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  1. Mhairi
    March 11, 2014

    I’m from Edinburgh and have to say your pictures are stunning. Makes me proud to be Scottish. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed your time in Scotland and I do hope you did have a bevy! If you ever plan on returning to Scotland you should try and take a trip to Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven Aberdeenshire. I’ve attached a photo it’s really beautiful! Also anyone looking to travel to Edinburgh I would highly recommend coming in the first 2 weeks of August when the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is on. If you want any advice/recommendations/translations of Scottish slang (it can be tricky haha we tend to use it forgetting people who aren’t Scottish have no idea what we mean) just ask and I’ll try and help as best I can

  2. Julie Danes
    February 5, 2014

    Who knew Scotland had so many breath taking sights? Amazing photos, by the way.

    • Matthew Karsten
      February 6, 2014

      I only touched the surface too. There’s quite a bit more to this country.

  3. hikebiketravel
    February 3, 2014

    I love coming to your blog just to look at the pictures. A few years ago I hiked the West Highland Way and saw a few of the sights you’ve shown. Scotland was the first overseas trip we took our kids on so I have very fond memories of the place – but not the breakfasts.

    • Matthew Karsten
      February 6, 2014

      Why not the breakfasts?? :-)

      • hikebiketravel
        February 6, 2014

        I’m not a fan of beans or the Scottish version of a sausage. I had enough fired toast, fried egg, fried… to put me off.

  4. jthomas
    February 1, 2014

    I went to Scotland in May and traveled from Edinburgh, to Inverness, to Glasgow, and back to Edinburgh. My favorite sight has to be Urquhart Castle on the edge of Loch Ness. If you can look up a pic, it is just beautiful! Second to that is the Edinburgh Castle. That was the best trip of my life!

    • Matthew Karsten
      February 6, 2014

      Ah yes, I know the view you’re referring to.
      I made the trip to Urquhart. You can read about it here: http://expertvagabond.com/loch-ness-monster/

      • Alina Năznean
        August 29, 2014

        Well, Matthew , now i AM hungry of Scotland, Thanks!
        Definitely it will be MY NEXT.

      • Matthew Karsten
        September 1, 2014

        No problem Alina! It’s a wonderful place, Scotland.

  5. Catherine
    January 31, 2014

    So many great photos, love the one of Bothy Stone Cabin, lonesome buildings in the countryside always look so picturesque. Have visited Edinburgh before, but not explore anywhere else in Scotland, but your post has definitely inspired me to do so!

    • Matthew Karsten
      February 6, 2014

      Those red doors on the stone cabins are great. I’d really love to stay in one on my next trip.

  6. BakoymaTravels
    January 31, 2014

    I can’t choose a favourite, these are so gorgeous! I love the animal ones though, didn’t even know they had any polar bears in Scotland (wild or in park). The one with the black cab positioned perfectly in front of the church is awesome too though ;-) Well done! Thanks for sharing these.

    • Matthew Karsten
      February 6, 2014

      No wild polar bears, just these guys. Glad you enjoyed the photos!

  7. Mom
    January 30, 2014

    I LOVE the photos of the castle at night and looking through the iron bars in the cemetery! Nice job, Matt!

    • Matthew Karsten
      January 30, 2014

      Oh, I have plenty more cemetery photos to come…

  8. Carley
    January 30, 2014

    Beautiful pictures! I spent a week in the Edinburgh area about 10 years ago. If you ever go back, check out a little town Northeast of there called North Berwick. Right on the North Sea. And nearby is an amazing ruined castle called Tantallon. It backs right up to the sea. Absolutely gorgeous scenery out there!

    • Matthew Karsten
      January 30, 2014

      Thanks for the tip Carley! I did see an amazing ruin on the edge of the water on our train ride up North. Not sure if that was it or not. I’ll look it up.

  9. Tatiana Luján
    January 30, 2014

    I want to study in the UK, but thought Scotland was too cold. It sure looks beautiful and fun.

    • Matthew Karsten
      January 30, 2014

      When I was there it was certainly windy, but the only snow is really in the mountains. Wasn’t too bad compared to where I grew up — the North East coast of the US.

      • Tatiana Luján
        January 30, 2014

        Thanks!

    • Amy Dresser
      February 5, 2014

      Tatiana, I studied for my Master’s at University of Stirling in Scotland. Super gorgeous!! It gets a bit cold in the winter, but it’s mostly rainy. Such a beautiful country, you should definitely go!

      • Tatiana Luján
        February 5, 2014

        Thanks, Amy!

  10. BYJ
    January 30, 2014

    I have never considered traveling to Scotland (England and Ireland being my top UK picks) but these photos are wonderful. I’m definitely curious now! Thanks!

    • Matthew Karsten
      January 30, 2014

      To be honest it wasn’t one of my top picks either, but this journey changed my mind. I want to go back now! Do some hill walking for a few days, sleep in a bothy, check out the islands, and more. Glad the photos have inspired you!

  11. Papsrus
    January 30, 2014

    The Inverness Castle at night was an awesome sight. What a gorgeous compilation of photos. You captured it’s diversity.

    • Matthew Karsten
      January 30, 2014

      Thanks Papsrus, glad you enjoyed it. I only wish I had more time to explore other areas of Scotland. It just means I’ll have to return soon!

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