Think about bagpipes while reading this...
In exactly 332 hours 15 minutes and 49 seconds (well maybe not exactly) two of my good friends will be landing at Glasgow International Airport for a 12 day Scottish adventure. I've already decided that I will do several blogs about the trip instead of one humongous blog that probably no one finishes reading, like I usually do. I'll try and write in my travel diary every night so that I will remember all the events of the day. It's been difficult trying to plan out the trip when we're an ocean apart, but I think we've managed to do a good job. We've started booking some hostels so I thought I'd give you guys a sneak peek of the first several days of the trip.
Day one will consist of:
~Airport pick-up around 10 am
~stop at Glencoe for the best Highland scenery~fish and chips in Fort Augustus (home of Nessie)
~tour of Eileen Donan Castle (used in Made of Honor film!)
~drive on to Isle of Skye and stop in Portree, the islands capital (also in Made of Honor)
~drive on to our hostel with great views of the coast of the island
~drive around Isle of Skye stopping at whatever looks interesting
~end up back in Fort Augustus for the night (perhaps another fish and chips dinner!)
~drive across Scotland to Stonehaven to tour Dunnottar Castle
~drive along the east coast of Scotland stopping at any fishing villages that look cute
~depending on the time, we may stop at St. Andrews, the home of golf, and a great little town (Prince William went to uni there!)
~end up back in Edinburgh
The next few days will be spent in Edinburgh walking the Royal Mile, touring Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace (where the Queen stays when in the city) and probably some shopping, among other things.
We are going to visit Northumberland in Northern England, but we haven't finalized our plans for that part of the trip yet. It will include a trip to Alnwick Castle, used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. It's also the second largest inhabited castle, the first being Windsor Castle. Can you imagine living there???
Well, thats it so far. I'll give you updates as soon as we finalize plans for the second part of our trip. It will probably consist of some day trips from Edinburgh to the borders, St. Andrews if we didn't get to see it at the end of our road trip and other small villages along the east coast below Edinburgh.
I can't wait!