S: Scotland 2010
FC: Trip to Scotland | 2010 | By Kirsten Horn
1: For one week, November 8-16, Scotland was mine to explore. I landed in Glasgow and from there headed off to Edinburgh, the Highlands and Stirling. above: Glasgow Council Chambers (what North Americans call City Hall). left: Buchanan street, a pedestrian shipping district in Glasgow
2: Top L-R: University of Glasgow, Willows Tea Room, Peoples Palace Bottom L-R: The "Armadillo" (conference centre), inside the Kelvinbridge Museum, One of the old ship building cranes, the sand stone fountain (peoples palace) | Glasgow | The architectural and cultural capital of Europe!
3: Bus tours, walking and lots of getting lost. There was so much to see and do in Glasgow. Left: Glasgow Tower and Science Centre, hidden street by the University of Glasgow, the University of Glasgow, Kelvinbridge Museum Right: Greenhouse at the Botanic Gardens, the leaning fountain of Glasgow, the Arch (AKA the Squinty Brdige), the Botanic Gardens | Glasgownian's are among the friendliest people I have met. While the city is known for it's Architecture, I think it's the people that made the place!
4: Council Chambers - home of the Lord and Lady Provots (Mayors)
5: The Glasgow Botanic Gardens: without a doubt this was one of my favorite places. The Greenhouses were very peaceful and very bright, even on a rainy grey day.
6: My favorite site in Glasgow was none other than the Glasgow Cathedral, AKA High Kirk of Glasgow, Saint Kentigern's or St Mungo's Cathedral. This impressive building has stood in one form or another since 1137! The patron saint of Glasgow is entombed here, St. Mungo. It is also believed that the Cathedral stands upon the site of St. Mungo's Church. Glasgow Cathedral is the only Medieval Cathedral on Mainland Scotland to survive the Reformation intact!
8: Edinburgh | As my tour guide put it, I took one look and my heart jumped out of my throat. I LOVE this city!
9: My one day in Edinburgh was no where near enough time! The city was amazing, the Royal Mile was fascinating, and the stories thrilling. The history is this town, really even just on the Royal Mile was unreal. Top L-R: Greyfriars Church , Greyfriars Bobby, Rainbow over the city middle: Cityscape at night Bottom L-R: one of the many closes, a really neat monument I stumbled upon, Me with Edinburgh in the background
10: Cathedrals, spires, and city buildings. It was hard not to look like a tourist and stare at every beautiful detail | It seemed that everywhere I looked there was another nook or close to explore
11: Lush, green, rustic and breathtaking are just few of the words best used to describe the Scottish Countryside.
12: Saint Giles Cathedral Located on the Royal Miles is the beautiful St. Giles Cathedral which has one of Edinburgh's religious focal points for around 900 years! The Thistle Chapel is where Important Scottish go to get knighted! | The 2 pound photography permit was totally worth it for this place!
13: The world of Harry Potter! Yep that's right, Harry Potter started out in Edinburgh, and I got to see the important sites :) | The above plaque can be found on the front of the Cafe Rowling used to write at. Bottom L-R: the window Rowling sat at to write, the school she based Hogwarts on (located beside Greyfriar Chruch - another source of inspiration), a toombstone for the REAL Tom Riddle
14: Another one of my days was spent discovering the highlands and lochs. We went to Loch Lomond, which is the largest loch by surface area. The famous Loch Ness, which also happens to be the largest loch by water volume, we saw the locks at Loch Ness, Castle Urquhart, went all the way up to Inverness and drove through the beautiful and haunting Glencoe. While in Glencoe, our driver told us the story of the Glencoe massacre, February 13, 1692, in which 36 MacDonalds were killed in their homes by the Campbells and another 40 women and children died of exposure. While the staggering number of dead was heart wrenching enough, it was when we learned that the Campbells had been enjoying the hospitality of the MacDonalds for the previous two weeks that the air seemed to chill. All of this for the simple reason that the MacDonald Chief was late in signing an Oath of Allegiance to William.
16: Old town Sitriling was almost as enchanting as Striling Castle | I spent several hours in the castle and then spent the rest of my day wandering around town | Wish you were here! Kirsten
17: Stirling Castle! | Wallace Monument
18: University of Glasgow | Beautiful Campus
19: Police Box: hello Doctor! | Phone boxes | Irn-Brew - somehow this stuff outsells Coke and Pepsi combined | Nemo me impune lacessit - In my defens God me defend