Clan Cottages – Scotland
Sometimes things happen in such an amazing way, it is unprecedented. I loved the movie Brave Heart when I saw it, but I really never wanted to see it again because it broke my heart. After visiting the William Wallace Monument in Edinburgh and climbing all the way up the 250+ stairs, seeing the real sword that belonged to William Wallace, and over looking the city from the tower built to honor him, I reconsidered. I would definitely watch the movie again because it had become personal. I had been there in the Scottish Highlands, seen the people and lands that he loved and was willing to die for.
We were scheduled to stay in the Clan Cottages after having been to the William Wallace Monument on our first day in Scotland and after driving through the Scottish Highlands. I had always wanted to stay in a stone cottage with a thatched roof. Imagine my surprise when we pulled in to our new lodging for three days and it was exactly that! They were recently built, but in keeping with the landscape and the traditions.
What did we do that first night? Our tour guide had bought the movie Brave Heart and had it ready for us to watch, on a foggy evening at the foot of a rocky mountain, beside stream that lead to a Loch. It was mind boggling to be there, having heard the history or William Wallace, seen his actual huge broad sword, and the monument the people erected in his honor. It was almost as if we could step out the door and into that other place in another time.
The stay in the clan cottage was a joyous one. Beyond the Brave Heart experience, it was in a beautiful setting with sheep in the pastures, swans on the lake and sunsets on the loch that would steal your breath away.
Our stay at the Clan Cottage was one of my favorite parts of Scotland. From the photos, I hope the reasons are obvious. It was a place where I could walk at the end of the day or early in the morning before our day’s tour began and talk to God. I had many questions about why Scotland had been in my heart and prayers for so many years, and why I was there at that particular time. Scotland had just voted to remain part of the UK – such a parallel event in keeping with William Wallace’s struggle to free Scotland.
Many times among our destinations and activities I felt like the whole thing was a dream. God’s blessings in my life to bring the trip about were too many to number. I was sure I was there for a purpose more than to be a tourist and take photographs. I’m still asking God those questions about having been there, and every day probably for the rest of my life I’ll still be giving thanks for the journey.