July 5, 2016

Our UK Family Holiday - Part 6 - Hello Scotland!!!

Hey everyone!

I know most of us have been or are in holiday mode, and I hope you're all enjoying yourselves. The UK Holiday series is coming to an end this week, I think. I've enjoyed reliving the vacation experience while writing the blog posts and editing photos. For today's post, we're finally entering Scotland! Now, please don't think me unintelligent, but for some reason I thought Scotland was a country on its own *hides face*. It just never registered that the United Kingdom is composed of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. While they may be one country, they all have different cultures, so to speak.

We left England via train at Kings Cross/St. Pancras Station. We used a Virgin Train for a trip that lasted about 5 hours or so.

We chose to go by train for 2 reasons: 1) There were 10 of us and flying would have been too expensive overall. We booked early and were able to secure seats for just $56 each, round-trip; 2) We wanted to see the countryside and views. This was a fun way to travel and we really enjoyed the sights from sheep farms to quaint little towns, and solar energy stations to massive windmills. NIGERIA - how about we use natural resources for energy?!

Most of the people we know in Scotland live in Aberdeen, but we chose to travel to Edinburgh... BEST DECISION EVER! I have to say that we enjoyed Edinburgh slightly more than London. The people are soooooooooooo friendly! From the train station to the taxi drivers to random people on the street - they were all so nice and helpful! And also, if you think London has sights and scenery, you've obviously never been to Edinburgh!

We got to Edinburgh pretty late to do anything major that day. My brother-in-law was in charge of the schedule, and planned for us to visit The Royal Mile the following morning. Unfortunately we all woke up late, dragging our feet and didn't make it out until afternoon.

Royal Mile is arguably Edinburgh's most visited tourist street, and sits between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. It's located in old town Edinburgh and is one Scots mile long (approximately 1.1 miles).

So there I was, taking a selfie when I heard these kids on a field trip saying, "Look, she's taking a selfie!" The next thing I heard was, "Please can we take a selfie with you?" I'm like "Errrrrr, I think you need to ask your teachers." They shouted, "Please can we take a selfie with her?" The teachers smiled and nodded, and once I turned my camera around, see how happy and excited they were! I told you the Scots are friendly!!!

At the bottom/beginning of Royal Mile are 3 attractions - the Scottish Parliament Building (I didn't go in, but some of us did), Holyrood Palace and Holyrood Park (an array of hills, ridges, and basically rock formations).

Holyrood Palace was built between 1671 and 1678, and is the official residence of the monarchy in Scotland. Queen Elizabeth actually spends a week every summer at this palace.

It is typically open to tourists, but unfortunately, we happened to come when a VIP was staying there so we couldn't get in.

The Scottish Parliament Building sits on the opposite side of the road. It was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth in 2004, and cost over 414 million pounds!!! Meanwhile, the original estimate was between 10 to 40 million o. Despite challenges, it has won numerous architecture awards.

This wall below is the Canongate Wall and is composed of indigenous Scottish rocks.

I love the artwork built into the structure.

Additionally, there are 24 quotations in the stones.

We walked up a little bit and I wish we'd spent more time there so I could take photos of EVERYTHING!

 Hehe, this sign outside a bar/restaurant was funny.

It was pretty cold, so we rushed back home early. I quite liked this window located inside what used to be a church, but is now a market.

Yay, my Snapchat Story from that day isn't too large! Check out the short video below.

Alrighty, like I said, we're quickly rounding up the UK Holiday series. Be sure to check out all the posts! Have you ever been to Edinburgh, or if not, have I convinced you yet to put it on your travel wish list? Let me know in the comments below!

Come back tomorrow for the next post on our visit to Edinburgh Castle!


  1. But Berry you were right, Scotland is an independent country! It's just that it also happens to be a part of the kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
    So quick explanation which I seem to find myself giving alot these days, thanks to the Brexit and the fact that I live abroad...
    The UK is a "nation-state" that consists of 4 countries; England, Wales and Scotland (which form Great Britain), and the fourth country which is Northern Ireland.

    So the UK = Great Britain + Northern Ireland
    Great Britain= England, Scotland and Wales (but NOT Northern Ireland!)

    Voila, my little historico-geographic lesson for today.

    So you see you were right from the start :)

    Have a lovely evening!

    1. ENH HEH! So I wasn't entirely wrong. Thanks for the explanation. I got confused even further with the Brexit results, and the Scots saying they wanted their own referendum... ah well, Scotland is so pretty!

  2. Looks like a great trip! The UK is so amazing!
    xx Annie

    1. It was a fantastic trip, and I quite agree about the UK.


  3. Lol berry don't be embarrassed o. Scotland is a country o. It's just that its part of Kingdom. Kinda like the kingdom of the Netherlands

    1. Hahaha, so I hear. At least I don't feel so silly anymore

  4. It's so refreshing to look at these pictures. Those buildings show a lot of character, which I really like.
    Nice selfie with the kids!
    I've never been to Edinburgh before. Hope to go there someday!


    1. Thanks Precious! The kids were a bright spot of fun! You should definitely visit Edinburgh if you've ever in Scotland.

  5. Beautiful pictures and thanks to Clara for the explanation too..

    Visited Cardiff, Dumfries and 'Dunscore' last year and I experienced their hospitality first hand. If I had to choose where to live, Wales is it. Lovely place, lovely sceneries and lovely people.

    Ku enjoyment oo

    1. Hey, my brother-in-law has Welsh blood!!! It would have been nice to visit. Maybe next time :)


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