Scotland a marvelous masterpiece created none other than the Grand Master, is a treat for your eyes. From stupendous castles, titanic Highlands, fertile plains, the populated Lowlands, crashing oceans, meandering rivers, distilleries, flora and fauna, cathedrals, pine forests et al, Scotland showcases it all! The distinctive Scottish blithe adds more charm.
Forming the northern part of Great Britain, it's surrounded by Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and by North Sea in the east!
Glasgow, the biggest city was crowned as European City of Culture in 1990. The Victorian structures dotting the city look magnificent. The Museum of Transport showcases vintage cars, bicycles, buses, fire-engines, steam locomotives, prams and trams! The Winter Gardens is dotted with exotic palms and Doulton Fountain and Green Garden are attractions. A must-see is the award winning St. Mungo Museum, wherein you explore Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Sikkhism and Christianity. Here's Britain's first Japanese Zen Garden in tranquil settings. The Burrell Museum exhibits a unique collection of art in a lovely woodland setting.
Aberdeen (Granite City) offers a grand spectacle with its captivating architecture of 15 castles. The Union Street (Granite Mile) has over 800 shops and restaurants. The lovely parks, with resplendent blossoms, look enchanting. The colonnaded Art Gallery has a fine collection of exhibits. St. Machar Cathedral in Old Aberdeen looks impressive. Children will enjoy a trip to Storybook Glen. The Lemon Tree is a venue for live music, puppet shows, comedy and theatre performances. The Duthie Park Winter Gardens contains a Japanese garden. The Victorian Corridor here has 70 hanging baskets and exotic cacti. Moray boasts of eight distilleries.
Glamis Castle, Dundee is the family home of the Earls since 1372 and the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother! The castle however is open only from 29th March to 31st October.
Your visit to Scotland is incomplete without a visit to Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city-centre skyline. The castle is shrouded in mystery that has swept the place for thousands of years, where the first settlements came 3000 years back! It has been the abode of Scotland's kings and queens. Comparing Paris and Edinburgh, poet R.L. Stevenson had remarked, Edinburgh is what Paris ought to be!
Just relax in the Ness Islands, Inverness, by the River Ness. The Cawdor Castle, dating back to 14th century, is one of the most romantic castles in Scotland.
The Stirling Castle has been the home of monarchs of yore. The Old Town with cobbled streets, in Stirling has well-preserved medieval and Renaissance churches and mansions. You'll die for the period street furniture and Victorian style wrought iron furniture here. Stroll along the Back Walk that offers a scenic vista around the castle and Old Town. The National Wallace Monument gained prominence after Mel Gibson played William Wallace in the Oscar-winning movie-Braveheart.
Traveling back to my 2009 trips
Watching travelers in an airport coffee shop while waiting for my flight, I couldn't help but wonder what 2010 has for me when it comes to traveling. Of course, 2009 was a good one. I have covered almost 20,000 miles, visited four countries, and enjoyed several beaches and landmarks. It was my first time to cross the Pacific, expanding my journeys beyond Asia, and to travel during my birthday. Looking ... Read full Blog post
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For this trip we rented a Nissan Patrol 4x4 and we have traveled 13,756 kilometers. Of course we had carefully read an auto blog in order to pick up the best car for this long trip. The Australian roads are in excellent condition, the maximum speed is 100/110 miles per hour. Potentially dangerous situations encountered driving outback, due to kangaroos or cows crossing the road. However there ... Read full Blog post