Scottish Favorites

Now that I have temporarily quenched my thirst for all things Scottish, it’s time to reveal some of my favorites, from the Isle of Skye, to Pitlochry, to Edinburgh.  Too bad I don’t have a photo of every plaid pattern I saw on my trip to Scotland, but I do have wonderful experiences and places worth sharing. Continue reading

Isle of Skye Botanical Beauties

The imaginative tales of the Isle of Skye fairies, are not so hard to believe, especially when surrounded by magical gardens. If you don’t accept the existence of fairies, you might change your mind with these breathtaking, Isle of Skye botanical beauties. At every turn, I was captivated by fascinating flowers. I discovered fairy hats and sparklers; chandeliers and fireworks; fairy ladders and cushions. They were all in plain sight, but the fairies were asleep.

The Dunvegan Castle gardens were the most enchanting, although the nature walks at the Clan Donald Centre gardens were stunning. The lilies below were waiting to greet us in front of a wonderful shop called Bay Pottery in Armadale.

 

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Raincoat Review

Having a great appreciation for style, I feel compelled to share my first official fashion review.  A month before my vacation, my daughter urged me to order a raincoat (AKA Mac) from Boden. She explained how important it is that we make a fashion statement upon arriving at our destination.  I must admit I was reluctant because I’m the type that always wears dark clothes so I blend in with everyone else.  Sometimes, I need to take a giant step out of my comfort zone.

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Scottish Flag Tray

Tartan Scottie Dog from Ness

Tartan Scottie Dog from Ness

While daydreaming of my recent trip to Scotland, I decided to make a tray for my desk to display a few souvenirs.

I purchased a wooden plaque, craft paint and drawer handles to create a tray.

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Scotland Memories

The B&B Moyness House in Inverness was perfectly charming with Victorian accents, interesting nooks, beautiful moulding, a coal-burning fireplace and large windows. We found the sitting room to be very comfy. It was a perfect spot for writing in our journals since we wanted to capture every detail of our trip. The Highland breakfast was amazing as promised. After three mornings of the best fresh eggs, bacon and vegetables imaginable, it was time to pack the car and head to Edinburgh.

Moines House B&B

Moyness House B&B

Did I forget to mention, the one thing I absolutely didn’t want to do was rent a car?! Turns out, even though the train ride from Edinburgh to Inverness would have been fascinating, the car thing (driving on the wrong side) wasn’t so bad.  I’m pretty sure I scared my daughter way more than any other drivers in Scotland and ultimately she took over that responsibility!  Score one for Miss Daisy!

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Feasting on Scotland

Going on holiday to Scotland, I just knew I would lose a couple of pounds enjoying the fresh air walking to shops and restaurants.  Ha! After the first meal I realized I was in trouble.  I traveled with my daughter Andrea, who practically invented the word “foodie”!  She is an amazing little chef on her own, therefore she notices every detail down to each select spice used in creating a dish.  I’m constantly learning new aspects of the food world from her. Me, I’m always studying the design and atmosphere of the restaurants.

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Outlander Tour

When you realize that you are an obsessive Outlander fan, do you indulge your fancies or seek professional therapy?  I recommend the indulgence route 100% and encourage implore you to take a trip to Scotland!

Castle Leod, a view into the past.

Castle Leod, a view into the past.

I admit, my daughter and I are what you could describe as Outlander disciples and yes, we are a wee bit obsessive.  If you have had the pleasure of reading the Outlander series, then you should be able to empathize with our preoccupation with all things Outlander.

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