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Our First Overseas Family Trip to Scotland (1996) - Travelogue

I went to Scotland in the month of March with my wife and my nine-month-old daughter, Nadia. My wife saw those amazing airplane tickets in the Edmonton journal for Glasgow; they were priced at $329.00 each for a round trip. A killer deal.

We stayed at Brown’s Bed and Breakfast guesthouse in Glasgow. We even had a crib for our baby girl. The breakfast was included. We walked around the area and we felt quite safe.

To travel around we used the black cabs that are so common. We sat in the back with the benches facing each other. There was a lot of room and they were a lot of fun to ride in.

My daughter Nadia particularly enjoyed watching the pigeons downtown.

We took a bus trip to the Northern Highlands, one of Europe’s last great-unspoiled wildernesses. W saw some of the most spectacular mountain scenery ever. We went by the town of Aviemore that serves the resort of Cairngorm the largest snow resort in Scotland. Our main destination was Inverness the starting point to expeditions to Lochness and also the capital of the Highlands.

Inverness is a great place to plan trips in the region.The red castle is one of the main attractions of the town. It is closed to the public but you can still walk around it and enjoy the views.

In front of Calton Hill with Nadia nine months oldThere is no doubt by looking around that you are in monster country. Shops try to to sell you many toys and other gadgets of the invisible creature. Unfortunately, we came late in early afternoon, and all the tours to the Loch ness Lake, six miles away, were done for the day. From this town we do not see the lake. There is a river, the Ness that leads to Lochness. We took many pictures and we also had an excellent Italian meal. After spending a couple of hours we returned to Glasgow. We made our way by bus to Edinburgh, this beautiful fortified city is considered by many to be one of the finest in Europe, the historical jewel of Scotland. This city is also the intellectual, administrative and artistic region of the “country”; we enjoyed bathing in the sun before taking a tour bus to the Edinburgh Castle.

The area around this stone-mounted castle is spectacular. The fortress stands in an place called the Castle Rock created by a volcanic eruption. This hilltop castle dominates the skyline of the city. We enjoyed lying on the grass and hear musicians play the pipes while admiring this historical European icon.

It’s worth taking a tour in one of those convertible double-deckers. We learned about William Pitt as we drove by his statue. He was the youngest prime minister at 24 years of age but he was also the inventor of income tax and national debt whatever that means.

We also found out about Bobby the puppy after we drove by his statue. The little mutt (a fanatic Skye terrier) apparently he slept for fourteen years by his master’s tomb after his owner died, talk about faithfulness.

Around there you can also go on whiskey and scotch tours. They are everywhere.

We went to London quite late by bus and then to Portugal by plane from London. We barely made it to the plane. The gate was already closed but thankfully they were waiting for other passengers from another plane. They did not want us to go through but I kept insisting and demanding to talk to the manager... We prayed hard and it worked.


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Me and my daughter Nadia standing on a street in Inverness
Me and my daughter Nadia standing on a street in Inverness

Nadia somewhere in Scotland
Nadia somewhere in Scotland

Baby Nadia in England or Scotland, I forgot where <br>I took this picture
Baby Nadia in England or Scotland, I forgot where
I took this picture

Calton Hill, Edinburgh
Calton Hill, Edinburgh

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Inverness Castle built in 1836
Inverness Castle built in 1836

Tara and Nadia in front of Brown's Guest House in Glasgow
Tara and Nadia in front of Brown's Guest House in Glasgow

In front of Calton Hill with Nadia nine months old
In front of Calton Hill with Nadia nine months old