Posts Tagged ‘Scotland’

Lady in the Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are a place of legends. The Loch Ness monster, William Wallace, and Bonnie Prince Charlie are just a few. Add to that the tradition of storytelling and the abundance of whisky distilleries, and the myths grow more miraculous. But legends alone are an insufficient way to experience the staggering beauty of the landscapes and lochs, the craggy cliffs and snow-capped mountains that wash the hills with waterfalls. No, this is a place that must be seen, felt, and tasted to be true.

Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland

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Lady on the Isle of Skye

You have to be a wee bit crazy to go to Scotland in January. It’s cold, it’s dark, and it’s empty. Except if it’s unseasonably warm, the sun rises late enough to see the sky glowing orange and pink at nine in the morning, and you like visiting beautiful places free of crowds. In that case, you’re pretty wise. Or really lucky, like I was this week when I traveled to the Isle of Skye.

Portree on the Isle of Skye

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Lady Celebrates Hogmanay in Edinburgh

Whatever you do, don’t call it New Year’s Eve. We’re in Edinburgh, after all, and we call it Hogmanay here. And it’s not just a fancy name for something celebrated all over the world. No, it encompasses three days of festivities filled with torchlight processions, street parties, fireworks, concerts, ceilidhs, and competitions.

Hogmanay

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Lady Does a Day in Edinburgh

My trip to Scotland didn’t want to happen. Both of my flights got canceled, and I ended up traveling by train up and taking a delayed flight to another airport back. But sometimes a difficult journey makes the time spent in a place all the sweeter, and my 24 hours in Edinburgh were no exception.

Edinburgh

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Lady on the Isle

My grandmother grew up in Glasgow. When she was just a wee lass, Glasgow was an important industrial hub and the River Clyde buzzed–quite literally–with industry and growth. Culture flourished as Scotland’s most famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, designed the likes of the Willow Tea Rooms and the Glasgow School of Art. The city was on the up and up.

Glasgow School of Art

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