Last week my family took a road trip to Scotland. My husband and I loaded up our mini van with all 4 kiddos and the dog and ALL the snacks. The first day we drove to Berwick Upon Tweed on the England/Scotland border. This town has changed which side of the border it is on several times over the years. This bridge is called the border bridge and still carries a train across the river every day. The town was not as beautiful as some we have visited, but there was a very nice path next to the river that we were able to take back to our AirBnB.
The next day we drove into Scotland to our AirBnB in Laggan, Scotland. The weather seemed to cloud over and the rain started as we made our way across the border to Scotland. Thankfully we came prepared for a proper Scottish summer with rain jackets and wellie boots for everyone.
Once we got to Laggan we had a little bit of time to kill before our place was ready. Our host had provided us with an extensive list of things to do in the area and we decided to try out the Highland Folk Museum. When we pulled up and the kids saw this playground after 2 days in the car they were super excited. Entry was free with a request of a donation. An interesting thing here was that dogs were not allowed in the museum/park, but they did have a small fenced off area that we could leave our dog. We also left our name and number with the admissions desk so if there was a problem they could contact us. It is very interesting to see the solutions to problems in less populated and rural settings. This part of Scotland reminded me a lot of my early years in Norther Maine.
The Highland Folk Museum had a very charming little school house complete with headmistress, fountain pens and chalk boards. The headmistress filled us in on the expectations and rules for this school house while we all practiced our penmanship.
Malachi was not sure what to think about all the rules.
I was distracted by all of the vintage treasures littered around the room. The stoneware jugs and enamelware are all favorites of mine. I love seeing them in their natural habitat.
This case in the tailor’s shop was intriguing. I have bought and sold so many vintage notions like this. I love how they are displayed in the case.
There was a beautiful walk through the woods and then we were in a highland village from the 1730s.
The pig pen with their curly little tails were fun for the kids to see.
Jon loves the mountains like I love the beach so he was very much in his happy place.
Look at that little Highlander.
Bennett wanted absolutely nothing to do with wearing a ‘skirt’.
This vintage house was a complete source of inspiration for me.
It was very interesting to see all of these items in place with their intended use in mind.
I could have moved into this vintage bedroom, except maybe for the lack of closet space.
This view says a lot about Scotland to me. The old and the new side by side is what we saw so much of during our time in the Highlands.
All this and we had only been in Scotland for a few hours. If you ever find yourself in the Highlands of Scotland and would like to know more about the history and culture of the area I would definitely recommend the Folk Museum. This was the best cultural experience we had during the rest of our vacation.