maddie in scotland

That’s right! This past weekend I ventured to the land of kilts, sheep, and castles. I went with a few of my friends, and we stayed in Edinburgh. What a wonderful city!

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I loved the old city feeling and all the people that spoke english! Italy is great and all, but I like understanding people! We didn’t have too much time in Edinburgh, but it was a good amount to get the feel for the city and see the sights!

The first day, we went to the Scottish National Gallery. I was surprised by what a large collection they had. Plus it was free! Most of the museums were free, except the castles. After spending a couple hours in the gallery, we decided to wander around the shops near by. We came across this giant monument that you could walk up. So, for £5, we climbed ~240 steps to the top of The Scott Monument. The stairs were so narrow!

 

What a hike! But what a view! (Dad:you would not like this one, haha. It was very high up!) I was feeling a little claustrophobic going up and down the stairs, I must say. I had to keep looking at my feet otherwise, I started to get panicky. Yikes!

Then we found a pub to eat at (yummy!) and went to bed because we had an early morning ahead.

The next morning we went on a fantastic bus tour to the West Highlands and Lochs, as well as Doune Castle and Inverary Castle. Doune Castle was especially fun for me, because two of my favorite shows, Outlander, and Game of Thrones, were filmed there! It was cold and rainy, but the views were amazing. The highland area was full of rolling green hills and mountains. Sheep dotted the landscape with the occasional fury highland cow. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what we saw:

 

It was hard to top off such a great tour, but we did with Indian food! I was so thankful for some spice and something other than pasta!

Our last day was a bit less busy. I explored the city a bit by myself because some people didn’t want to visit any more castles. But, that’s the whole reason I wanted to go to Scotland! So I visited the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is where the royal family stays when they visit Scotland. It was absolutely stunning. I wasn’t allowed to take pictures inside, but I got a few from the front:

I also walked the Royal Mile, which is a road that is literally a mile which led straight to the Palace. There were lots of shops and pubs, but it was mainly a very touristy area. I passed by the Parliment Building as well.

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The outside looks interesting doesn’t it?? Almost like guns??

After that, it was time to head back to Milan! I will miss Scotland, but that just means I need to go back!!

 

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