As I have mentioned before, I quite simply love the country where my name comes from – Scotland!
I cannot imagine being so close and not going there while I am in the neighborhood! If it isn’t too much of an additional cost to fly from Paris or Amsterdam to Aberdeen, then I will add this next part of the trip. Besides, it’s already included in the count for the 100-day holiday!
First, stop Aberdeen to visit my dear cousin Lindsay, then south to Stirling once again, where the origins of the Frew name apparently reside. I want to visit the Fords of Frew and spend some time marveling at the William Wallace monument, which I only had time to see from a distance this past spring.
Then the road leads to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond to relax among the gorgeous scenery for a few days. Next, Inverary, a special place indeed with an ancestral castle to visit! Next stop the beautiful harbor town of Oban where I can catch a boat to the very ancient and unique Isle of Iona; Celtic Kings are buried at it’s Abbey.
I will travel south through Ayr, an absolutely beautiful area! I wonder if I could get another booking at Jackie’s place, Turas-Mura Guest House? If you’re ever in the area, I HIGHLY recommend you stay at this delightful and comfortable B&B. www.turasmara.com
Another area south of Ayr on the southwestern tip of Scotland is another that I only had time to drive through. I want to explore some other ancestral sites like Newton Stewart and Galloway Estate.
Looky there! Ireland is oh-so-close at this point! How about a ferry ride across the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland! I could visit with and get to know my new Frew friends (and possible relatives) a wee bit better. Didn’t have nearly enough time to barely scratch the surface the last time! I could also pick up the threads of discovery about my oldest known Frew ancestor, Sgt. John Frew, who was born and raised near Ballymena.
I sure love this part of planning – dreaming up what I want to do!
Anyone want to come along any portion of it with me?
Next, I’ll be working on lodging locations along the route from Amsterdam to Italy. Also will share with you an Amsterdam city map of the must see/must do details. Stay tuned!