Have you ever ended up in a destination that you never really thought about going to before you were in the process of booking your ticket? That was me and Scotland. My friend moved there for a few months over the summer and I enthusiastically vowed to visit her without knowing much about the destination.
So I boarded the plane not knowing what to expect. Austin to London non-stop. The fact we now have a non-stop flight to Europe is very exciting in itself.
First stop, Edinburgh.
The old and the new collide. Man in a kilt orders ice cream in a park overlooking hundreds-year-old monuments.
Arthur’s Seat. A popular hiking spot in Edinburgh.
Monument on Calton Hill, Edinburgh.
Road trip through the Scottish Highlands.
Castles dotted the countryside all along our road trip.
Where the fairies live.
The Orkney Islands.
This tropical-looking archipelago off the northern tip of Scotland is home to 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The majestic Ring of Brodgar is a neolithic henge and stone circle OLDER THAN STONEHENGE. It served as a monument and ceremonial space, and was a powerful place to explore.
Skara Brae. A neolithic village on the Bay of Skaill.
The Bay of Skaill. Looks tropical, feels chilly.
The elusive Scottish Coo (aka Rasta Longhorn as we like to call him).
Looking back, it was probably for the best that I didn’t know anything about Scotland before going. It is known for being cold and rainy year-round and having lots of museums. I don’t think I would have chosen to go there had it not been for my friend and there were so many unexpected things I truly enjoyed. The countryside is majestic and beautiful, even in the rain. And when it rains, there are waterfalls everywhere! The coastlines are rugged and dramatic. The history is rich and such an important part of the Scottish culture.
It was an awesome adventure that I didn’t even see coming.