Touring Scotland / by Sara Warden

8/18, Edinburgh: This morning we go to our hostel around 7am, changed and then went next door to eat breakfast at Southern Cross Cafe. The food was good and they had coffee which was all I cared about at that time. After breakfast we walked to Arthur’s Seat and took some photos. It was super windy at the top. On our way back to the main street we stopped at the Parliament Building and went in to see the photo exhibit. It was amazing and honestly one of the best I’ve ever seen. After we walked about the main street - the Royal Mile - up to the castle. We saw a lot and also watched a lot of street performers. In Edinburgh they’re currently having their annual Fringe Festival. That night we went to a beer garden which was beautiful and expensive!

8/19, Highlands: Today is our first day of our mini coach tour through the Highlands and Isle of Skye. We stopped at some points of interest on our way to Skye. We saw Ben Nevis (the largest mountain in Scotland) and the Three Sisters. The landscape has a beautiful green tint to it and we even saw some Highland Cows which Jenna really liked. We are staying in Portree tonight which is a smaller city in Isle of Skye. We got lucky; our B and B is located in the harbor. When we walk out the front door we get a beautiful view of the mountains. The place is called “The Pink Guest House.” For dinner we went to the grocery store and ate our food at a cool cliff we found. We had a great view out into the mountains and back to the harbor.

8/20, Isle of Skye: This morning I had the classic Scottish veggie breakfast which included toast, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, and beans. A very interesting breakfast combo if you ask me. We had a full tour of Skye today. We saw a few waterfalls, Kilt Rock, Dunvegan Castle, and amazing views constantly. For lunch we headed back to Portree. Jenna and I ate at the harbor. We drove to a city called Straun and from there we took a 10 minute hike to an amazing look out of the mountains and lakes of Isle of Skye. For the last part of the day we stopped at the mountain ranges called Red Cuillin and Black Cuillin.

8/21, Isle of Skye/Highlands: Today we head back to the Highlands of Scotland. This morning we woke up early to watch the sun rise and didn’t see much of anything, just a lot of clouds. Our first stop was at another castle named Eilean Donan Castle. After seeing the castle we slowly made our way back to Edinburgh. When we got back Jenna and I headed to the beer garden for more beer.

8/22, Edinburgh: Today we headed to a coffee shop so I could do some catching up on emails, photos, and future travel plans. Around 3pm we did a silent disco walking tour called Guru Dudu. It was SO fun and worth the money. Jenna wanted to do it again. After the silent disco we went back to the coffee shop for more work and then went to Primark (like a Forever21) so Jenna could get some clothes. Tonight we had another over night bus back to London to then catch a flight to Dublin.