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From Scotland with love

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My husband and I had been planning our Easter Road trip for quite some time. We decided to shake up the routine a little and head further north. We teased about how he would have the best co pilot in the world, bearing in mind that I’m seriously directionally challenged (even with the help of our dedicated sat nav) and I don’t follow maps very well either. But hey, we got there in the end (even if it was without much help from me). 

There really is nothing quite like the open road and being able to put your foot down on the pedal and cruise for hours on end. We arrived at the Scottish border 10 hours after leaving central London, but by this time we were feeling quite drained but yet still ready to explore.

A land of beauty - Scotland

A land of beauty – Scotland

When we arrived the weather wasn’t bad at all. The sun didn’t seem to be as shy as I thought it was going to be. However, I underestimated the icy chill of the Scottish breeze.

The short break to Scotland truly left me amazed.

The short break to Scotland truly left me amazed

We walked almost the length and breadth of the Royal Mile….true to its name, a mile long road full of touristy shops, great pubs, restaurants and really great historical sites. If you’re ever only in Edinburgh for a short stay (like we were) It would probably be best to base yourself close to this stretch of road as its great for a quick walk around or even a leisurely stroll.

The Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh's old town

The Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s old town

Street

Pedestrians

Bag pipe player

Black bus

We played hide and seek from the rain on a few occasions but nothing major to complain about weather-wise, I think we were lucky. The next day saw us starting off pretty early and making our way to Calton Hill, a superb place to see panoramic views and to compare the old towns to the new. From this vantage point major landmarks can be seen, such as Arthur’s Seat and the Royal Mile as it snakes its way for as far as the eye can see.

Views of the Royal Mile

A view of Princes Street

Edinburgh

A landscape view from Calton Hill

Visiting the Nelson Monument took our breath away, literally. However, the ascent seemed never ending. The shape of inside the stairwell reminded me of an up-turned telescope.

Nelson Monument

Nelson Monument

Such unforgettable views.

National Monument of Scotland

National Monument of Scotland

Lanscape of Calton Hill

Calton Hill 1

Edinburgh castle has it all, from huge magnificent royal rooms, a medieval royal residence and prison of war amongst other attractions. The majesty of this gargantuan structure cemented in my mind the greatness of the designers and architects of this building, constructed as a seat of power for all who reigned there.

Edinburgh Castle - a historic fortress

Edinburgh Castle – a historic fortress

Inside Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh castle 1

The dinning and drinking options in Edinburgh were endless. From trying out the ‘Haggis, Tatties and Neeps’…which is basically seasoned minced meat served with potatoes, turnips or swede. We couldn’t leave without having a few cheeky ‘wee nips’ of whiskey too.

It was then onto the East coast of Scotland to St Andrews, home to one of the most prestigious universities in the UK and where Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton (Kate) met in 2001.

St Andrews pier

St Andrews pier

St Andrews 1

Scotland did the trick for me….hands down it was such a beautiful place to visit. Getting out there and experiencing the world with my camera and documenting what I see continues to whet my appetite, I loved it!

 

Process for images.

I always made sure to have my camera at the ready as great moments tend to happen in an instant. But I didn’t dwell on missing out on some shots as there’s just no way that you can capture everything you see except if you have a crystal ball :). When travelling though you tend to see things in a different way….you know, wanting to tell the story with a fresh set of eyes. So while practising all the camera settings and compositions, that I’m still learning along the way, I just decided to take lots of pictures photographing as many special moments as possible as you can never have too many of them right? I must admit that there were times when I found it difficult to balance enjoying the trip and not missing out on shooting it….but hey, being in the moment of witnessing something special is just as great as being able to capture it….appreciate it for what it is and move on as they’ll always be more opportunities to take shots at some other time during the trip. Where ever you end up, enjoy!

Peace and love guys,

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“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”— Robert Frank

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Author: Sóla Snapshot

Photographer and blogger - My photographic adventures, whether close to home or far away. Lover of good food, dogs (even though I don't have one yet), orangutangs and travelling the world.

6 thoughts on “From Scotland with love

  1. Thanks for taking us there. Love the architecture. I say enjoy the moment first , then take photos. In essence, photos are really just an aide memoire and for sharing.

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  2. I like that landscape view from Calton Hill, it’s my favorite. And the very first image is an excellent one, obviously. What a nice series, Sola. Enjoyed these. Some good friends of mine lived in London for a year and in the past they’ve spoken of visiting Edinburgh at various times. The next time I see them I think I’d like to ask them about Calton Hill.

    Have a good weekend!

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    • Hi Jason! The views from Calton Hill are just superb – It’s such a tourist attraction. So glad to know you enjoyed the series of images. I hope your friends had a fabulous time in Edinburgh and enjoyed the historical beauty of this old city. Have a lovely weekend too 🙂

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  3. Ah, what wonderful images! I haven’t been to Edinburgh in years, but your images snapped me right back there as if no time had passed. You’ve really captured the beauty and spirit of the place. Well done, Sóla!

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