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Scotland, a Land of Wonders.

It is impossible to have visited a better place than Scotland before the sad end of my trip. I totally understand why my friend states that Scotland has been his favorite destination of all the countries. Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland was a marvelous place. I was amazed by the architecture of the city, the shops and restaurants along the Royal Mile as well as the people, food, whiskey, stories and adventures on every corner. 

Let’s go and discover some of Scotland’s secrets and beauties.

 

Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier. He is a famous public figure from the 19th-century best known for the 14 years he spent guarding the grave of his owner John Gray.

 

Pictured above is the view of the Royal Mile. It is the old part of the city which ends at Holyrood Palace.

 

The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument built to honor the Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is the second-largest monument in the world which is attributed to a writer after the Jose Marti monument in Havana.

 

Holyrood Palace entrance. It is the official residence of the British monarch Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland.

 

View of the garden and the ruins of the Augustinian Holyrood Abbey.

One of the most impressive places I have ever visited was the Highlands of Scotland. Its wondrous landscapes take you on a magical journey. Some of the most well-known sites in the Highlands are Loch Ness which houses Nessie.

Urquhart Castle near its shores and small villages provide beautiful scenic views as well. Some of the most traditional and delectable Scottish dishes include meat pies, soup, and stews (I loved Cullen Skink), desserts such as shortbread; and the famous Irn-Bru (a carbonated soft drink considered for many locals as second Scotland’s national drink after whiskey).

 

Commonly known as Hairy Coo, it is the most predominant and iconic cattle breed in the Highlands, Scotland.

 

The ruins of Urquhart Castle sits beside Loch Ness.

 

Loch Ness, home of the tenebrous and friendly Nessie. Isn’t that Nessie coming out of the water?

 

Beautiful landscapes and spongy clouds kissing the mountains divided by a river of pure and freshwater.

 

No words to describe the feeling!

 

Irn-Bru drink accompanying a delicious Scottish meat pie.

Another adventure that deserves the highest recognition is the unparalleled tradition of English Afternoon Tea. If you ever go to the UK you must participate in this delectable event! The fancy cups and pots are ready to carry the most flavored teas.

On the bottom tier you can  find a wide variety of finger sandwiches. On the middle tier, you can see one of my favorite treats which is scones which are accompanied by jam and cream. On the top, there were many types of savory pastries that tempted me to ruin my good manners by licking my fingers. 

 

I could easily get used to partaking in afternoon tea everyday!

Scotland was the cherry on top for my trip. It reaffirmed to me that our planet encompasses places, cultures, and secrets that we must see in our lives. I hope my adventure has helped you catch the travel bug. There is no way I can stop now. I am already thinking about my next adventure, what is yours?