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Scotland #18: Where to Stay in Scotland

Scotland #1: Welcome to Edinburgh!
Scotland #2: The View from Arthur’s Seat
Scotland #3: The View from Scott Monument
Scotland #4: Going Forth to Forth
Scotland #5: The Beauty of Fife
Scotland #6: Whisky Fail
Scotland #7: Defeat at Culloden
Scotland #8: Cawdor’s Not-So-Secret Garden
Scotland #9: The Loch Ness Loop
Scotland #10: The Road to Skye
Scotland #11: Old Man of Storr
Scotland #12: Pieces of Skye
Scotland #13: Rubha Hunish AKA The Hike from Hell
Scotland #14: Losing my Phone in Scotland and Other Adventures
Scotland #15: The Road to Glasgow
Scotland #16: Welcome to Glasgow!
Scotland #17: Street Art Scavenger Hunt in Glasgow

The goal of picking hotels for our Scotland trip was to spend as little money as possible while maintaining a basic standard of quality. I wasn’t expecting anything grand – I just wanted to stretch my points as far as they would go.

This is not the most interesting post, but in case anyone is planning a trip to Scotland and wants to see some options, I’m happy to be of service.

Edinburgh: Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh

I booked this hotel back when Club Carlson offered an insane deal to anyone who held the Club Carlson credit card: Last night free when you book a hotel with points. Our three nights in Edinburgh, in the heart of Old Town, was only 80,000 points (40,000 points per night).

Dundee: Double Tree by Hilton Dundee

For a mere, 20,000 points, we got a free stay at the Double Tree en route to the Highlands. The room was nice, but on the small side.

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Inverness: Holiday Inn Express Inverness

There was only one points option here: The Holiday Inn, and probably not the best points value, but better than paying $200 a night. We stayed three nights here. Nothing to write home about, but it got the job done.

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Isle of Skye: The Bosville Hotel

This was the nicest hotel we stayed in, and the only one we paid for. There are no points options on the Isle of Skye, and the hotels can get pricey here. We chose a mid-level boutique hotel at about $250 a night, and it was quite lovely with a very large space and complimentary breakfast.

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Glasgow: Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow

We barely spent any time in the hotel. We just wanted a place centrally located, so I unloaded another 40,000 Club Carlson points and booked a room at the Radisson Blu Glasgow.

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Scotland #17: Street Art Scavenger Hunt in Glasgow

Scotland #1: Welcome to Edinburgh!
Scotland #2: The View from Arthur’s Seat
Scotland #3: The View from Scott Monument
Scotland #4: Going Forth to Forth
Scotland #5: The Beauty of Fife
Scotland #6: Whisky Fail
Scotland #7: Defeat at Culloden
Scotland #8: Cawdor’s Not-So-Secret Garden
Scotland #9: The Loch Ness Loop
Scotland #10: The Road to Skye
Scotland #11: Old Man of Storr
Scotland #12: Pieces of Skye
Scotland #13: Rubha Hunish AKA The Hike from Hell
Scotland #14: Losing my Phone in Scotland and Other Adventures
Scotland #15: The Road to Glasgow
Scotland #16: Welcome to Glasgow!

Glasgow is well-known for its street art. So much so, that you can find a walking map of a kind-0f mural scavenger hunt. Lisa and I had a great time hunting them down and inserting ourselves into the art.

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This map is a little dated, but it’s what we used.

Let’s the hunt begin!

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Artistic interpretations on Argyle Street

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Artistic interpretations on Argyle Street

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Artistic interpretations on Argyle Street

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Artistic interpretations on Argyle Street (I love this one)

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Life imitates art!

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Aren’t we silly?

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The giant panda on Gordon Lane (another favorite of mine)

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“The World’s Most Economical Taxi” on Mitchell Street

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“Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” on Mitchell Street

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Interesting clientele at the Argyle Street Cafe

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Lisa ponders like an elephant

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The mural wraps around the corner!

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The badminton mural on Wilson Street was created in anticipation of the 2014 Commonwealth Games

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“Space Man” by Recoat and Ali Wyllie

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A fascinating mural at Howard and Dunlop Streets that wraps around three sides of a building!

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Impossible to photograph, but really fun to see

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This amazing mural was created by Rogue-One and Art Pistol

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That cat looks mighty hungry…

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“A View of the Clyde” gives passersby a view of what really lives in the River Clyde

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This is a redo of the original tiger displayed along the Clyde Walkway

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“The Five Faces” can be found along the underpass under Central Station

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I desperately wanted to capture the moving traffic, but I left the travel tripod in our hotel room

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That would be me – trying (dismally) to take night photography without a tripod

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Scotland #16: Welcome to Glasgow!

Scotland #1: Welcome to Edinburgh!
Scotland #2: The View from Arthur’s Seat
Scotland #3: The View from Scott Monument
Scotland #4: Going Forth to Forth
Scotland #5: The Beauty of Fife
Scotland #6: Whisky Fail
Scotland #7: Defeat at Culloden
Scotland #8: Cawdor’s Not-So-Secret Garden
Scotland #9: The Loch Ness Loop
Scotland #10: The Road to Skye
Scotland #11: Old Man of Storr
Scotland #12: Pieces of Skye
Scotland #13: Rubha Hunish AKA The Hike from Hell
Scotland #14: Losing my Phone in Scotland and Other Adventures
Scotland #15: The Road to Glasgow

Most people skip Glasgow. I’m so glad we didn’t.

We spent one long day walking all around Scotland’s largest city. And I mean walking. Our nearly seven-mile walk gave us a great overview of the creative, industrial energy that Glasgow is famous for.

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An approximate map of our Glasgow walk.

The city rose to its heights during the Industrial Revolution, serving as a major trade hub for Great Britain. Its gritty, industrial roots permeate the city today. Known for its entrepreneurial music and arts scene, we didn’t have to walk far to find a plucky street performer or an impressive street mural. In fact, Glasgow is well known for its street art, and we tried to visit as many murals as we could (coming up in the next post).

It is also a city that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Like this restaurant. Sometimes, you just gotta call it like you see it.

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After walking for a mile or so, we made our way through Kelingrove Park…

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…And then through the University of Glasgow campus.

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And my first video – a Scottish band performing on the Style Mile. Clearly, I need to work on my video taking skills, but you’ll get the idea.

Remember what I said about Glasgow’s sense of humor? This iconic statue of the Duke of Ellington is located outside the Gallery of Modern Art. The statue (and the cone) is so beloved, a 2013 effort by the Glasgow City Council to refurbish the monument and remove the cone was met with protests and social media backlash. The online petition stated: “The cone on Wellington’s head is an iconic part of Glasgow’s heritage, and means far more to the people of Glasgow and visitors than Wellington himself ever was.”

Hahahahahahaha. I. Love. This.

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We headed south to the River Clyde to check out the last street murals on our list, and stumbled upon this beautiful reflection of St. Andrews Cathedral.

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The River Clyde at night:

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We passed by this school on the way back to our hotel. I’m keeping my options open in case my day job doesn’t pan out…

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Scotland #15: The Road to Glasgow

Scotland #1: Welcome to Edinburgh!
Scotland #2: The View from Arthur’s Seat
Scotland #3: The View from Scott Monument
Scotland #4: Going Forth to Forth
Scotland #5: The Beauty of Fife
Scotland #6: Whisky Fail
Scotland #7: Defeat at Culloden
Scotland #8: Cawdor’s Not-So-Secret Garden
Scotland #9: The Loch Ness Loop
Scotland #10: The Road to Skye
Scotland #11: Old Man of Storr
Scotland #12: Pieces of Skye
Scotland #13: Rubha Hunish AKA The Hike from Hell
Scotland #14: Losing my Phone in Scotland and Other Adventures

The road to Glasgow was five hours long and filled with iconic Scottish scenery. We were supposed to hike through Glencoe, but my misadventures with my phone set us back. Plus, we had trouble finding the trail path. Plus, we were lazy. It was definitely one of those reasons.

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After leaving Skye, we stopped briefly at Eileen Donan Castle – the second visit of our trip. We wanted to take pictures without the deluge of rain.

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Next up was Glencoe, home to Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain at 4,409 feet. We didn’t get to see Ben Nevis, but we did get to see plenty of other mountains. We stopped at the famous Three Sisters of Glencoe: Gearr Aonach (Short Ridge), Aonach Dubh (Black Ridge), and Beinn Fhada (Long Hill).

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We were supposed to take a hike between the first and second sisters, but we were running out of time. Instead, we walked for a bit and collapsed in the grass for some desperately needed nap time.

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Lisa hates this picture, but I love it. The guy taking the picture was – I think the word is shocked – when I scooped Lisa off of the ground in my arms. For the record: This is not weird at all!

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Lisa could have stayed at Glencoe all day, but we wanted to get to Glasgow before dark. We headed south through Trossachs National Park, home to the beautiful Loch Lomond, the largest land-locked body of water in Great Britain. We didn’t have much time, but we managed to stop for a couple of photo ops.

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One hour later, we were in Glasgow – our final stop of our trip – and the end of driving on the left side of the road!

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