
After Inverness, we drove up via the Highlands over the next few days, just took our time going from place to spot, enjoying the scenery. I took many pictures of the sheep and sweet seeking highland cows. We drove along the coast and ended up staying at a lighthouse (Rua Reidh) hotel just outside the burgh of Melvaig, on the west coast of Scotland. Right after we left Rua Reidh, we headed back toward Inverness for a handful of far more days due to the fact we liked it so significantly. We spent a couple of more days sightseeing and touring about and buying nearby fare to take back residence.
Finally, it was time to head back to the Glasgow Airport. On our last night, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport which is conveniently located on airport property, so we only had to walk across to the terminal.
Our time in Scotland seemed to go by as well rapidly, I was sad to see it end. I hope that we get a likelihood to go back and do some things more than again, and do some issues we did not get to do the very first time. If you ever have the chance to travel to Scotland, jump at the opportunity. And do not forget to make sure when you reserve your rental automobile to say "YES" to the GPS!
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