Welcome to Episode Two of my Studies in Wanderlust: Scotland series! In case you need to get caught up, head to Episode One.
Ready to go? Great! Grab your shoes and cameras…
The next day we departed for West Lothian to visit Linlithgow and Stirling. This meant we got to navigate by rail for the first time!
I found out real quick into this adventure that Scotland is super hilly. And has stairs everywhere. Thanks a lot, geology. However, I did use this to my advantage as I was also concurrently training for my first marathon. I used this entire study abroad adventure as cross training.
Pro tip: invest in solid sneakers with comfortable socks. These will make or break your day, and possibly subsequent days. Cobblestone sidewalks and varying terrain does not call for cute yet nonfunctional shoes.
Alrighty, now onto the pictures! Enjoy!
Linlithgow and Linlithgow Palace: (birthplace of King James V in 1512 and Mary, Queen of Scots in 1542)
Stirling and Stirling Castle:
Regimental Museum (paying tribute to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders):
I self-toured through Stirling Castle relatively quickly. My focus point was just down the street at Argyll’s Lodging, which is named for my clan, the Campbells of Argyll! (Trust me, I found this out and totally geeked.)
Wrapping up the day, we headed to the Wallace Monument!
Next up: Abbotsford and Rosslyn Chapel!