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Edinburgh, Scotland | Travel

Time for another installment of the KRP travelogue. Of which I haven’t contributed to since last October. I suppose this is what happens to a photographer’s blogs once you have a baby! On this post, I’ll be sharing photos from our time in Edinburgh, Scotland. We visited for a very brief two days in May of 2017, and those two days had a big impact on both of us!

Curtis and I have been dreaming about returning to Edinburgh since we boarded the train to leave it and head to London during our trip last spring. It was that amazing. We loved everything about it. We loved the architecture.. because I mean, just look at it, there is no where else like it! We loved that it wasn’t too big. If I’m being honest, London drove both of us nuts because it was just so incredibly crowded all the ding dang time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still obsessed with London, but you try riding the Tube at rush hour. It's enough to make a person feel a wee bit mad! We loved the friendliness of the Scottish people. And we loved the history and sense of adventure we felt every time we rounded a corner. From tea in Edinburgh Castle to walks through Dean Village, I loved every single second we spent in Edinburgh, and I cannot wait until we make it back one day!

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Below are some images of St Giles Cathedral. It was stunning! I loved finding a quiet corner and just sitting to take it all in. It’s sort of surreal getting to sit inside a building that looks like it could be in a medieval movie.

We headed to Edinburgh Castle right when it opened in the morning. Pro-tip, head to the crown jewels first thing in the morning and you won’t have to feel super cramped while looking at them! We really enjoyed our time in the castle. It was like it’s own little town in there and the views were spectacular.

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The photos above are from a little part of town called Dean Village. I saw it while researching Edinburgh and was like.. yup, we have to go there. It was even more wonderful and fairy tale-like in person.

We also walked through quite a few graveyards. Anyone else fascinated by them? It’s weird, but I love the history of it all. Definitely not going at night time though, ha! We also had breakfast in the Elephant House, the place where JK Rowling wrote a good portion of the first Harry Potter book. We’re both huge HP nerds, so naturally it was a must.

Glencoe, Fort William & the Scottish Highlands | Travel

This blog post is full of a bunch of landscapes because well.. that's pretty much what I was consumed with once we arrived in the Scottish Highlands. After landing in London, we spent our first day there exploring the city (you can see photos from our first day in London on this post), but we were really excited to get on our train up to Scotland and spend a few days soaking in the natural beauty of a country we've been dying to visit for a long time. 

We arrived in Fort William fairly early in the morning and trekked to our rental car (a story for another day... it wasn't my moment of shining glory). I had requested a mid-sized sedan, we received a VW Golf. Not exactly mid-sized to us Americans, but it did the job. After figuring out how to drive on the opposite side of the road (terrifying), we made our way slightly south to Glencoe. Now, if you've ever watched James Bond's Skye Fall, you'll have seen this magnificent landscape as Bond and M made their way up to Bond's family home towards the end of the film. First, I love me some 007. Second, the moment I saw that scene, I had to figure out where on earth that was. Third, once I knew it was Glencoe, I made a mental note to my bucket list to see it for myself. And it did not disappoint! We weren't there very long because our drive to the Isle of Skye was going to take us quite a while, but it was well worth the extra 35 minutes to see such an amazing landscape. 

After a short hike and a couple of stops through Glencoe, we made our way back to Fort William for lunch and to find me an authentic Scottish wool tartan scarf. Ft William is definitely a place I would have liked to had more time in. It's such a quaint little town. We then started our journey through the highlands up to the Isle of Skye where we'd be spending the next 3 days. There were many, many stops along the way at lochs, mountain ranges, and perhaps even a little stop for the bathroom because well.. there weren't many public restrooms along the way. 

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Eilean Donan Castle was another item on our bucket list. Unfortunately, we didn't make it in time to head inside the castle, but we did get to have the entire grounds to ourselves for a time. When we first got to the castle, there were quite a few tourists hanging about, but some rain came through and everyone deserted the area for the shelter of their cars. We just decided to wait it out under the castle door's archway and portcullis, and got to explore once the rain all by ourselves. It was pretty magical, minus the hiding our camera gear in our coats. That was a little annoying. But, seriously, one of the most beautiful and magical places I've ever had the chance to experience and I'm so glad we took our time to explore such a beautiful country. 

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To see more posts about our trip to the United Kingdom, check out London, Part I