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My husband Justin and I recently celebrated our honeymoon by traveling to Ireland and Scotland. We arrived in Dublin, Ireland after awindstormdelay and a long flight, excited and exhausted for our adventure. We had rented a car for our journey. It will be fun to drive on the opposite side of the road in a left-handed manual car, right? Now, after being awake for over 30 hours, it can be very challenging to navigate your way around a new city, while trying to remember to stay on the left-hand side of the road. Needless to say, this first journey definitely was a great relationship test. Galway was our first destination, a lovely harbor city. Unfortunately, wewere absolutely exhausted by the time we arrived. We headed into town for dinner, where we moseyed into a lovely pub and had the most delicious beef and Guinness stew! I still have yet to try and recreate this amazing stew back home. After dinner, we went back to our Airbnb, laid down for a rest and ended up sleeping for over 12 hours. Travelling takes a lot out of you! Now we’re off again, journeying down to Killarney. On the way, we stop at the Cliffs of Moher; a beautiful set of sea cliffs, over 500 feet tall, with edges that dive straight into the ocean. Definitely, a must-see for any who are traveling to Ireland! On the way back to Dublin, we stopped at the Blarney Castle, and of course, to kiss the Blarney Stone! Blarney Castle was built back in 1446, and if you kiss the Blarney Stone, it is said to give you the “gift of gab”. As tourists, we obviously waited in the hour-long line, making our way to the top of the castle to kiss the stone. After our backs were stretched out, arching backward to get to the stone, we were on the road again back to Dublin. We had a wonderful time driving through Ireland’s beautiful countryside. The city of Edinburgh was our first stop on our tour through Scotland. Edinburgh has something for everyone, from touring its medieval Old Town to the beautiful Georgian New Town. In the heart of the city SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS with Melissa and Justin!

center is the Edinburgh Castle. A large fortress, built in the 12th century on a massive volcanic rock. We had a wonderful time touring this castle, spending over 4 hours exploring. Near the end of our visit, we hiked up Arthur’s Seat to see the sunset. With the sky turning a beautiful pink colour, it was definitely a lovely ending to an amazing visit. For the final stretch of our trip, we toured through the Scottish Highlands, stopping at Stirling Castle on our way. The Highlands are a mountainous region, full of quaint towns and villages. Throughout this journey, we toured the LochNess, with no signs of Nessy, stopped at a whisky distillery, and toured Balmoral Castle, the Royal Family’s holiday home. So many amazing memories of this wonderful trip! Ireland and Scotland are beautiful countries to visit, both with breath-taking scenery and filled with history. Definitely worth a visit! And remember, if there, you must try the Irish stew! Melissa

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