Squire Visits: Glasgow, Scotland

Judy Gistinger recently traveled to Glasgow, Scotland. What follows is her description of this amazing trip.

Castle Urquhart in Loch Ness

For Mother’s Day, my oldest daughter set up a “treasure hunt” of various bags and containers on the table plus about 40 pages of instructions on what my Mother’s Day gift was going to be.  It started that she was going to take me to a Little Big Town concert, front row seats, “meet and greet session”, back stage passes —I was really excited!  She had taken me to see them about 2 years before they hit the big time so she has followed them practically since they started.

In the next few pages of written instructions, she had pictures of suitcases so I’m thinking Nashville. Then she had passport application, my birth certificate request (but I did already have both) and then she informed me the concert was going to be in Glasgow, Scotland!

Wow! She planned a 10 day driving trip as well and we drove a LOT of the northern half of Scotland.  I was glad she is a confident woman–driving on the left side of extremely narrow roads was no easy task but she did it.  The scenery was gorgeous everywhere you looked.  All of the lovely little towns, castles, churches, assorted ruins. The first castle we

Judy in Scotland with The Squire Newspaper

went to was Edinburgh. We stayed at AirBnB’s and the experiences were all great.  Some were whole apartments, some were nice rooms–one was even a single wide trailer really high up a hill over looking Loch Ness!

I also have a penpal in Bridge of Earn, Scotland.  We have been writing for 60 years!  I had met Sue once when she came to the States in 1969 so seeing her again and meeting her husband after all these years was so special.  They took me to some of the lesser known places, which was great fun.  We also spent half a day at St. Andrews—think one of the  first ever golf courses (they have 4 on the grounds now), quaint little town, church, school (where William & Kate  went to school!) all over looking Castle Sands at North Sea. Tons of history everywhere and the people were wonderful.  Our last night there was spent over looking the Atlantic Ocean—another Wow!

We had a great time–and 10 days alone with my oldest daughter was a treat I’ve never had before!  Hope you can get there one day to visit too!