I have travelled around Scotland this past month, with many lovely interesting visitors from different parts of the USA, South Carolina, Washington State, New York, California to name a few.
I met up with Rick Steves the American travel writer again in Edinburgh, he was in the Capital to update his guide to Edinburgh, he’s such a wonderful man, fun to be with and generous with his time for all his loyal followers who recognise him! We had a good morning exploring Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. I am fortunate to be one of his recommended guides in Edinburgh & have been taking care of his travellers for some time now.
One of the highlights was visiting Huntly Castle in Aberdeenshire with a Mr Huntly who’s ancestors left the area in the 17thc for America, one of the early settlers. Huntly Castle is a fine example of a ruined castle, built in different periods of time, for the Dukes of Gordon. A wonderful castle to explore up and round and in and out! This small group from the Seattle area of Washington State flew direct to Amsterdam from the US and onto Inverness where we were based for 5 nights, taking day tours around the Inverness area, then drove south to Edinburgh for 3 nights. (Inverness airport is expanding yearly)
I have taken a few small groups mainly couples or small family groups on walking tours in Edinburgh, it’s a wonderful walking city, a bit hilly! ( as one visitor told me recently ……”everything is up in Scotland!”) we explored the quieter areas of the City both in the Old & the New Towns.
I have travelled on the Jacobite Express Steam train from Fort William to Mallaig ( aka the Hogwart Express from the Harry Potter films!),
Places I’ve stayed in July ………Glencoe with family members of previous clients, Oban, Inverness, Glasgow, St Andrews …….it’s been a busy month indeed!