Exploring Scotland

Exploring Scotland

I absolutely fell in love with the beauty and magnificence of Scotland.  There is so much natural beauty that city development cannot destroy and this visit was a true connection with nature.  I would love to share my entire Scotland photo album with all of you. However, I have over 300 photos and clearly not enough time, nor space to share them all.

 

First thing I learned in Scotland...our Statue of Liberty has a sister. Meet the Statue of Truth. 

 

Statue of Truth

 

On our first day in Scotland, we were able to take advantage of a tour of Glasgow.  One of the interesting finds we came across was the historic Victorian cemetery, Necropolis.  Necropolis is a cemetery that is marked with some amazing architecture and stories of some historic names and figures.  One of the names that I personally came across was that of William M'Gavin, author of The Protestant.  It was just an interesting find seeing as though I was not actually looking for anyone in particular.  But his grave marking was massive.  It resembled that of a memorial or monument (similar to the statues that you may find in a war memorial rather than a grave).  One thing to keep in mind is during this time, people were often recogized for what they did.  For instance, you will notice that the enscription on the stone reads "Merchant, Glasgow" and that he was the "Author, The Protestant."  Many of the headstones would also read their lineage - particularly for women who were married into a family.

 

Necropolis

Necropolis Cemetery

 

William M'Gavin Monument

 

Now that formal introductions are out of the way...Again, one of the things I don't think I could have captured enough was the natural beauty of this country.  There are over 31,000 lochs (big and small) in Scotland.  I found it kind of hard to believe myself but the majority of our driving tour through the country was near or surrounded by water, so it isn't too hard to believe.  Another great thing that this natural beauty provides is the natural waterfalls that poor from many of the mountains.  Here are a few photos from our tour.

 

One of 31000 lochs

Scenic Drop

Scotland Beauty

Waterfall 1 Waterfall 2

 

If you have never learned about the Glencoe massacre, you should try and read up on it.  Really a tragic story, but these three mountains below represent a sense of hope for the community.  In order, they are Faith, Hope, and Charity.  Officially, this is my favorite place in the world - even if my time there was just for 10 minutes.  Simply beautiful!!!!

 

Faith Hope Charity

 

Here are a few more pictures taken on our way to the famous Loch Ness.  First, we had the privilege of taking a picture with a bagpipe player.  You can't see it, but he was actually wearing his kilt.  The second picture is of part of our group in front of "Hope."  The last picture is another bridge in the world that leads to absolutely nowhere.  But, it is a part of Scotland's history and scenic beauty.

 

Bagpipe Player Hope with the Girls Bridge Going Nowhere

 

We have all heard the stories of the Loch Ness monster.  Well, here is our visit to Loch Ness.  All of the below pictures are of the remains of Urquhart Castle but they were taken from the lake since we were on a boat ride tour of the lake.  The story that we were told is that if you take all the lakes and rivers in England and dump them into the area that is Loch Ness, you still would't be able to fill it.  And unfortunately, we did not see Nessie, the infamous Loch Ness Monster.  However, we did leave an interesting story in the book on our lake tour in which our run in with Nessie may have been embellished slightly.

 

Urquhart 1

Urquhart 2

Urquhart 3

Urquhart 4

 

Scotland was simply a beautiful country.  Didn't get a chance to try any famous Scottish dishes, but the experience itself was wonderful.

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