If you’re following along on Instagram, then you probably saw some highlights of our trip to Scotland a few weeks ago! It was SO beautiful, green and (most importantly) cool and we thoroughly enjoyed our 10 days away from the kids and the stresses of life.
We’ve been doing these international trips every other year together with most of Luke’s side of the family, some extended relatives and a few friends ever since we were married 14 years ago! Luke, his dad and his older brother all work at the family business (Music Celebrations International) which is a travel agency that specializes in creating amazing tours for performance groups. They set up accommodations and venues for bands, choirs and orchestras to travel and perform all over the world!
Because of this, they’re very good at putting together these trips and we’ve been really thrilled and blessed to go on so many! We’ve been to Italy, France, Ireland, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Egypt, Israel, Austria, Switzerland and now Scotland with these amazing friends and family (and probably a few other places I’m forgetting) and have loved every minute of it!
If you’re a very careful observer of our family, you might have noticed that our children are all born in the spring or summer of the “off” years of these trips. So I’ve never had to miss due to being hugely pregnant or nursing a baby! That may or may not have been done on purpose…I’ll never tell.
The pictures above are just a few highlights from the dozens that we took…too much beauty to share! Scotland was similar to Ireland in all the gorgeous greenery, the old castles and amazing architecture, the history and the gorgeous coasts. Scotland has lots of “lochs” which are technically waterways where the ocean has run into major ravines. We visited Loch Lomond and of course, Loch Ness (although no monster sightings, sadly).
The food was AMAZING and the people look more like Americans (in both facial features and stature) than any other European country we’ve visited (except Ireland) which makes sense since a huge portion of Americans trace their ancestry to the British Isles. I’m one of them and we all had great fun learning how we were related using the Family Search app. Have you ever done that? It’s a fun party trick!
Just download the app here and then create a log in. You’ll have to connect yourself with someone who is deceased in your family but then you should find a huge amount of research done on your family line(s)! Click the three dots at the bottom of the screen and click “relatives around me”. The app will automatically search the network for another person logged in and tell you how you’re related. It turns our that Luke and I are 9th cousins and I am even 3rd cousins with two of my friends on the trip and I never knew we had a connection! Such a fun way to make new friends.
Some of the cities we traveled to on this trip were Edinburgh, Stirling, Iona (an adorable, little tiny island that gets 10 times its population in tourists every year!), Inverness and Glasgow. I could talk all day about the highlights but suffice it to say that I’d go back for the weather and the desserts ANY DAY of the week.
Let me know if you’re interested in seeing more and I can do another post with more pictures and details. And tell me what’s on your bucket travel list! I’d love to go back to Italy sometime and also explore Greece. I’ve also never been to England and would LOVE to see London.