And so they begin. With a groupie.
|The best photobomb I've ever experienced.|
|View from the overlook outside of the Castle Gates|
|Views from Calton Hill|
Edinburgh was a lot of fun, but the overwhelming highlight for me was our epic day trip to the Highlands. I've dreamed about visiting the Highlands for years--studying the history and culture, reading books about it and novels set there... In short, I'm a total Highlands Fan Girl. So this trip was my long-awaited pilgrimage, and it was everything I hoped it'd be and more.
|In some village between Edinburgh and Inverness whose name has now escaped me.|
But I want to live there.
|First view. Love at first sight.|
|Clearly exhausted but literally LOVING LIFE.|
|Our fantastic tour guide. Seriously one of the best I've ever had.|
|I don't know if she looks like this, but obviously Nessie exists.|
|Mark doesn't believe.|
|Searching for Nessie!|
|I'm actually on Loch Ness.|
|Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness|
|I think this is the point where I forgot to breathe from sheer joy.|
Some places between Loch Ness and Glen Coe
|I was so happy and tired I could hardly keep my eyes open!|
|Wish I could remember the name of these castle ruins, but it was somewhere near Ben Nevis.|
|The Jacobite Express railway, aka Hogwarts Express|
Glen Coe valley
|Sheep! The cherry on top of a picture perfect view.|
If you couldn't tell, my pilgrimage to the Highlands was a smashing success. Considering it was a whirlwind whistle-stop day tour, I got to see, hear and experience enough to satisfy my soul's yearning... for now. One day I will go back and spend a nice long visit to just the highlands, but for now my soul rests easier knowing I've been and seen with my own eyes.
Back to Edinburgh
|Edinburgh Castle obviously featured in A LOT of my photos.|
|Thistle is Scotland's national flower.|
Royal Botanical Gardens
You all know by now that I am proper obsessed with flowers and gardens. So naturally when I learned that the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh were free, I made sure we paid a visit before heading home. If you don't care about beautiful or lovely creations, then just skip these photos and stay a heathen.
|This sweet old woman was just laying on a bench in the gardens reading her book. Bless her.|
I want to be just like her when I grow up. #lifegoals
|Nothing like a little California Sequoia tree in Scotland.|
|I've never seen this kind of lily. I love it!|
|Heather--one of my faves.|
|Another new kind of lily for me. I want these, too.|
We finished our trip with a brief visit to the harbour, but we ran out of time to explore much. Hopefully when I go back next month I'll get a chance to see a bit more!
|HMS Belfast--the Royal Family's decommissioned yacht|