Where can you see a Palace and a Castle in one day? The incredible city of Edinburgh…

Holyrood Holyrood.  A working palace, a palace of old and new, well mostly old but the current (new) monarchy use this Palace when in Scotland.  It is truly a beautiful Palace.  The history, like all the castles and palaces in Scotland, are simply incredible to me, either ruin or ones that still host Royalty, I …

Have you been to Calton Hill?

I have been to Calton Hill.  I went there at the end of April 2016 for the incredible Beltane Fire Festival!  It was so cold that night, but totally worth all the frozen toes, I really thought I was dressed warm, ha! the cold air from Scotland fooled the Southern California girl and it was …

Incredible views of Edinburgh thanks to the impressive Scott Monument…

Breakfast Did I mention how wonderful our hosts were at Bunree?  If not I will again.  Una and Hamish were so nice and helpful and great cooks!!  After a wonderful meal, we headed out to Halbeath Park and Ride to take the bus into Edinburgh.  I recommend taking public transportation as much as you can, some places …

Dunfermline Palace and Abbey

The Palace This is my second visit and I believe it was Paula’s 1st visit to Dunfermline Palace and Abbey. I loved it here, heck I love all the castles, castle ruins, and abbeys, etc. that I have been to in Scotland.   The Royals Many of the Scottish monarchs favored Dunfermline as a residence.  History …

Rosslyn Chapel

First stop Our first stop after leaving the airport and getting our rental car.  First, a shout out to Paula for driving.  I know I posted driving in the U.K. in previous posts, but this is where I watched and tried to learn.  Paula, I would say was an expert driver, left or right side, …

Scotland how I have missed you…

I really love Scotland If I have not made it clear in my posts of Scotland, I love Scotland.  Since I was little, Scotland has always been my dream place.  So, in 2016 I went almost a whole month and embraced as much as I could and then realized that I need and I say …

Elgin Cathedral

Beautiful, Elgin Cathedral in the town of Elgin in Scotland.  I was not going to go here, but the custodian at Spynie Palace told me about it and well, it really was 10 minutes away from Spynie, so why not?  I am so glad that I did. Why stop the trip now?  After visiting Balvenie …

Spynie Palace…. Palace of my ancestors

Spynie Palace.  Upon entering I approached the custodian of the Palace for the day, who was a Stewart like me for information on visiting the site.  He filled me on some cool details about the Stewarts and much more. Spynie Palace  It was pretty cool to stand where my ancestor built something so cool and …

Have you heard of Balvenie Castle?

Balvenie Castle Near enough for a day drive from Aberdeen.  I did make it to my B&B and it was a wonderful sleep and delicious breakfast.  Off I went after Dave parked my car for me the night before… I tell you after this trip, I am so much more confident driving on the left …