Saturday, May 24, 2014

My Quarter Homeland

Since castles and farm animals are some of my favourite things, when J came over to visit me in London we took the train to Edinburgh, rented a car and drove around the highlands of Scotland. It was really beautiful, highly photogenic, and full of cute highland cattle, sheep and lambs which are not as friendly and huggable as they should be. If you ever get the chance I highly recommend visiting. I only wish we had more time. I had about 50 castles I wanted to see and a dozen scenic 3-hour-plus hikes and had to do some serious editing for the 4 days we had. The highlight was definitely Dunnottar, the ruin of a castle fortress situated at the top of a craggly cliff on the coast of north-east Scotland (seen in the second and third to last photos).

My grandfather was Scottish, making me a quarter Scottish, and I'm thinking about getting a tiny thistle tattoo in memory of him and this trip.


Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

Thistle tattoo would be a fitting tribute and nice memory.
Pretty countryside. I need to visit some castles...and my Scottish friends.

Mia said...

Absolutely stunning scenery and photographs. It would be nice to one day really come home to a castle.


Beautiful trip. Reminds me of Ireland we visited couple years ago. We drove across the entire country, visiting monuments on Atlantic coast. The spiritual energy was remarkable.

Stephanie said...

Mia- I know! A castle isn't too much to ask for is it? haha

D- I would love to go to Ireland next. I will have to email you for tips! I'm ashamed to say that I got a little teary hearing bagpipes for the first time in Edinburgh, but after a while the feeling wore off because they were everywhere!