For the month of October, my travel photos will focus on one of my favorite places in the world–Scotland. My first trip there was a long weekend in November with my aunt, and it was magical. Bundled up against the damp and howling wind, we walked the streets of Edinburgh, exploring its darkened closes and hidden corners, and recovering in the warmth of its many pubs with a dram of whiskey and good food. From there we went to St. Andrews, where I was immediately enchanted by the cobbled streets, ruined castle and cathedral, and everything else about the small town surrounded on three sides by the North Sea. From seaside village to bustling city, our next stop was Stirling and its imposing castle fortress. While that whirlwind trip was magic, living in St. Andrews for four months for my study abroad meant that I was able to get to know Scotland much more intimately. While Ireland, in many ways, feels like a second home, Scotland is a wilder, more dramatic place to me. The perfect setting for telling ghost stories around a fire with good friends and a warm drink. And so, along with folklore and scary stories, this month I will share little bits of Scotland and her many mysteries.
A good place to start during any trip to Edinburgh is a hike up Arthur’s Seat, preferably at sunset. With the whole city spread out before you, bathed in late afternoon sun or pooled in swirling mist, you get a real sense of the place. The climb up and down is also full of surprises, from hunting hawks and dancing pheasants to grazing hares and bountiful wildflowers.