Scotland The Brave

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O ye’ll tak’ the high road and Ah’ll tak’ low road,
And Ah’ll be in Scotland afore ye…. fir me an’ my true love will ne’re meet again…

If you could fall in love with a land and her people, the bonnie land of Scotland will  be that love for you. Walk the streets of Edinburgh (pronounced Ed-in-bur-a), while the pipers pipe in their traditional dress… Which is a kilt, not a skirt…. Listen to them play Scotland the Brave, eat a deep fried Mars bar and take in the most… confusing accent in the world! The Scots are not English by any means, nor is their language. When “ye a dinna kin” what they are saying.. Generally nod your head and say “aye” (yes), then “cheers” to thank them. The Scots, not Scotch.. That’s a drink… are the friendliest people you will ever meet, if you are able to understand them.

As you visit Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, head to Princess Street, where all the shopping is. Wander the Princess gardens, located below the castle, and climb the Sir Walter Scott Monument (constructed for the famous Scottish writer); up there you will be able to take in the amazing view of the whole city. Then make your way up the street to the Royal Mile, which is Royal and is a mile. It’s name comes from the mile that connects the Edinburgh Castle to the Holyrood Palace. The Holyrood Palace is the official residence of the Monarch of the United Kingdom. Along this street of the old town is lined with pubs, gift shops and entertainers, the most tourist spot in all of Edinburgh, but worth it.

During the Edinburgh Festival, people flock from all over the world making the streets almost impossible to maneuver through, but a lot of fun. If you are able to visit during the month of August, you must attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Set against the backdrop of the Castle, performers from all over the world, create a tremendous outdoor musical entertainment, one you will never forget. Having gone to see the Tattoo twice while living in Edinburgh, I highly recommend visiting this city, attending it’s festival and enjoying the music. The unforgettable experience of the atmosphere, the music in the air and the overflow of people brings this city alive and will take you back to another time. So… tak’ in a wee bit of the bonnie land of Scotland by starting with auld Edinburgh….where the wee birdies sing an’ the wild flouers spring….. and ye’ll might meet ye true love.

 XO From Edinburgh, Scotland

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    Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo:

Edinburghfestivals.co.uk

August 1-24, 2014

 

 

 

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