Visit from Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad came to visit me April 19-25. It was their first time overseas and Mom's first time flying. I enjoyed showing them around Dalkeith and Edinburgh and we had some fun adventures!

I met them at the airport just after noon on Thursday 19 April and we took the bus back to Dalkeith. That night was Host Family Quiz Night, so they got to meet my host parents and our team took second place! After a day of flying and being jet-lagged it was then off to bed for them.

Chelsea, Virgina, Steve, Mom, and Dad
Friday, we joined the rest of the house on a trip to Bowhill and Melrose. Bowhill Estate is the seat of the Buccleuch Family (if you remember, the Duke of Buccleuch owns Dalkeith House). A lot of the original furniture from Dalkeith House is now in Bowhill. After touring the Duke's Estate, we stopped at Melrose Abbey and explored the ruins. Our final stop was Scott's View, where we could see for miles and adore the Scottish landscape.

Scott's View


On Saturday we took a day tour to Loch Ness! We stopped in Dunkeld and drove into the Highlands before reaching Fort Augustus where we took a cruise on Loch Ness. We learned about the Loch itself and about good 'ole Nessie. We made a quick stop at Inverlochy Castle before driving through Glencoe, a beautiful mountainous region. It was such a beautiful day that we stopped in Glencoe to admire the scenery. We even got a picture with our tour guide, Duncan. We made another stop to see Hamish, the Highland Hairy Coo, and then a quick photo stop at Doune Castle before getting back to Edinburgh that night.

On Sunday, I unfortunately had to finish some homework, so Mom and Dad explored the 800 acres of Estate surrounding the Palace.

Monday was a full day in Edinburgh! Dad and I climbed to the top of the Scott Monument (287 steps) and got a 360 view of the city. The three of us then shopped our way to Edinburgh Castle. After exploring the Castle, it was off the Zoo! We of course saw lots of animals at the zoo, my favorites being zebras, a koala, and pandas! Edinburgh zoo just got two pandas in February and they are so popular we had to book a time slot to see them at least a day in advance.

I had to go to classes on Tuesday, so Mom and Dad went on their own into Edinburgh. They took a bus tour of some of the city highlights and visited the Royal Botanical Gardens. After supper, however, I met them at Mayson's, a traditional Scottish pub in Dalkeith.


Wednesday morning I went with them to the airport for their flight back home. The time they were here went by fast and it was sad to say goodbye, but in just a couple weeks I too will be leaving Scotland and meeting them in an airport again.





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