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Scotland – How will this Celtic Gem Inspire You?

I first went to Scotland on a whim.  I was perusing travel books at a local bookseller and came across a Scotland travel guide.  I love castles and fiber arts, and my husband loves scotch whisky (that’s right – in Scotland it’s whisky, not whiskey) and golf.  Our next vacation was immediately decided - it was a no-brainer!

Kelley, The Relaxed Explorer’s co-founder, originates partly from Scottish descent.  When she was deciding on ideas for her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary present, a trip to Scotland was the winner.  As her mother is in a wheelchair, she did extensive research to discover accessible attractions, restaurants & activities. 

Scotland has something for everyone.  You can visit picturesque castles and royal palaces steeped in history, and stroll through vivid gardens.  Or discover battlegrounds, museums, and medieval chapels.  It is the home of golf, and golfers can experience the sport at its most authentic by playing a round at the oldest golf course in the world – The Old Course at St. Andrews.  Nature enthusiasts can enjoy a boat cruise on one of Scotland’s many lochs or a leisurely drive through the scenic Highland countryside. When visiting in summer, spend a day cheering with locals at a highland game – not only will you see sporting events such as the caber toss and tug-of-war, you’ll also experience traditional highland dancing and lots & lots of bagpipes.  Are you more of a city person?  Edinburgh and Glasgow don’t disappoint; with all the diversity of restaurants, shopping, and attractions both new and old.  Of course, a visit to Scotland wouldn’t be complete without touring a whisky distillery; only in Scotland can you sample authentic scotch, maybe straight from the cask!

And did we mention the food?  Amazing.  Although not historically known for its culinary scene, Scotland has come into its own in recent years.  Yes, there is haggis and you may be surprised to find you enjoy it – we suggest trying it fried. But there is also an abundance of seafood (it is an island!), potatoes cooked to perfection, traditional fish and chips, smoked fish, flaky meat pies, sticky pudding, and other Scottish specialties.  Our mouths are watering…

When deciding on locations for our company’s first small group guided tour, Scotland was the unanimous choice.  Many people would not equate Scotland with accessible travel, but here at The Relaxed Explorer we saw the potential.   We spent a lot of time and research and included our personal experiences to design a relaxed pace, fully accessible tour of Scotland.  We love to travel and believe travel opportunities should be available to all.  Come join us on an upcoming relaxed pace guided tour of Scotland – we’d love to share our passion of this Celtic gem with you!

We started The Relaxed Explorer because of Scotland experiences.  What will a trip to Scotland inspire you to do?

Patti and Kelley are the co-founders of The Relaxed Explorer, specializing in accessible, guided small group tours.  Visit us online at  www.therelaxedexplorer.com or call at 412-386-8730.

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