|view to the sea from Glengorm Castle|
Shortly after New Year's my daughter, Steph, and I were chatting online (I still don't Skype), and she off-handedly mentioned that it would be fun to take another family trip to Scotland. Ha ha, ja, ja... dream on. I mentioned her comment to M, and within 30 minutes we were looking at which self-catering accommodations at Glengorm were available for five in June.
She was in Wisconsin for the holidays and playing cards with my son (Alex) and his girlfriend (Liv), and I told her to ask him at some point to see if Liv wanted to join us. She laughed and said that he had *literally* just asked her how to ask me if Liv could come along. She enthusiastically said "Yes!" So we were apparently all on the same page.
Over the next several days we booked a flat in the castle, a rental car, our flights coming from three different locations, a B&B near Tyndrum and the Real Food Café for our first night in Scotland on the way to Oban, and the same B&B for a night on our way back to Edinburgh because Al wanted to make a stop in Falkirk to see the wheel and the Kelpies. We also found an AirBnB flat in Edinburgh for our three nights there at the end of the trip before everyone flies back to their various homes.
We found flights all arriving in and departing from Edinburgh within 2 hours of each other (we're pressing our thumbs that no one has any delays and Lufthansa pilots & personnel don't go on strike)!
Then the "kids" (they're all over 20) started looking for "Things to see and do in Scotland". They're all Harry Potter fans, so I came up with the idea to head north after our week on Mull to Glenfinnan to see the viaduct. Liv mentioned Loch Lommond and the Trossachs as well as Glencoe, Al had already talked about Falkirk and wanting to see castles, and Steph focused on Edinburgh (the Elephant House Café, Arthur's Seat, Greyfriar's Churchyard...)
|family trip, 2008|
|Puffins on Staffa, 2010|
|pony-trekking on Mull, 2010|
|my kids at Loch Na Keal, Mull, 2007|
Duart (on Mull)
Glengorm (though there's no tour, I can tell him about its history),
Linlithgow Mary, Queen of Scots was born here in 1542
Callendar House Mary, Queen of Scots' 1st marriage agreement was signed here
Tantallon Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here in 1566
Hailes Mary, Queen of Scots stayed here in 1567
Holyrood Mary, Queen of Scots lived here in 1561
Edinburgh Castle Mary, Queen of Scots had a baby here (the future King James VI and I)
|Tantallon Castle ruins, with Bass Rock|
Bass Rock is a bird colony. It looks white because it's covered in bird shit.
It is so much fun to see the kids excited about the trip and getting involved in the planning. M and I loved our trip to Scotland in 2015 and really enjoyed the time for just the two of us, but it's also great fun to share the excitement and planning with others.
We will pay a visit to the Great Polish Map of Scotland during our days in Edinburgh and have a meal with our dear friends (and only wedding guests/witnesses), who live near Edinburgh.
I know it's not a common thing for bloggers to write about a trip before it happens, but I'm caught up in the excitement and the planning, and I couldn't help myself.