Picture the most vibrant hue of grass you can think of and then double it. That’s how green the pastures and countryside is in Scotland. It’s absolutely breathtaking – we drove through nearly the entire country on a 14 hour bus ride and it was so beautiful that I didn’t want to sleep. I couldn’t peel my eyes away from the window. Photos can’t even do justice to the brightness of the color.
We passed through miles and miles of the gorgeous green earth, complete with roaming sheep and small streams trickling through the fields. A man stood against rushing water up to his waist as he fished in a river. Small towns and wind turbines would also make an appearance along the route, showing some signs of modern civilization. It was probably one of my favorite rides I’ve ever been on.
When we arrived in the city of Edinburgh, it appears as something out of a medieval storybook. Stone structures are covered in pale moss, castles remain in their glory after centuries, and headstones mark the names of thousands throughout history. Each building looks like it was designed with the highest attention to detail and elegance. The Scottish flag stays prominent high above the stone streets we walk on.
The landscape is incredibly hilly. The Edinburgh Castle rests high above the city, showing its dominance from the moment you step onto Princes Street. We also hiked up a mountain to Arthur’s Seat, a peak overlooking the city and countryside. Such amazing views, and an interesting climb. Brooke and I somewhat miscalculated our route up to the top, and were caught in a grand rock-climbing excursion where the wind seemed to almost knock us off the mountain. But we made it to the top with no injury, so I’d consider it successful. Plus we found a much quicker and safer way to get down.
We walked over 20 miles in Edinburgh, spotting some more amazing places like the Royal Mile, Old Town and the University campus. We had the true Scottish experience; we saw a man wearing a kilt and playing the bagpipes, plus we had another man yell a random expletive at nothing. We also saw some cute little shops and ate some delicious food along the way. Souvenir shops here are even filled with plaid attire and whisky, making it that much more memorable.
I loved so many things about Edinburgh, but one will always stick with me. How I felt when I was here. Walking everywhere, seeing everything, was one of the best parts. This city has so much history and culture that you feel a part of it as you venture through it. The views are stunning and make you want to stand in one spot for hours just admiring the creation. The sound of bagpipes and the sight of plaid will always have special place in our hearts.