I mean, the majority of us are on a budget these days, right? When I visited Scotland has a college student, I was most certainly on a tight budget. Thankfully, I found plenty of free or mostly free activities to keep me busy without feeling like I was compromising the experience of the country! Again, I apologize for the quality of these photos but my 2012 self didn't realize I would want to blog about this in 2015... shame on me.
1. Princes Street Gardens. Princes Street Garden is right off The Royal Mile in the shadow of the Edinburgh Castle. It's a beautiful location and often full of activity. Be sure to check out the Saturday Farmer's Market that happens each week!
2. Hike Arthur's Seat. The views from Arthur's Seat are the best in Edinburgh. You can see the coastline, the rolling hills, and the castle. This was one of my favorite places to run while I lived in Edinburgh. This hike is not for beginners and proper shoes should be worn.
3. Attend a Ceilidh. Ceilidhs are a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing. The men come dressed in traditional clothing, which is always quite a show! You can often find a free, public ceilidh to attend. If not, ask a local and they'll point you in the right direction.
4. Have a Beach Day in St. Andrews. St. Andrews is famous for golf and for being the place that Will met Kate. It's a beautiful little small town with gorgeous ruins and lovely beaches that are definitely worth checking out. You can do a large majority of the things in town for free.
5. Hike the Isle of Skye and Faerie Glen. There are a large number of great hiking locations in both of these areas and the majority of the cost is just getting to them! We went on a 3-day tour that took us to both locations and allowed time for hiking at each.
6. Go Castle Gazing. I mean, you have to while in Scotland right? In my opinion, once you've been in one castle, you have pretty much been in them all. However, they're really fun to see from the outside which also happens to be free.
7. Visit the Edinburgh Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden is a fairly good sized garden located in Edinburgh. It's free to the public and definitely worth checking out more than once.
8. Hunt for Nessie at Loch Ness. I mean, you could spend years doing this!
9. Walk Around the Bruntsfield Links or Play a Round of Golf. I lived right on the edge of the Bruntsfield Links and it's a great place for a walk or run. There is also a small golf course and it's the fourth oldest course in the world.
10. Visit the Elephant House. This is allededgy the place where J.K. Rowling would come to write the Harry Potter series.
11. Visit Kilt Rock. Also on the Isle of Skye, it's really a breathtaking sight. I'm again kicking myself for not having better photos.
12. Pet a Hairy Coo. Kiss one if you're brave enough. But really, if anything do this because it's free. You'll have to head into the Highlands, but if you're in Scotland you should absolutely be doing that anyways!
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________________________________________________________________________Simple Moments Stick. I live with my handsome husband, Nate, and our nine month old son, Caleb, in the Pacific Northwest. Nate just graduated from seminary in Portland, OR and THIS WEEKEND we’re moving north because he accepted an associate pastor position!! I’m so excited (and a little terrified) to be a pastor’s wife! Simple Moments Stick is a place where I share all aspects of my life. One day you I might talk about my family (I have ELEVEN brothers and sisters!), another day I’ll brag on my son (Although I do try to keep the bragging to a minimum. I don’t want to be THAT mom), on a third day I might talk about my faith, and another day I might flaunt how awesome my husband is. (Although, he thinks that should be ALL I blog about…) My heart behind my blog is to connect with other women around the country (and world!) to love on and encourage one another.
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