Scotland Tag

Bridge Over the Water of Leith

01 Apr 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

The Water of Leith flows out into the Firth of Forth. Admit it -- you know you smiled just reading that. Historians claim that the world's great cities have become great because they are built near water. Where there is water, living things collect and thrive. In places...

The Sunlit Spire of Old Tron Kirk

19 Mar 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

Cathedrals like this are few and far between where I live. Not only do I live in the United States, where the fine art of century-in-the-making-type churches has been lost, but I also live on the West Coast. This is the land of churches that are...

Hairy Cow Grazing the Grass of Skye

06 Mar 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places, Things

Red hair is something we've come to expect from the Scottish. Movies and TV shows have convinced us that most real Scots are fiery redheads. Having traveled to Scotland myself, I can debunk that myth. Though I will report that most of their cows are indeed red-headed. One...

Lonely Ruins on the Isle of Iona

03 Mar 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

This tiny pile of stones is interesting enough to look at, and the surrounding scenery is truly stunning. But the story behind these weathered ruins fires up my soul. After two years of saving, planning, and daydreaming, my family made our way to Scotland. We drove...