Thursday, June 26, 2008

Dream Vacation ~ Scotland




Pack your bags, and join me if you will for a dream vacation, that takes me back home. Home to where I've never been, but my ancestors originated! Home to castles, mystery, and tradition of thousands of years. Home, rich in history, yet mixed with a cosmopolitan and culture....cutting-edge art and restaurants. Home, with lush greenery, jagged mountains, and picturesque ancient seascapes.

My Dream Vacation Destination...


Scotland






I would love to spend weeks, maybe months, exploring all the castles that dot Scotland.


Many dating back to the 1700 ~ 1800's. And ruins of some that were constructed in the 1400's! Some castles are located on small estates, others situated on thousands of acres of gardens, and yet, others sit above the cliffs of the beautiful sea.



After much research, one in particular I would like to stay at is the fairytale Baronial Castle, Glengorm. It is on the northern tip of the beautiful Isle of Mull, with breathtaking views of the sea and islands. A magical 4 star B&B, on a 5,000 acre estate.





One destination city, would be Edinburgh. Robert Louis Stevenson said, " Edinburgh is what Paris ought to be."


Have any idea what the building below is????


A Department Store....Jenners Department Store, to be exact!

It is Edinburgh's oldest department store, built in 1838, and features 100 different departments.

Another wonderful place to visit would be The Royal Botanic Garden!

Constructed in 1670, on 72 acres, it is one of the oldest, finest gardens in the World, spotlighting unusual and beautiful plants!





One would just have to take a few days off from touring the historic aspects of Scotland, to do a little shopping...Destination: Glasgow!


Glasgow is a Shopper's Paradise, second only to London, in the UK!


While there, we could pick up a set of bagpipes....



Or browse the many Antique Shops!....



We may even play a round of Golf, since Scotland is home to the game!

I hope that one day, I am able to travel to Scotland and make this dream trip a reality!


Oh, how I could be a Queen, if only in my dreams, in each of these beautiful castles! The romance of it all....










Wishing you all a magical, fun vacation!
Even if it is only a dream! "smiles"
~Rhonda




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27 comments:

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Great pictures Rhonda,
I would love to go too!

Lidian said...

I would also love to go! I wouldn't mind stopping in Dumfries, where my ggg grandmother was born. My mother used to dream of going there to visit - she never got there, but I'd like to go there sort of for her. (Also for myself!)

I enjoyed this very much, thanks Rhonda! :)

Rachel said...

that was an enjoyable trip :) yeha for vacations!! let's do it again sometime!

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Rhonda, I share your love of castles!...This trip sounds like one that I definitely want to take! Scotland just seems magical! Thank you for participating in our "vacation day"!...Wonderful post!!!...Heidi XO

Heidi Ann said...

Me again Rhonda, I get the castle with the yellow flowers!!!...So love that photo!!!...heidi :)

Beverly said...

I'm enchanted. And, I will be happy with any castle that you and Heidi have left.

Just the thought makes me sigh with pleasure.

justabeachkat said...

What a beautiful, beautiful place. Now, you've made me want to go too. LOL

I hope one day your dream vacation will happen.

Hugs!
Kat

Susie Harris said...

Count me in! I will have my bags packed and ready... No worries, no kids, no dogs.. ahhh Im so there. Thanks for the trip, Susie H~

Tootsie said...

these are wonderful photos! I would love to go...

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh what beautiful photos! I dream of visiting Scotland too!

Hugs,
Amy

hautemommy said...

Sooooo amazing, I would love to visit all of those castles also!!! What a treat to read your beautiful blog today!!! Thanks for joining us on vacation! xoxoxox

Kellie said...

I'd love to go to Scotland myself. There are so many places in the world I'd like to visit, actually.... Beautiful pics and I am quite impressed with your research!! I had a nice mini vacation just reading about it....

Shirl said...

Hello, what a beautiful place to visit. Beautiful pics!
Blessings, Shirl
SHirls Rose COttage

Feathering My Nest said...

Wow Rhonda, That is a dream vacation. I'm from Scotland too. Our family is from Dundee. The land and the castles are breath-taking beauty.

I hope some day you can go, and me too. Hugs, Kathi

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Oh, that looks like so much fun! What a beautiful place! I am German and Irish, so would love to go to both those places. I could work in Scotland, too! :)

Well, enjoy your weekend in Scotland!

Cherry Tree Lane said...

My husband would love to go there! It is on our list to go to! Thanks for taking me there tonight!

Southern Lady said...

Rhonda, thanks for sharing your trip with us. I can't imagine living in one of those castles ... just like Cinderella!

And can you imagine telling your husband you're just going to run down to Jenner's and pick up a few things?

What a magical place Scotland is ...

Sincerely,
Janie

Mya said...

The castles are so fabulous. I would love to visit. I 'll take the castle up on the cliff, that would be perfect for me. I just have to find my crown.

XO-Mya

Susie Harris said...

Oh Rhonda, you are so sweet and Im blessed to call you one of my dearest friends, thank you! Susie H~

Shirl said...

Hi Rhonda, thank you for stopping by. Just a quick note to say I love your little pooch in your logo! Your brother has the right idea going to Hatteras. It's such a beautiful place, especially out of season when it's not crowded. I am in the process of redoing my beach guest bedroom right now, after I get it painted and freshened up I will post pics on my blog so be sure to stop back. I have 3 guest bedrooms and their all getting a redo now. My shabby cottage one is almost done so pics will be up for that one soon.
Have a great summer!
Blessings, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Kimba said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for taking me along!

Pearl said...

Hi Rhonda... this post was so lovely! I think alot of folks dream of going there, too... I know it is a place Alan and I have dreamed of for some time, now. I have always been a Castle~Lover, so to see the favorite ones you picked out was such fun! My Tiara is ready and so am I... ~sigh~ I can just imagine the Romance of such a trip... Heaven!

Hope everything's going well in your neck of the woods... I know you've been incredibly busy. I'm keeping you in my prayers... God bless...

~hugs 'n love~

Pearl

onlymehere said...

Rhonda, what a fun idea to share! I loved the tour of Scotland. It is beautiful and this is somewhere my husband would go bz they have beautiful golf courses! Maybe if I let him golf alot he'll let me tour all the castles! I love the one by the water....oh well, speaking of water, back to the dirty dishes and being the queen of my own little castle, LOL!

Nance said...

Now I can honestly say, "I've been to Scotland!" lol
Thanks for sharing all these beautiful pictures, Rhonda.

Rhondamum said...

What a fun post! My wish for you is that one day you do finally get to see that amazingly beautiful place. I was blessed with a trip there many years ago. I stayed in Inverness and took a tour though Loch Ness. The beauty there is indescribable. You would love it friend! Pleasant dreams of just that!

xoxo
The Other Rhonda...

French said...

Rhonda I was told that you featured Scotland so hope you don't mind my popping in! My hubby is from Scottish descent, his mum was born and raised in Scotland so it's a trip we plan on taking hopefully within the next few years! All of the family lives in Canada now but hubby loves his heritage and even wore a kilt on our wedding day! Thanks for sharing these lovely photos;) French aka frenchkilt on RMS

Kari & Kijsa said...

Our brother is going to school in Scotland right now! It is so beautiful!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa