Thursday, July 5, 2012

Scotland - We went here

So our last trip to Scotland was pretty quick, actually all my trips there have been pretty quick, I’ve been able to see a lot of the countryside, visit a lot of farms and see a lot of cattle and sheep along the side of the road but other than that, visiting any tourist locals hasn’t been on the agenda. This trip was no different, however we did have a lengthy drive from Dundee to the location we were staying in at England that evening so we took advantage of a tourist spot as a place to stretch our legs and get some fresh air.

We stopped in Gretna GreenGretna Green is known as the place to go elope for the English, it was originally deemed that because in Scotland you only had to be 16 to get married and in England it was 18 so young couples would run just across the border into Scotland to Gretna to get married. Now it is a little town that is set up perfect for couples to come and get married or tourists to stop and get a flavor of the Scottish culture. There are a lot of great shops with local Scottish goods including food, liquor, clothing and souvenirs.

I was able to pick up a lot of great items including Scottish wool scarves for the ladies in my family, Ginger and Honey Whiskey and an awesome horn cuff for myself. I’m pretty much in love with the Scottish Highlander cattle which the cuff was made from, partially because we had one as a roping heifer once and then we raised some calves out of her but they just look nice in a pasture to me as we drove along.
Clockwise: me with a picture of a Highlander outside the bathrooms, bag pipers in the courtyard area, the first house in Scotland/last house in Scotland depending on which way you are coming from and more horn cuff.
Me with my bag full of goodies under the horseshoe archway.

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