When about a year ago I was asked whether I would rather travel to the Lake Garda, Prague, Berlin or Stirling/Edinburgh I did not need to consider my answer for another second. For the longest time it had been a dream of mine to finally visit an English-speaking country – even if it was just for a week – and since I additionally had already started planning to go to University in Scotland after High School it felt like I had just won the lottery. Still I had one year yet to wait but my anticipation was immense.
On September 23rd 2018 we arrived in England and took the bus to cross the border to Scotland and head to our first hostel in Stirling. On our way we visited The National Wallace Monument: narrow and playful stairs lead us up to various rooms in which and understanding of Scotland’s history was given to us. Later, after climbing more than 200 stairs we were rewarding by the most beautiful view from the top of the building. Additionally, as the weather was sort of good that day you were actually able to see for miles.
Arriving at our hostel a few hours after we realized it was not far away from Stirling Castle, thus we visited it the next day. Not ever before had I seen a dreamy castle as you know it from fairytales before and I was absolutely stunned by its beauty.
Once again I was overwhelmed by Scotland’s gorgeous landscape as I had been immediately after entering the country for the first time. Stirling is the perfect place if you are looking for a little bit of city and a lot of nature.
Moreover, if you come to Scotland in the summer time I would recommend taking a swim in the Loch Lomond about an hour away. However, if you are not much of a water lover or it is simply too cold there are lots of activities you can do around such as cycling, hiking, climbing, etc.
The next day we continued our journey to Edinburgh. Out of the nature right into the big city. And even though we now got to see less landscape I was not at all mad about it. Edinburgh’s old buildings combined with a fresh and futuristic atmosphere create a lovely surrounding. I was lucky enough to even get to see the university and a tour around the campus. I am definitely applying. 🙂
Further, Edinburgh is a must for all Harry Potter fans. Fan shops can be found around every single corner and if a shop is not a fan shop it still has Harry Potter related goods. You will not be disappointed.
On our last day we visited Edinburgh Castle and since I had already been so thrilled about Stirling Castle you will be able to picture how thrilled I was now. Edinburgh Castle was more beautiful and majestic as I could have ever imagined it. And when we then got to see the Scottish Crown Jewels … – how did I not faint? It seemed so unreal when it was right in front of my eyes. Probably the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. (Of course you were not allowed to take pictures.)
All in all my trip to Scotland was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had in my life and I cannot wait to return one day. If you are looking for a travel destination Scotland should definitely appear on your list.
This concludes my little report about traveling to Scotland. I hope you did enjoy reading it. Please leave me some feedback in the comments and thank you for sticking around to the end. Have an amazing week.