Friday, April 24, 2015

Scotland Photos & Giveaway

 Hello Friends

Well here are some of my pictures from my trip to Scotland. I wanted to give you a wee glimpse in to the place I call home.  If you are here for my giveaway you can scroll right to the end if you don't want to go through the photos ha :)


Glasgow Skyline & The River Clyde





So this is home for me Sunny Glasgow. It is the largest city in Scotland and home to the River Clyde. The name itself is Gaelic and it means 'Dear Green Place'. It really is too even in winter it is still very green. We get so much rain that is stays green and mossy year round. Glasgow is filled with so much to do and see and most of the museums are free to visit. It really is a great city it has lots of great shopping too it is one of the best shopping places in Scotland.


Paisley Abbey

This is an absolutely stunning Abbey inside and out. It is only a ten minute drive from my Mum's house. It is a former monastery and a current day Church of Scotland. My husband and I went here for Easter Sunday. Where a full choir dressed in white robes sang and an orchestra played. It was quite heavenly :) You can find out more about the Abbey here.

Troon Beach




 Troon is about a forty minute car drive from Glasgow. It is very quick and easy to get to even in public transport you can be at the beach in less than an hour. A lovely wee beach and the town itself has lots of wee shops and restaurants. I LOVE the beach and when I am home I go here all the time in all seasons. We have very mild weather in Scotland. We don't tend to have extreme heat and cold but we do have LOTS of rain.

A wee selfie on the windswept Troon beach :)

Doune Castle

Every time we go home I try to take my husband Don to different places that he has not been to. I think this was his 12th trip to Scotland! This was another castle to add to his list. Doune castle is situated just outside of Stirling about an hour's drive from Glasgow. This castle is currently being used in the TV series Outlander if you are a fan of that. Monty Pythons Holy Grail was also filmed here. The audio tour of the castle is narrated by Terry Jones which my husband found to be really funny.


View from the top of Doune Castle





 This is one of my favourite castles you can climb right to the top if you wish. We did and it is not for the faint of heart. Tiny stairs that get narrower and narrower as you reach the top. The view is absolutely stunning when you get there though and well worth it. The view if Mountains and the River Teith.


Auchingarroch Wildlife Centre

We took my nephew to a wildlife park in Perth called Auchingarroch Wildlife Centre. He is animal crazy and he loved this place. It is out in the middle of nowhere and the view is just snow capped mountains. You get to feed the animals and really interact with them.  You can find out more about Auchingarroch here.


Matilda  the Highland Cow

Now I can't let you go without showing you a highland cow can I :) Meet Matilda she is a one year old highland calf and she is as cute as a button. You can see her at Auchingarroch she loves to be petted under her chin. So I hope you enjoyed some of my photos from home.  I took hundreds of photos but I did not want to bore you with too many. As you can see it is a beautiful place. You can be in the city one minute and then drive an hour one way and be at the beach. Then go the other way and be in the mountains all in the same day. If you get the chance to go to Scotland of course I will highly recommend it I am biased of course ;)

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Now on to my wee giveaway! I brought back 3 stamps a wee Scottie Dog from Hobby Craft and Crafters Companion stamps 'Time Out' & 'With Sympathy. I also have some Green Jute which I love using and some Blue Tartan Ribbon. I think the best part of the prize is the Brusho though. I went back to the shop in Glasgow to buy one especially for this giveaway and they were almost out. I got the last turquoise one on the shelf. If you have been on my blog lately you know how much  I love Brusho there is so much you can do with this wee pot of powder. So all you have do is tell me why you want to win super easy. I will pick a winner next Sunday 3rd May.


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today I hope you enjoyed my photos :)

Mandi xox

9 comments:

  1. Oh, I would so love to go to Scotland; it's on my bucket list. I am half Scottish; from the MacDonald clan, so I am told. Thank you for sharing your photos.

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    1. Oh, and I would love to win your giveaway because I love to craft.

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  2. Oh, my....I absolutely LOVE your photos!!! Thanks so much for sharing them with us. They are so beautiful and intriguing. What a wonderful place!!!

    I would love to win your giveaway because it is a little piece of Scotland.....and because all the items (esp the Brusho product) look sooooooooooo fun to use!!! I have Scottish in my heritage, too. Although I am adopted and know little abt my family tree, I do know that tiny bit of it. :)

    Thanks so much for the chance to win these lovelies!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  3. Wow, such wonderful photos!!! Thanks for sharing - Scotland is number one on my list of overseas places to visit! (I am Canadian and live in Northwestern Ontario). I am a big fan of Outlander (the books first, now the mini) so, thanks for showing the pic of that familiar looking castle! Oh, and I have Scottish heritage - my maiden name is Cameron - and I named my eldest son Cameron because we love the name so much, lol!
    How very kind of you to bring back goodies to share - would love to win especially since they are goodies from Scotland! I don't have any Brusho, but it sure sounds fun!
    Cheers,
    Shanna :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing your photos of your home in Scotland! They are breathtaking! What a wonderful place to grow up in! Thanks for sharing some history as well!

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  5. I would love to win your giveaway as I have been reading about the Brushos but do not have any yet. Beautiful pics of Scotland.

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  6. I had never heard of Brusho until today - would love to win!!! Thanks for the generous opportunity :) I am so envious of your beautiful trip. The photos just make me want to be there! Thanks for sharing :)

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  7. What a great vacation. Lovely pictures! I would love to win just because I love to craft. I just recently found your blog and will be following now!!

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  8. I so enjoyed your pictures. I have visited Glasgow twice. My father was born there and had dual citizenship in the USA. We lived in central New York.

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