I Love Love Love Love Love Love Scotland
July 2, 2008
The Husband and I just returned from our perfect Scottish holiday and we couldn’t be happier or more relaxed and in love with everything Scottish. The highlandsare breathtaking. As we drove through Glencoe on the way to Fort William I said, “It’s so wonderful here. I didn’t know there was such a beautiful place in the world. I love the world!” The H said, “If you persist on baaa-ing at every sheep we pass I will be forced to use the Passenger Eject button.”
It is going to take several posts to tell everything we did, so I’ll just start with the first day. We drove north from Birmingham, stopping at Carlisle Castle in Cumbria. We mistakenly parked over a mile away so we had quite a walk carrying all of our picnic gear – The H just wanted to tailgate but I had visions of a picnic in the grass damnit so he dutifully walked with me to the park near the castle and back to the car and back to the castle again. Cream of the crop I’ve got here. We had our American-themed picnic in the shadow of Carlisle castle, complete with ham sandwiches, red, white & blue napkins and our first Dr. Pepper in six months (it’s a specialty item here). The castle was set impressivly high on the rock with views of the city and the countryside.
We continued driving north along the west coast of Scotland. We stopped near Glasgow in a little town called East Kilbride in search of evidence of The H’s people who are supposedly from near there. We hoped to find a big “Kilbride” sign that I could lay dead in front of, but no such luck. We did locate several signs bearing The H’s surname. I can’t publish them of course because that would be against The Blog Rules As Pertaining To My Marriage, but I think I can say we found a business park (technology mostly which is fitting) as well as a road, square, place, court, avenue and Moss.
Jane (the lady in the Tom-Tom who tells us where to go) was not on top of her game in the highlands so we ended up on a two-lane road for 70 miles. That is how we discovered Glencoe, the most beautiful place on earth. I later found this quote about Glencoe. Hmmmm, that wasn’t my impression …
“A gloomy, eerie place, a valley of sorrow
hewn out of mountains of guilt.” -Geddes MacGregor
We arrived happily in Fort William around 9pm just in time for a mountain sunset and a good night’s sleep for our impending hike.
We are going up there: