Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bucket List: Second Place to Visit is Scotland by Alicia Coleman

Scotland is the next stop on my bucket list.  Land of my very, very, very distant ancestors as was England.

The first place I'd like to visit is the Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis. Lewis is the largest, most northern island in the Outer Herbrides and home to one of the best prehistoric sites in Scotland.

                                      "Standing Stones of Callanish (Callanish I) (9605427)". 

With the hills of Great Bernera as a backdrop, the Callanish Stones are situated on a low ridge above the low waters of Loch Roag.  The stones date back to around 2900 and 2600 BC and was primarily used as a religious site until agriculture took over around 3000 BC.

I'd love to create a story surrounding these stones.  Perhaps some of this research can be used for that purpose. Did I mention that I love history?

The next place would be the Edinburgh Castle.

                                                         "Edinburgh Castle, Scotland"

Home of many of Scotland's monarchs such as Queen Margaret and Mary Queen of Scots who gave birth to her son, James VI, there in 1566.  As a stronghold, the English and the Scots fought for control of the castle during the War of Independence and in 1314 it was wrest from the English in a night raid led by Thomas Randolph, nephew of King Robert the Bruce.

And last, I'd like to visit some of the locations used in the Harry Potter films.  I am a huge fan. The site uppermost on my list is to travel to the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

                                                               "Glenfinnan Viaduct"

That beautiful, intense, and funny scene where the Ford Anglia lands on the Viaduct in the Chamber of Secrets and a train is behind them.
Here's a snippet:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPsIU9BTbcQ

What other fun and exotic places would you like to visit?

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