Sometimes I go in my dreams. Sometimes I go in real time. It’s usually this time of year. Travel Scotland.
About three years ago my husband Darrell and I decided life was too short not to invest more fully in one another. He invested in me by asking a question.
“If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?”
Without hesitation, I replied, “Scotland.”
I know. Braveheart or (Liz Curtis Higgs) stunning Scottish fiction might cross your mind. For me, the words slipped off my tongue as easy as water from the highland mountains. Quick and without reserve.
So began a love affair with a country I will never get over. Never cease to marvel about. Tingle just thinking about her people and landscape.
In tense moments when I need to get away or when I least expect it, scenes from Edinburgh, Oban, or Inverness tease the corner of my mind. On a daily basis, I think of the good friends we made on the Isle of Skye. Two trips now to Old Church B & B on the isle, and I’d go again tomorrow if the coins were in the coffers.
Or if life would permit the trip.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Planning the trip was fun. No tours. No hotels. Just bed and breakfasts and our crazy car rides on the wrong side of the road. And sometimes on the wrong side of the off ramps. (Darrell, I know I wasn’t supposed to tell them that story. . .)
How did I plan? I studied the map and consulted Secret Scotland, Undiscovered Scotland, Visit Scotland, and Trip Advisor. Conquer Scotland’s perimeter, at least part of it, in nine days. That was my goal.
And we did.
I like to think God was sitting beside me as I poured over the sites . . . Edinburgh. Fort George. Inverness. Loch Ness. Skye. Glencoe. Sterling.
But the nuggets we found after we arrived, made the trip.
“What are the top three ‘must-see’ places in your area,” I asked. The locals never disappointed us.
If you plan to make THE trip, keep these things in mind:
- Remain a few days in each region.
- Bring a topical to keep the highland midges away. (Read to find out what they are!)
- Take a small umbrella and poncho.
- Check out Explorer Pass.
- Buy advanced tickets to avoid long waits.
- Don’t go the week(s) before school starts. (Crowds . . .)
Share your travel plans and tips with us in the comments section.
Until next time,
Diane and Darrell