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    Celebrating Christmas in Edinburgh and Hogmanay near Glencoe!!!

    Never did I dream that one day we could be in Edinburgh for Christmas and in the neighbourhood of Glencoe to celebrate Hogmanay!  Many thanks to our dear children and family who have made this dream come true and have offered us an absolutely wonderful trip to Scotland for my birthday… nothing could have made me more happy than this journey so lovingly imagined and organized by our very gifted and kind daughter and the whole team of accomplices she had gathered round her ! Scotland in winter, misty Scotland, maybe “Alba sous un blanc manteau” as wrote Nathalie on her birthday card… Que du bonheur!

    Our bags are packed now and we look forward to being back again in Scotland!  It will be our 9th journey there and,we’re ready to share with you, dear readers, everything about our new Scottish adventures !

    Below, I give you an overview of the upcoming trip which will begin… today!

    Ye Olde Christmas 145 Canongate Edinburgh © 2012 Scotiana

    Ye Olde Christmas 145 Canongate Edinburgh © 2012 Scotiana

    • 12-14 December 2019 Edinburgh
    • 14-17 December 2019 Paisley  
    • 17-20 December 2019 Thirlestane Castle. That’s the enchanting place where Iain and Margaret have chosen to invite us !!! It will be the other great surprise of our Scottish journey and no doubt a very moving moment! We are looking forward to meeting our dear friends for we have not seen them for a long time!
    • 20-21 December 2019 North Berwick. We are going back to Edinburgh on 21 December to fetch our son Jean-Christophe who arrives at 11 a.m at the airport. He will spend a few days with us.
    • 21-24 December 2019 Stirling
    • 24-26 December 2019 Edinburgh – For Christmas a visit to the Botanic Gardens and  réveillon at The Scran & Scallie
    • 26-27 December 2019 Perth  (departure of Jean-Christophe at 17:00)
    • 27-30 December 2019 Oban
    Clach-a-Charra_-_Onich_-_geograph.org.uk_-_10167

    Clach-a-Charra_-_Onich_-_geograph.org.uk_-_10167

    • 30-31 December 2019 Onich: a village on the east shore of Loch Linnhe, not far from the little ferry of Corran and at the entrance to Loch Leven. In this magical place, we’ll celebrate Hogmanay.
    • 01-02 January 2020 Onich
    • 02-04 January 2020 Portree
    • 04-07 January 2020 Ullapool
    • 07-09 January 2020 Aviemore
    • 09-10 January 2020 Dundee
    • 10-11 January 2020 Edinburgh  (it’s much too soon to leave!)

     

    Beatrix Potter Garden in Dunkeld - Scotland

    Beatrix Potter Garden in Dunkeld – Scotland

     

    The mascotts are ready but they will miss their Canadian friends and  we will all miss Janice though we know she is already anticipating our next journey in Scotland, the 10th ;-). Indeed, we will keep in touch with you Janice ! .

    Time flies ! I must stop writing now for we are leaving soon (after a short, very short night). In fact, we’ll  be in Scotland in only a few hours.

    We wish you all our best wishes for the end-of-year festivities and the New Year 2020…

    Á bientôt from Scotland !

    Mairiuna

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