Going to Edinburgh

I cannot wait I am going to Edinburgh next month. The one place I really want to go to is Edinburgh Castle. Looking forward to hearing about the Wars of Independence. Then to the Great Hall. As it was told to me it was completed in 1511 for King James IV (too bad he was killed 2 years later at the battle of Flodden. I will for sure go to see the Lochaber axe. The one item I really want to see is The Stone Of Destiny. As it has been told it was used as a pillow Patriarch Jacob and during that time he saw Jacobs Ladder. It was built into a throne and removed and then appeared again. I know it is just a stone but it has been in countless ceremonies throughout the years.

After I go to see those I am off to see Mons Meg. When it was built it was ahead of its time and could launch cannon balls 2 miles away. It was used for 90 years. It is a massive weapon. Hopefully I can make it by 1 p.m. to hear the One O’clock Gun. It started it’s use in 1861 and is still used today. After that I am going to the Prisons Of War as it is told the first prisoners were French men captured in 1758 right after the start of the Seven Year War. In 1720 or so 21 pirates from Caribbean area were hung below the high water mark.

I am sure that we will go to the National War Museum and Scottish National War Memorial after but above are the places that I really want to go to and to see. I have to give thanks to Tracie. She gave me the idea of going here and gave me some of the great places to see when I am there. If you are wanting to buy a home and need a real estate agent please go see her after all she gave me help on this post. Her website is http://yourazhomepro.com or you can go see her on her facebook page.

I will post once I get back and will tell everybody how it went!

It is vacation time again!

It is the time of year for vacation again. I am going to go over some of the best vacation spots in the Scotland area on this post to help you with your vacation.

1. Perth
The ancient capital of Scotland. This Beautiful city is on the river banks of the Tay. There are many wonderful things to do in Perth. The Perth Concert Hall has events for all from comedians to m with comfortable seating and great sound quality. Also there is a great little cafe inside. Also in Perth is the Black Watch Castle. It is a museum of photographs, weapons and military items. There is also a gift shop that has many unique items for sale from statues and dirks to jewelry and clothing. From there you can go to the Brankly Garden. This national trust property has rhododendrons to poppies to violets to trillium. It is a small garden which most people’s visit last about an hour or so. If you do go make sure to wear the proper shoe attire due to it usually being slippery. Last but not least make sure to visit the souvenir shop. They have great teas and cakes for purchase.

2. Isle of Skye
Also know as “The Cloud” or the “Island Of the Mist” there is no other place on the planet that is as romantic or mysterious as the Isle of Skye. As the folklore claims that there are fairies and giants that have made the various landmarks around the area. One of the biggest draws to the area is the Dunvegan Castle. While there do not miss the Tomb of Alisdair Crotach, it is near the St. Clement’s Church. It is a beautiful site to see. Last time I was there I ran into a husband and wife team while off promoting there website to some lawyers they took a break to go to the church. As they told me that it was one of the most beautiful places that they had ever seen.

3. Glasgow
Known as the best shopping outside of London. It has a rich local history and heritage. It is a compact city which make it easy to explore the surrounding area. Some of the areas of interest include the Glasgow Cathedral. This medieval cathedral is about a 15 min walk from the city center and was built in between the 13th and 15th century. At night is is one of the most beautiful sites to see. Another area of interest is the Glasgow City Chambers. This is in the center of George Square. Has to be one of the most impressive buildings in the Glasgow city. Queen Victoria opened it in 1888 and is the headquarters of the city councils. There is a image of Victoria on the building and is referred to as Glasgow’s Statue of Liberty. Or even seeing a show at the Theater Royal which has shows from musicals to comedians to the Scottish Ballet. Everybody that I have every talked to says the same thing. Everything about the theater is great from the sound quality to the seating.

Next month when I get back from my vacation I will start to talk about the “off the beaten path vacation spots.” So if you are looking for a vacation area that not many people know much about come on by next month!


Sorry about the delays in the updates we have some friends over in the states that have had some problems with trial proceedings that have been going on. I promise that we will give you an update this upcoming week with everything that has been going on. If you need to get ahold of us you can still email us as you have always been able to at info@scottishcountrysidealliance.co.uk. until then we will talk to you later.

The Scottish Country Side

Scottish Countryside

If you have the need to explore, the need to go somewhere different go to Scotland, better yet go to the countrysides of Scotland. I’ve never had a vacation more relaxing than when I went to Scotland. My wife and I had been busy with work and hadn’t ever really been out of the country except after our honeymoon when we went to London. The Scottish Countryside is by far the best place to have chosen.

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You can’t visit Scotland without enjoying the attractions of their famous lochs, and the most famous loch in the world is probably Loch Ness. Like your typical tourists, my wife and I visited for the sea monster hype but were seduced by the beauty of the loch and the Inverness area scenery, the charming small towns and villages, and of course the food. From black pudding and haggis to sea bass and scallops to curry and ratatouille, Inverness pubs and restaurants offer delicious and modern takes on a variety of cuisines. Be sure to check out your local cheese board! Try the soft Crowdie cheese or spicy Dunsyre Blue cheese if you’re feeling adventurous, and enjoy the tangy local cheddars for a Scottish spin on a familiar taste.

In between satisfying your belly, satisfy your mind and body with some walks into and around the castles dotting the Scottish countryside. Scottish castles provided a strong defense against invaders in historical times, but today they are often known for having beautiful grounds and breathtaking views of the ocean or a nearby loch. You could do a month-long tour and still not see all of the castles in Scotland, but here are a few stand-outs that me and my wife loved.

We did meet a few people which were all nice to the local tourist. Even one friend we met named Jordan. Which we soon found out was a famous actor in some films that were filmed in the states and lived in Scotland. But back to our journey thru the beautiful scottish countryside.

Stirling CastleThe enormous Stirling Castle: This castle gives visitors a chance to see the place where royals, including Mary Queen of Scots, lived in historical times. It’s also where bands like R.E.M. and Bob Dylan have filmed concert features!

The relatively modern (17th century) Culzean Castle: This castle features a top-floor hotel and a world-renowned collection of swords and pistols, and it is also surrounded by a gorgeous 600-acre park.

Eilean Donan: This castle, fully restored from ruin and located on a small island connected to the mainland, is the very image of a lonely castle from one of the spookier fairy tales. For those film buffs out there, it’s a must-see, having been featured in movies like Highlander, The World is Not Enough, and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

If you’re a fan of history or archaeology, Skara Brae is even older than Scotland’s castles. It’s a preserved villageSkara-Brae-24 from 5,000 years ago! We went and were fascinated by the well-preserved insides of the historical houses. Did you know that Neolithic Man had gaming dice? I didn’t either. Skara Brae also offers a beautiful natural landscape full of wildflowers. Think about taking a picnic and eating in the same place as those Neolithic people did thousands of years ago!

Kilt Rock and the Mealt Waterfall on the Isle of Skye

kilt rockRising over 290 ft, Kilt Rock is huge and magnificent, holding an almost amusing resemblance to a pleated kilt. The falls that cascade over this huge rock, led from the Mealt Loch, are a beautiful sight. When wind hits the holes in the hidden fence around the lookout point, the mountain begins to sing, turned into Skye’s own natural organ. I personally thought the song that came out was eerie and a bit creepy, but my wife described it as “hauntingly beautiful.” If there’s anything you do while you’re in Scotland it should be to visit the Isle of Skye and see this land mass that looks like it was touched and made by some magnificent craftsman. After you’ve seen the waterfall, you can check out some of Skye’s excellent distilleries or visit Loch Portree to do some fishing (or just to make friends with some curious seals!).

three chimney's resturantYou’ll have to eat lunch somewhere while you’re in Skye, and The Three Chimneys is a restaurant that is both homey and grand at once. Inviting in both tourist and regulars is its specialty. Marked with a five-star reputation, The Three Chimneys embraces its roots and surroundings by using the sea in many of their courses. It has true Scottish authenticity, and it is truly a restaurant for those who love friendly fine dining. If we ever return to Scotland and Skye, we’re sure to go there again.

We chose Scotland not just to get the pollution of the city out of our lungs, but to learn more about the way that others live and come home with a sense of wonder. There’s something magical about it! Maybe it’s the history there or the way that people welcome you with open arms, but if you’re going to select a place in the world to go, make it the Scottish countryside.