Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Highland Fling - Victoria Magazine

   Ahh, Highland Fling is the perfect phrase to describe what I feel in this wandering heart of mine. My word, I can't tell you just how much I want to travel to far off places. Namely, Scotland. I want to roam the grassy hills, take great gulps of the fresh Scottish air, and just live in that rich culture and place. 

This is Sir Walter, my newest edition.
   What?, you may ask, sparked this Scotland desire. Well it all started when I was just a wee little thing. For some reason, I found inspire and joy (dare I say) in the idea of Scotland. Of course, at the time I really didn't know what Scotland was but I did have an inkling of what I thought it was. My real wanderlust really started with Ireland, but slowly moved to Scotland. And there it resides. So, back to my tale. As I got older (or approached the age I am at now ), my desire to travel to Scotland became more than just a wanderlust for the land itself. I started to develop a passion for learning the language (Scottish-Gaelic), and soon that turned into a yearning to know the people of Scotland, to delve into the rich culture it offered, and to appreciate that very different land from my own. My dream is still to travel to Scotland one day. And if I achieve a level of fluency in Gaelic, I would love to converse with the people of Scotland that still speak Scottish-Gaelic.  And presently, I actually have a wonderful opportunity to travel to Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and England with People to People Ambassador Programs in the summer of 2013. However I will need to raise a lot of funds before I can embark on that adventure (but that is another blog post). 

   The main point of this post is to share with you a few photos I took of some of the glorious pictures taken for Victoria Magazine's special on Scotland.  Have a look, and sigh.

Imbued for centuries with legend and lore, the magical land of Scotland offers a captivating doorway to both the past and the present. Visitors can explore historic landmarks and battlefields, elegant country estates, and ancient lochs and glens or enjoy Edinburgh’s myriad urban delights, such as world-class restaurants, prestigious galleries and theatres, and the famed Grassmarket shopping district.

With its charming pastel-painted cottages, the scenic Isle of Skye boasts stunning terrain and a host of quaint shops and eateries. And no trip to Scotland would be complete without touring the picture-postcard environs of the Orkney Islands and following the celebrated Orkney Craft Trail that showcases the workshops and studios of local artists and artisans who craft exquisite knitwear, jewelry, furniture, and textiles.

"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers."
- Psalm 24:1-2

One of my favorite teas!
Sir Walter Scott nutcracker, respectfully. 

Where is somewhere that just sparks in you a wanderlust to travel? Is it remote, highly populated, hot weathered or cold? Go ahead and share, you know you want to.

this wandering soul,
All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography, taken of photos from Victoria Magazine's Scotland Edition 2012.


  1. Ah! Aaaaaaalba! :) It would be awesome if you could go on that trip! But, if you wait until next year you could possibly come visit me!!!!! That would more awesome than I can express. Seriously.

  2. Um, yes. Sighing over these delicious photo's is *right*! I'd also love to travel to Scotland!

  3. My goodness. We are singularly alike and yet unlike each other, it appears. I have a passion for Scotland and it has always been one of my large (unpractical) dreams to marry a man from that country. Unlike you, I haven't been active enough to learn Gaelic, but I have a special, thorny little ache in my heart that demands I go to Scotland someday. ^.^


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