I took a day tour through the highlands to see Loch Ness. We stopped in several key places to see a highland cow, sheep, herding clinics, Glen Coe, various bridges, Stirling Castle, and passed places that I could begin to pronounce. It was rainy, extremely wet, cold, and absolutely beautiful. By the end of the day I knew I had fallen in love with Scotland. I knew that three days wasn't possibly going to be enough.
I spent a day exploring the high street, wandering in and out of shops. I visited Grey Friars Kirk a grave yard which contained a very special dog. Grey Friars Bobby a little dog who was so besotted with his master that he spent 14 years laying by his grave. He was taken care of by the parish and earned himself a place at the front of the grave yard for his devotion. I also visited a cafe where J.K. Rowling first wrote Harry Potter, in the back room looking out upon Edinburgh Castle. I spent an evening in a Scottish pub. I even visited the National Museum.
I visited the Castle of course and the history of the Scots was astounding. I felt a connection knowing that my ancestors came from Scotland. It made the history so much more. The architecture throughout the small bit of Edinburgh that I had the chance to see was absolutely amazing. It was full of stonework, cobblestones, alleyways, and gothic monuments.
I felt at home in the land of bagpipes, kilts and Scottish accents.