It’s been a while since I lasted posted anything here and thankfully it’s not because I haven’t done anything interesting. I have been to Inverness in Scotland, caught up with one of my friends Jamie and did some touristy stuff around Edinburgh and visited Germany! Oh and not to brag but I did visit some very important Harry Potter (and Skyfall but who cares about that when Harry Potter is an option!) filming locations As well as some other boring stuff such as working.
We stayed in part of a castle booked on Airbnb. If you haven’t used Airbnb I would definitely recommend using it. Click here and you should receive some credit to use on your first booking (full discloser – I also receive credit to use on my next trip if you book something). There’s some really cool places to stay, such as castles or if you want something cheaper you can always stay in someones spare bedroom.
In Inverness we took a bus tour with Jacobite Tours from the city to Loch Ness where we got on a boat to Urquhart Castle. Did we see Nessie?! Well, I’m not suddenly super rich from getting a photo of the illusive monster, so the answer is no. I did however convince Jamie that we could see Nessie driving past Loch Ness a few days later. I would definitely recommend seeing Urquhart Castle and doing a bus tour with these guys. It was only 2.5 hour
s but we got heaps of information from the driver and saw some other things that we wouldn’t have done on our own.
The other exciting thing we did in Inverness was a tour of the Glenmorangie Distillery. Now neither Ryan nor I like whiskey but it is extremely interesting learning how its made and if you like whiskey you get a free sample at the end!
Road trip through the Great Glen
Road trip via The Great Glen
So on our way home from Inverness we picked up Jamie from the train station and decided to take the scenic route home via the Great Glen. I thought Loch Ness was incredible but this was even better!
We visited the Glenfinnan viaduct which was made famous in the Harry Potter films and some other locations seen in the films such as Dumbledore’s final resting spot.
This route includes driving past Scotland’s highest mountain – Ben Nevis and some other breathtaking scenes such as Glen Coe. Definitely the best road trip I’ve ever been on in terms of scenery.
So Jamie and I flew to Munich and Spent 3 nights there and then we parted ways and I took a extremely early train to Hamburg and Jamie went to meet another friend in Stuttgart.
In both cities we did a free walking tour. These are really good for getting your bearings in a city and finding out what places you want to have a closer look at later. The guide does not get paid a salary – only what they earn in tips – which means they put a lot of effort into making the tours both interesting and informative. Jamie and I enjoyed our free tour so we decided to do a paid tour of the concentration camp Dachau the following day.
Now concentration camps happy places to visit but they are very eye opening. It is hard to understand what people went through from reading books but seeing it is completely different. I wouldn’t say I enjoy visiting these places but from an educational perspective, it is something everyone should visit at some point in their lives.
Other places worth visiting in Munich include Marienplatz and the glockenspiel and the English Gardens.
I only spent 24 hours in Hamburg but I have a to do list for when I go back. The port of Hamburg is the largest in Germany and the city has been built around shipping and trade which is probably why I have fallen in love with this city. You can see old hooks on buildings next to the canals that were used to get cargo off the boats. I went on a ferry and got to see a lot of the city this way without paying ridiculous amounts for a boat tour.
I didn’t get a chance to discover Hamburgs music history/culture and I didn’t have enough time to visit the chocolate factory so I am definitely making Ryan come back and visit the city with me.