Our arrival into Scotland couldn’t have been more perfect. After dozing in and out of consciousness on our 13 hour overnight bus ride from Maidstone, England, I woke up and looked out the window at around 5am to see a picturesque scene for my first glance of Scotland.
In the early light of the dawn, mist was rising up off the vibrant, green hills and cows and sheep grazed lazily in the fields.
I’ve heard people talk about how green Scotland is, but it still took my breathe away when I saw it for myself for the very first time. On both sides of my family, my heritage is based in Scotland so I was looking forward to exploring the country & trying to picture what life may have been like for them.
The city of Glasgow was our first destination in Scotland. A good friend of mine-Sara, along with her husband, Gavin and 4-year old daughter, Chloe have been living here for the last year and I was excited to have a visit with them. After we got settled at her place we took a drive out to Loch Lomond and toured a couple of the little villages around the lake. It was a beautiful day to be outdoors, surrounded by this huge lake and the rolling hills in the background.
We enjoyed some fabulous carrot & parsnip soup in Luss for our lunch break and enjoyed checking out the beautiful little cottages in the village.
Unfortunately, the Lochness Monster did not make a showing but I certainly understand why he has chosen this as his home ; ) (As you’ll see in our previous post about our 1st Anniversary, we returned to Loch Lomond the following weekend to celebrate our anniversary, so you can check that post out for more details about this part of our adventure.)
As we toured the city centre of Glasgow the following day (with our fabulous guides, Chloe and Sara), it seemed to us that Glasgow kind of does live up to it’s reputation of being a more rough and tumble city. It’s architecture is full of contrasts-beautiful, rather Gothic style structures that have won awards for the city, then right beside these, grey, concrete buildings that were badly aged and in some cases, rather decrepit.
I think this is a city with a lot of history and one that doesn’t necessarily give you a warm, “do the Scottish-jig” welcome. You maybe have to get in a little deeper to find it’s gems and unfortunately, we only had time to scratch the surface.
But the pubs are full of life and in our brief visit to the west side of Glasgow we came across a really cool area that we could have spent a lot more time in. Lots of cool little shops and a huge church that has been refurbished into a bar/night club-Oran Mor. Really cool!
All in all, we had a wonderful visit with Sara and her family and we owe them a huge thank you for hosting us and touring us around. Thanks to Sara for taking us around Glasgow and getting us set up in Edinburgh the following week. Cheers to Gavin for making us an amazing roasted lamb (which I had never tried before) and the most fabulous omelet before we continued on our journey. And Skott will never forget Chloe’s rendition of “I Can See A Rainbow” with the most fabulous little Scottish accent we’ve ever heard, and the cutest side grin to boot.