Navigating is not my strong suit. If I must be absolutely honest, I have no directional skills at all. However, after getting a guide to school and following the landmarks I frantically noted, I was able to get back and forth to class and around the University of Glasgow fairly well. My flat mates and I found Discover Scotland Tours, which had us with about 10 other people on a rather nice van across the West Highlands, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Oban, and many other quick stops. I absolutely loved the hairy coos (Scottish Highland cows) and the seaside town of Oban! I think if I ever had the chance to have a second home, Oban is it! I had tea and scones in Scotland’s oldest pub The Drover, over 317 years old and supposedly haunted. Our driver Dave introduced us to Scottish tablet, a favorite candy. It is most delicious and you simply must try it if you’re in Scotland.

I was only slightly homesick about two weeks in, but schoolwork soon took precedence, and we had another trip to the Isle of Iona. If I thought navigating the botanical gardens to class was hard….we took the subway, the railway, the ferry, a double decker bus, another ferry, and then hiked to our destination. It was more than worth it with the most phenomenal fish & chips from George Street Fish & Chip Shop. There’s no need to ever try any other! Be sure to wear good shoes and bring a rain jacket- not umbrella! The wind will blow the umbrella away and you’ll be drenched. It’s all worth it.

Tollbooth Kirk, at the base of Edinburgh Castle
Shores of Oban
Highlands and hairy coos!
Iverary Castle