The last part of our trip was spent in Scotland....this is who greeted us in Stirling!!
(Those Union Jacks are coming straight out of The Chook's head!:)My online buddy (and now real life pal) Lynz and her Chook were there to meet us at the train station...such a lovely surprise! First things first....food!:) After a lovely meal and a wonderful visit to Lynz's fantastic abode (and a meet and greet with the spouse and the Chook's horse collection) we were dropped off at our hostel!
Willy Wallace....our first time in a hostel! Not the girl...she's a pro but we were first timers! Check out this colorful room...there were two other set of bunk beds to the left. Even though the room was full....and there were a few snorers....we slept like logs!
(The Wallace Monument)
Before we went to bed we did some exploring and enjoyed the glorious sunset.
In the upper right is Stirling Castle glowing with it's new gilding!
The Holy Rude Graveyard below the Castle is amazing, so many paths leading to so many stories!
(At the very top of the Dumyat you can just see a flame!)
We stumbled upon several gentlemen with their tripods and cameras aimed toward Lynz's Ochil Hills...of course I had to ask what they were looking for...seems there were to be bonfires lit all across Scotland in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and lucky us we were able to see FIVE of them. We felt like we were in the Lord of the Rings movie!!
The next morning Lynz and the Chook picked us up and we headed to another amazingly kept cemetery...Tulliallan Kirkyard. We have to thank Lynz's uncle for getting the key!
This is one of the best examples in Scotland of how an old graveyard should be restored and cared for...it's also a great place to sit...and chat with a friend...and a pony!:)
After a visit to a coffeehouse for provisions we hiked up The Dumyat!! Our girls went on ahead as I was holding up progress....dear sweet Lynz stayed with me and was my cheerleader....hubby walked alone between the two groups just in case he needed to run ahead....or below....for a rescue!:)
(Hubby, girl, Chook and Lynz looking toward Stirling)Thanks to Lynz I made it to the top...oh was it worth it! Lunch never tasted so good!
here! Thanks soooooo much pal!!
The next day we took the train to Edinburgh. We had the whole day to play before heading back to London and the first thing we did was have a re-meet with Jo!! We took the bus to her shop. It is sooo cool!!
Dream House prints. Perfect souvenir!!
Since we only had a few hours dear Jo drove us all around the city. It's amazing what you can see even from the back seat of a car!:) Such a beautiful place...even on a drizzly day.
I think the term "Old World Charm" was coined in Edinburgh...or at least it fits!
Every turn brought us to new and exciting views....
...it was like being in a fairy tale! Having so much fun I really didn't take out my camera that much....totally tried to live in the moment!
We didn't want to leave but the time had come for us to go back to London and home.
The best thing about our UK trip....
....being with the girl!:)