Moving on to the next step in life can be difficult, even if what’s next is incredibly exciting. I have loved living in Edinburgh and it pains me to think that my days there are almost over. However (and it’s a big however), this four month trip around Europe that we’re embarking on is something that I’ve always dreamed of doing, but could scarcely bring myself to hope might actually happen. Well, it’s happening, and today was the first official day of our trip!
Today, we traveled to Isle of Skye and I let my Harry Potter nerd flag fly.
We boarded a bus complete with a kilted guide first thing this morning and headed to the highlands!
Our first stop was Glen Coe. Even though we’ve seen it a few times before, this infamous glen that was used for the final scene in the James Bond movie, “Skyfall” never ceases to blow me away.
We stopped for lunch beneath the tallest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, and ate our peanut butter and banana sandwiches in it’s shadow.
Next up, the fantastic Harry Potter bucket list items…
We got to see the actual Harry Potter train from the movies!
And then we got to see it running on the Glenfinnan Viaduct from the movies!
I may or may not have geeked out a little.
We saw many more Harry Potter filming locations on the drive, far too many to post. It was definitely a Harry Potter filled day.
We also got to play on a white sandy beach! Who knew Scotland had those?!? I had to drag Blythe away from the tide pools when it was time to go.
To get to Skye, we took a ferry from Mallaig. Beautiful views and ocean breeze, what could be better?
We arrived at our cute little hostel on Isle of Skye just in time to watch the sunset with a cup of hot chocolate. We were only slightly attacked by Scotland’s pesky biting midges…
But I’d say this view was worth it.
Fun fact, we ended up (totally by chance), rooming with the two girls who are visiting one of our friends here in Scotland! It’s funny how many familiar faces you find when travelling.
And look at how cute our hostel is!
My sadness about leaving Edinburgh has been consuming me for the last few weeks, but the wonderful adventures we had today have helped to ease that pain. Today is only the beginning of what promises to be a life changing experience for both of us.
I look forward to what tomorrow has in store.