Scottish Highlands

When planning a trip to Europe, I think there is this common misconception that we should spend all our time exploring the major cities. Of course, nobody wants to miss a moment in London, Paris, or Rome, and while these cities are glorious, there is so much to see and do in the countryside as well. I have fond memories of my first trips to France and Italy, when I visited the country regions of Provence and Tuscany.

So with the splendors of country life in mind, we packed our bags and left Edinburgh for the Scottish Highlands. Narrow highways and village roads took us past fields of barley, bright-yellow rapeseed, and grazing cows.

Along the River Teith, we stopped at the Deanston Distillery to taste the single malt Scotch whiskey they produce there and to learn how it's made. 
After Deanston, we visited Stirling Castle and the William Wallace monument that looks over the town from the summit of Abbey Craig.

We ended our day with a drive through the Trossachs National Park and Loch Lomond Region, venturing as far as Loch Katrine before looping back through the park to our hotel.