Tuesday, March 5, 2013


For our celebration of American Thanksgiving, Z took a couple of days off of work.  Thanksgiving is, for obvious reasons, not observed here in England.  We made our own holiday and went on a roadtrip through Scotland.  Stopping first in Edinburgh, then driving further north to Loch Ness, and then completing the visit back through Edinburgh on our way home.

Edinburgh, Scotland

We stayed at an "apart-hotel" which just sounds odd to me.  But it just means apartment-like hotel rooms, i.e. kitchen and living room in addition to the sleeping rooms.  We have found this is the ideal way to travel with kiddo in tow.  Kitchen amenities provide us with a place to inexpensively prepare meals.  And the seperate sleeping quarters from the television/living space is most helpful when putting a pre-schooler to bed a few hours before Z and I are ready to call it a night ourselves.  Sharing a single room while travelling usually results in a kiddo who can't fall asleep early enough and a mom and dad hanging out in the early evening dark, pretending to be asleep in the hopes that the little person will give up trying to talk/play/read stories. 

Living Room in Apart-Hotel
The only major drawback to our apart-hotel room were the mattresses.  They were of the "I'm-so-tired-but-can't-sleep-because-the-bed-is-too-uncomfortable" variety.  I am tempted to bring our pump up air mattress along on the next road trip to circumvent said extreme discomfort.

Lovely Bedroom 1 (with the mattress from hell)

On the second day, we drove up to Loch Ness.  Northern Scotland is very very beautiful.

View of River Ness
Zach at the Nessie Exhibition
On our way up to Loch Ness, we drove through Dalwhinnie and stopped at the Distillery.  A bottle of fine Scotch Wiskey was purchased. 

On our last day, we visited Edinburgh Castle.  Very cold and rainy, but impressively historical.

C and Z walking in rain up to Edinburgh Castle

View of Edinburgh Castle at Night
Place of Honor on Castle Grounds for Faithful Companions
View over Edinburgh from Castle

It was great to get away as a family.  We are looking forward to our next holiday trip. 


1 comment:

  1. What an exciting, beautiful way to spend your holiday! :-)