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Great Scotland Part 1
Close your eyes and think of #Scotland. What comes up? Green, rolling hills with castles in the distance, bagpipes playing in the background. Well, that Scotland that's #active in your mind is real. It's a wonderful place for #relaxation - even if you only have 2 days.
We arrived in Scotland kind of late, and were pretty exhausted after a long and adventurous road trip.
To be honest, we didn't get much of an impression of Edinburgh that night, since all we wanted to do was check into our hotel, the Sheraton Grand Edinburgh, and go straight to sleep, which is exactly what we did. The rest was just what the doctor ordered!
Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa
We woke up the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to explore a brand new country. As we stepped out into the misty morning, we were surprised to see the looming Edinburgh Castle directly above our hotel. The location ended up being ideal for exploring around the city. Scotland turned out to be exactly how I imagined it!
Edinburgh Castle Tour in Scotland
Edinburgh Gin Distillery Tour, Scotland
Edinburgh Bus Tour
To give you an idea of what I was expecting, let's just say that I may or may not have watched Brave on our flight to Europe earlier that week. I'm bummed that we only had two days to spend in this beautiful country... but I must admit, we sure made the best of it. Here are a few recommendations for Scottish must do's:
- Hike to the top of Arthur's Seat. Warning: this is no easy feat, but you can do it! The views from the top are simply marvelous!
On our second day in Scotland, we really wanted to explore outside of the city center. We've heard great reviews about The Hairy Coo Tours, and thankfully, our research did not disappoint! Here are just a few places that we had a chance to visit:
thankfully, our research did not disappoint!
- National Wallace Monument in Stirling
Braveheart may be a great movie, but according to Russel, our trusty tour guide, Mel Gibson didn't do the real William Wallace ANY justice. For starters, did you know the guy was 6'6"?! Mel is only 5'9" in real life, just in case you were wondering. He also wasn't as forgiving to the man that murdered his family as it may have seemed. In fact, Wallace decided that using the guy's back skin as a belt would be a fair punishment. Yikes!
- The Lochs, Mountains and Glens of the stunning Trossachs
I just love how green this country is!
Not sure I was completely prepared to venture out into the wilderness and face these guys.
Bleck! That slug was seriously the size of my hand!
- My favorite part of the day was when we went on the Hairy Coo Off-Road Safari
What are hairy coos exactly? They're actually just hairy cows, pronounced with a Scottish accent. And they're adorable. We were lucky to come across a few who wanted to snack on some bread, that the tour guide just happened to have laying around.
Loch Ness, Highlands & Whisky Tour, Scotland
Edinburgh Bus Tour
"The Double Death Walking Tour" in Edinburgh
They're actually just hairy cows, pronounced with a Scottish accent.
- Finished the day off by paying a visit to Monty Python's Doune Castle
Yep, this place was actually used to film the original movie, and it still looks like it belongs in a fairy tale.
it still looks like it belongs in a fairy tale.
Have you ever been to Scotland? Are you in love with it just like I am? I can't wait to go back!