Scotland – City Scenes

So, if you noticed that I’ve been a little MIA in the DIY world, it is because my true love and I snuck away for a special 15th anniversary trip to:

It is by far the most beautiful place I’ve been yet. Rolling green hills, blue-purple skies, and fields of yellow crops – Oh MY!

I took 1500 pictures, so it was really tough narrowing them down to just a few.  I’ve decided to break my photos into two different posts (so your browser wouldn’t break!): City Views and Country Vistas.

If you will come along with me…Return your seats and tray tables to their upright positions as we prepare for landing. Next stop Edinburgh, Scotland!

A city where its castle clings to the rocky remains of a volcano.

And street performers entertain from doorways along the Royal Mile and…

…bag pipers who quite literally provide a soundtrack for walks around the city. It was truly surreal hearing the crooning tones of the bag pipes while walking around Scotland!

Flowers and fauna who defy mother nature by growing in the cracks of rock.

Ornate architectural details drape over every building.

Edinburgh (pronounced Ed-en-bur-uh) is a relatively small city, but it has such regal stature.

Regal details including gold encrusted down spouts at Edinburgh Castle!

My favorite trait about this quaint city is its unique color palette. Stores are painted with bright crayon colors.

Not to be outdone, Princes Street Garden is packed full of colorful flowers.

Scottish are known for:
Whiskey – they take it very seriously! These are all leather encased bottles of Whiskey.

Beef. They also take their meat seriously, right down the maturity and {ahem} well-hung-ness.

Men in kilts! (I have no idea about their well-hung-ness, because I didn’t ask. So you will have to go yourself one day and ask what lies beneath the kilts.)
The handsome young men of Scotland are proud to wear their heritage around their waists. We saw a group of college age pals renting a car for the weekend and they all had kilts on (and very muscular legs!)

The people of Scotland were very nice (at least I think they were being nice.) The wonderfully thick Scottish accent was hard to understand at times. But luckily facial expressions are universal.

As we finished our day touring Edinburgh, we were treated to beautiful sunset views from Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park.


The amazing thing about Scotland is that it stayed light until 9:40pm.
The moon rises well before nightfall.


  1. Jealous! Beautiful pictures though, looks like you had a blast

  2. Beautiful photographs! I am completely jealous.

  3. My husband and I just dreamed through your pictures…amazing!! I can’t WAIT to see the pictures from the country!!!!

  4. Whew! Great stuff. Your photos are so crisp. Loved them. Thank you.
    – Joy

  5. Wow. I can’t wait to see the country. Thanks for showing off the city views. What a lucky couple to have such a nice trip. I am happy for you.

  6. Awesome. awesome. awesome. You need to give details of your planning & where you stayed! I’m planning us a 10 year anniversary trip to Ireland or Scotland & can’t decide!! I LOVE your photos…. Glad you had fun & arrived home safely :)

  7. Welcome back. What an amazing trip. I love Scotland and this brought back great memories for me. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Heather Curtis Borrego says:

    I especially like the pictures of the Heather. But all the pictures are magical! I love them!!! Congratulations to both of you!


  9. I love your photographs of Scotland! You have a talented eye for composition. And, the answer to the question “What do they wear underneath?” is two things……. shoes and socks.

  10. Brittany-
    First, Happy Anniversary. 15 years is a great milestone.
    Second, what beautiful pictures. Ireland and Scotland are the only 2 places I really want to visit, but probably never will, so thank you for sharing your trip with me. It looks amazing. :)
    You’re such a talented and gifted person. The images are phenomenal!
    And finally, I absolutely love the way you spelled out Scotland with “ordinary” items. Very clever!

    Glad you guys had a great time!

  11. GREAT shots! What a beautiful place and to go for your anniversary, even better (HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!) Looking forward to the country vistas…

  12. You are a gifted photographer–all beautiful shots.

  13. Ab-so-lute-ly gorgeous pics! I wish you sold prints. Do you? I would love one of the red door! (and maybe a couple of others, too!)
    Looks like you had a wonderful anniversary!

  14. Absolutely beautiful pictures! The colors are fantastic. Thanks for sharing the amazing sights in this gorgeous city! Yet another city added to my list of places to go.

  15. Your photos are beautiful! Hoping you’ve blogged about adjusting a door jamb! We’ve just replaced our weather stripping and it resulted in a sliver of light coming through the top left side of our front door! Any ideas? Thanks for your blog– I enjoy following you!

  16. I love Sotland, espcially Edinburgh. My husband and I went there on our honeymoon and went back last summer for our 5th wedding anniversary. Thanks for posting such beautiful pictures of the city!!

  17. Oh that I had a handsome Prince, to whisk me away on his private jet to that lovely place on my birthday Thursday.Hey they say if you are gonna dream then dream I am so glad you two had a lovely time and took pictures to share us. The architectural quality over there blows me away. I’m sure it is most beautiful on person. Congratulations on your 15 years together and Happy Anniversary to you both.

  18. What beautiful pictures. Great trip to celebrate your anniversary.

  19. Carol Ann says:

    You captured that beautiful city perfectly! My son-in-law is Scottish (and FYI: they go commando under those kilts) and we took some of those same pictures when we visited his home country. The beauty was lost on my husband, however, when he
    commented that the city needed a good pressure-washing.

  20. HudsonHero says:

    Like your husband’s glasses. 😉 Cute pictures of you two.
    Other photos are great too. Love Scottland! What a great anniversary trip.

  21. I love Scotland! My sister lives there. Beautiful shots. You got a stunning space here!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  22. So gorgeous, thanks for sharing! Scotland is definitely on my list of places to visit in the next five years.


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