Isle of Skye, Scotland

CROSSING THE BRIDGE TO ISLE OF SKYE

When we stopped and stared at the Isle of Skye from the mainland I knew we were about to adventure into an enchanted land. This was by far my favorite part of Scotland. I think the pictures speak for themselves.

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PORTREE, SCOTLAND

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DUNVEGAN, SCOTLAND

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THE QUIRAING WALK

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Highlands, Scotland

When I imagined Scotland I pictured rolling hills of vivid green, clear waters with that one misleading log keeping the mystery of Loch Ness Monster alive, and sunsets, lots of glorious sunsets. Although Edinburgh was beautiful in it's own way, it left me wondering if I had it all wrong. That was until I made it to the Highlands. The landscape was everything I dreamed up and more. With shades of green that I had never seen before. As the fog collected around the vibrant hilltops, I felt like I was surrounded by magic. No wonder Scotland's animal is listed as the Unicorn. I couldn't think of a place better suited for one.

LOCH LOMOND, SCOTLAND

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LUSS, SCOTLAND

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CALLANDER, SCOTLAND

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KILLIN, SCOTLAND

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ON THE ROAD TO ISLE OF SKYE

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VLOG

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh surpassed all of my expectations with its toppling castle perched high on a bright green hillside and its gloriously dark gothic buildings. The city felt reminiscent of an old childhood fairytale. Each block burst with tales of past tragedies, adventures, and victories. Its energy could be summed up in one word; alluring. 

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VLOG BREAK

On this trip Thomas and I were very adventurous. Check out our little vlog that documents us as we discover traditional Scottish music, explore Edinburgh Castle, and try HAGGIS for the first time.

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 Photo by: Thomas Pol

Photo by: Thomas Pol

 Photo by: Thomas Pol

Photo by: Thomas Pol

 Photo by Thomas Pol

Photo by Thomas Pol

 Scott Monument

Scott Monument

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 Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

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Photo by Thomas Pol

Hoek Van Holland, Harwich, and York

STENA LINE

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Photo by : Thomas Pol

On July 19th, only one day after my New Orleans feet touched down on Netherland's soil, Thomas and I boarded the Stena Line. We departed from Hoek van Holland and crossed the North Sea to Harwich, United Kingdom. The ferry was huge and the closest thing to a cruise ship I've ever experienced. It had a cafeteria, indoor and outdoor bars, a movie theater, smoking lounge, casino, arcade, and outdoor sporting courts. Thomas spent a little extra for us to have access to a private lounge which I highly recommend. Not only did it have couches and a quiet place away from the bustle of the main lobby, but it included free unlimited snacks, espresso, juice, and wine! The 6-hour journey went smoothly, thanks to the sunny weather and calm waters. 

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HARWICH, UNITED KINGDOM

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Harwich was an adorable tiny town with houses that reminded me a little bit of home with their old bricks and pastel coloring. Thomas and I grabbed dinner at a hole in the wall Turkish restaurant where in the midst of our meal, the entire staff came out with scarves and tambourines and invited everyone up to dance. It was delightful and amusing and the perfect way to start an amazing journey. We ended our evening at the pub right next to our hotel. Inside were locals, old and young, taking turns singing karaoke. They were warm, filled with loads of recommendations about our upcoming destinations, and surprisingly (seeing as it was a night of karaoke) pretty darn great at singing.

 

YORK, ENGLAND

York was bustling with tourists, hen parties, and a comedy festival that brought a modern flavor into the Medieval walls of the city. The architecture was breathtaking and exploding with history around every corner. Thomas and I walked through the streets until we found an entryway onto the Roman built wall that protected the city until the Vikings came. We ended our day at "New York," a collection of old shipping crates modernized into bars. It was quirky, unique, and sold a collection of UK's finest beers.

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Photo by Thomas Pol

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Photo by Thomas Pol

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Photo by Thomas Pol