Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tartan Weaving Mill

The Tartan Weaving Mill is located just outside of Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile. Unfortunately, the whole place does feel very touristy but the working tartan mill is such a necessary piece of Scottish culture. The tartan is SO important to old highland culture as well as today's Scottish Nationalism. The history about the clan tartans has a bit of scrutiny y around it, but no one can deny the absolute love of plaid. 

Steale Falls - Fort William, Scotland

Steale Falls was one of the last hikes we went on while we were in Scotland. It was located very near Fort William. We were able to find the hiking spot from the site. If you are going to be hiking in Scotland, I highly advise you become a member of that site!

It was a rainy, drizzly day (Scotland!) but it was perfect for hiking. It drizzled on and off, but the thick canopy of the trees kept up pretty dry. It was about a 2 mile hike to the falls on a windy, slippery path. The sign pictured here is no joke! I could see how easily one could slip on the rocks and fall very far to the canyon floor. Luckily, we were sure footed.

Once you climb up the windy path, it opens up to a valley where Steale Falls can be seen very easily along the way. The river had that Scottish burn color, the dark whiskey brown. I took a moment to eat my shortbread and drink my scotch while Aaron walked in the river. It was such a pleasant hike! Very easy to get to with absolutely breathtaking views. 

Fun Fact: Steale Falls was actually featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Scotland was a filming locale for many of the Harry Potter movies.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Google Photos is an amazing app!

I am back from Scotland now and it was a trip of a lifetime. I tried to chare along the way, but internet was very finicky in some of the remote locations we were, so I didn't get to post as much as I would've liked. 

Google Photos was an amazing piece of the journey that I did not expect. Aaron and I took about 4 GB of photos each, along with multiple video clips. Google Photo created edited videos for us using all of the videos we took. The result is fantastic!