Robert Schrader on the Scottish Isle of Skye

30 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit Scotland

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I never really knew my grandfather—my Dad’s dad, the original Robert Schrader. I spent the first decade of my conscious life across the country from him, and by the time we were all living in the same city again, he was deep in the throes of Parkinson’s Disease.

All I really remember about Grandpa is the image of him lying on his back, suspended somewhere between asleep and awake—and, I hope, between his dreams and the bleak reality of his later life. That, and a picture of him taken after he finished his World War II service.

“He flew over Scotland on his way back from Germany,” my grandmother often recounts to me, when we’re talking about trips I’ve recently taken. “He thought it looked so green and beautiful—he always said he wanted to go someday, but never did.

“Have you ever been to Scotland, Robert?” she’ll finish wistfully, almost as if she’s talking to her long-dead husband.

I typically shake my head, omitting the fact that I have indeed been to Scotland before—to Glasgow, for two days in 2005—mostly because I remember as little about my first trip there as I do about my grandfather.

When Grandma asked me this question again a couple weeks ago, however, I had a different answer.

“As a matter of fact,” I smiled subtly, not unlike Grandpa is his army portrait. “I’m headed there on Tuesday.”

Grandpa never gave any specifics about what he saw of Scotland from the air, aside from the aforementioned comment about its green color and beauty: He could just as easily have been flying over the outskirts of Edinburgh or Glasgow as the towering mountains of the Highlands or the enchanting coastlines of the Isle of Skye.

For all he knew, he could’ve been looking down at England, Wales or even Ireland and not realized it—without modern technology, I doubt passengers had any way of knowing exactly where their plane was.

Although many of my subsequent posts about Scotland will be of an informative nature, I wanted this one to honor not only my grandfather’s unfulfilled desire to visit Scotland, but the imagery that likely led him to that conclusion. 71 years after the end of the second World War, Robert Schrader has finally set foot upon the land of Scots—I hope these pictures inspire you to do the same.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

My trip to Scotland was made possible by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, who is supported by ETAG, The Scottish Government, VisitScotland, Edinburgh Festivals, Marketing Edinburgh, Rabbies Tours and co-creators Haggis Adventures. Created and produced by Unique Events. As always, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Bethaney January 11, 2016 at 11:50 am

Holy moly! Beautiful photos Robert! Packing my bags… 😉

jayneytravels January 11, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Incredible photos and a touching intro. So glad you made it to Scotland (properly) and it was lovely to meet you there.

Stella January 11, 2016 at 2:08 pm

I’ve never been to Scotland but it was always on my wishlist. So beautiful landscape!

Robert Schrader January 13, 2016 at 7:29 am

They’re amazing!

Robert Schrader January 13, 2016 at 7:30 am

i agree. Have a safe journey back to AUS!

Robert Schrader January 13, 2016 at 7:31 am

Aren’t your bags always packed? 😛

Bethaney January 13, 2016 at 10:58 am

Why yes they are! How convenient!

gusto travels February 1, 2016 at 2:28 am

stunning pictures. you are one lucky guy. you finally made it. I have personally not been there. but your pictures made me to consider it.

Emilia February 3, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Amazing pictures! Where exactly is all of this? I’m headed to Glasgow and Edinburgh next week and I’d LOVE to see some of these places

Robert Schrader February 7, 2016 at 7:09 pm

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Skye and the Highlands. The places in Edinburgh and Glasgow are pretty easy to spot 🙂

Robert Schrader February 8, 2016 at 8:12 am

Mission accomplished!

Miles of Happiness February 11, 2016 at 1:58 am

It’s always nice to come by your blog Rob! Love your pics of Scotland
xxx

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