6 Hours in Edinburgh – Edinburgh, Scotland

We went back and forth about venturing over to Edinburgh. It would be a 1.5 hour bus ride to and from so we were on the fence with our limited time in Scotland. By pure coincidence, however, my good friend (Ellyn) from childhood was in Edinburgh the same week that we were in Glasgow. Perfect!…

(Free) Sightseeing Adventures – Glasgow, Scotland

When traveling for five months it’s best to keep budgets in mind. Free activities are a must. We have greatly enjoyed walking to and from to get a lay of the land and enjoy local architecture. Glasgow Botanic Gardens We were fortunate to be staying down the block from the Botanic Garden. Our fellow traveler…

Packing for a Scottish Island

Packing for five months abroad in a single carry-on plus a tiny zip-on parasite bag (not the technical term) is no easy feat. How do you plan for six weeks in rainy 50 degree temperatures followed by four months in the European summer? We are still in the UK so I will only be addressing…

Island Fun – Kerrera, Scotland

So how do you keep busy on an island with 60ish people and no ferries past 6:00pm? We were quick to learn and found out that there is plenty to do to keep busy. Here are some of the extracurricular activities that took up our free time. Hiking There is a clear trail around the…

Island Eats – Kerrera, Scotland

Food was a major highlight of our first month. Our host Martin was an unbelievable chef and he made sure we tried a wide variety of cuisines during our stay. Part of the fun was acting as sous chef while assisting with the morning and evening prep. Working in a Tea Garden we had access…

Wildlife – Kerrera, Scotland

Over the past couple of weeks we have encountered an assortment of wildlife. These are only our interactions and we will need to do a bit more research (definitely not entirely accurate). We will start with the most popular and end with the animals too elusive to be photographed. Sheep Thousands of sheep, sheep when…

Oban Day Trip – Oban, Scotland

The ferry schedule makes it difficult to get to and from the mainland so we try to use our days off to get to the local city of Oban. We have done some of our own research and received some recommendations about the highlights of the town. Here is how we have spent our days…

Island Lap – Kerrera, Scotland

Two weeks into our stay, it was finally our chance to take the full trip around the island. We were told that it is a 4-hour hike, so we were excited to see it for ourselves. The image above is a map that is posted at at the ferry dock for incoming travelers. We were…

First Impressions – Kerrera, Scotland

We boarded the ferry after a 10 minute taxi from Oban. We received prior directions that we could throw our bags in the ferry house and take the 45 minute hike to the Kerrera Tea Garden and our future cabin. The last ferry from Oban to the island is at 6:00PM, so we need to…

Itinerary – Glasgow/Loch Lomond addition

Photo from History.com We haven’t even left yet and we’re already changing the plan. Such is life. We wanted to transition down to Glasgow from Oban to visit Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. I am thrilled to experience such a beautiful national park. Just a quick 50 minute train from Glasgow to spend…