I’ve always loved reading books and watching movies that are set in another time and place, I also love all things magical and fantasy related, so it’s no wonder that visiting a magical place like Scotland was high on my wish list!
Speaking of watching movies, one of my all time favorite movies is the musical Brigadoon! It takes place in Scotland. Have you seen it? I won’t say too much incase you want to, but the gist is: two New Yorkers go on a hunting trip to the Highlands of Scotland and stumble upon a village that only comes to life for one day every one hundred years. There is a lot of singing and dancing, it is a musical after all, and of course there is the village girl. You can probably guess what happens next… it’s all very romantic. I also love a good romance! So now we’ve got everything covered: another time and place, magic and romance! Basically, perfection! While we didn’t find Brigadoon on this particular trip we visited many other magical and fascinating places that definitely left us wanting more. If you’re wondering about romance, well… we do bring the kids, so not this time. 😉
Stirling has a number of wonderful exhibits including a special area just for younger children where they can dress up in period clothing and learn about castle life. Throughout the castle you’ll find people dressed in costume representing figures from the castle’s history. They’ll answer questions and tell you all about themselves. Elliot especially loved “meeting” Marie de Guise, the mother of Mary Queen of Scots, and learning about her magical unicorn horn. The gardens are extensive and if you take a walk along the castle walls you’ll find amazing views of the valley below. If you get hungry they have a number of food options and there is also a lovely gift shop.
The National Wallace Monument
Just up the road is Fort William and although it was raining pretty hard, we walked around the town a little bit before we found ourselves some dinner. We had heard from friends in Edinburgh that langoustines are the thing to eat while visiting Scotland! We had limited time, but there are many things to see and do in and around Fort William. It’s considered the Outdoor Capital of the UK.
We drove a bit further and saw beautiful lochs and a fabulous sunset. Had we not been leaving for London the next day we would have loved to keep going and visit the famous Loch Ness, but it was just a bit too far for a one day excursion… Next time!