Bonnie Scotland

My home is Scotland. I grew up in St. Andrews and have lived in Dundee (the sunniest city in Scotland*), Edinburgh (the windiest city in Scotland*) and Glasgow (the wettest city in Scotland*) where I now live. I’ve also travelled, from Hong Kong to San Francisco, Germany to South Africa and many places in between.

Travelling definitely broadens the mind, and I’ll have to remind myself of that when my kids decide they are off on adventures of their own! But, as Dorothy so eloquently put it, “There’s no place like home” and that is where I now spend most of my time. A “stay at home mum” allowing my life to revolve around the three little humans I made. A scientist by training and a problem solver by nature, I’ve found being a mum incredibly challenging and rewarding. I feel very fortunate that there are a lot of wonderful family activities on our doorstep, the likes of the Glasgow Science Centre and Dynamic Earth are definitely worth frequent visits and annual passes make these very affordable days out. There are also the Scottish museums and art galleries that are free to enter (donations welcome) such as Kelvingrove,  Riverside Museum, GoMA and the National Museums. We are also very lucky to have many large green spaces to enjoy throughout our cities. In Glasgow especially, you can feel like you are in the countryside despite being just a short walk from the city streets.

I’m a great supporter of public transport and when I’m out and about I will use trains and busses in preference to driving so, I know, these places are easily accessible by public transport (and a short walk, it’s always good to add a bit of outdoor exercise to any activity!). It’s also worth mentioning that ScotRail do a great Kids Go Free deal, with every adult return ticket, you can get free travel for up to two children and free child entry to many fantastic attractions. This makes travelling by train a fun and money-saving part of the adventure, bonus!

Sometimes it’s fun to go a bit further afield in the car. There are many fabulous places that can be reached and enjoyed on a day trip from Glasgow. Sights, natural and manmade, new and old, castles and beaches… I think I’ll keep these for a future blog post, but I’ve included a few pictures in the slideshow below to give you a taster!

 

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I’m always happy to find new places to visit, so if you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments, Spring holidays are approaching 🙂

 

* Anecdotal

Further reading:

https://www.visitscotland.com

http://www.environment.scotland.gov.uk/climate_trends_handbook/Chapter02/2_00.html

http://www.tramway.org/Pages/home.aspx

http://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/

http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/Pages/home.aspx

http://www.dynamicearth.co.uk/

http://www.visitstandrews.com/

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