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The Slippery, Soggy Search for Scottish Scarves

Updated on August 10, 2015
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Souvenirs from Scotland

We really enjoy traveling. Everywhere we go, we try to bring back a small, easy to pack memento of our trip. If we make an exceptional find, we bring back gifts.

I would be the first to admit that I wonder why anyone would want a souvenir gift from a vacation they did not get to enjoy. However, when we found 100% Pure New Wool Scarves in Scotland, we simply could not resist the temptation to purchase a few for Christmas gifts.

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How Our Trip Began

A couple of years ago, we joined a tour that included Scotland. That was the first time we had ever traveled with a group.

While the planning was easier for me, sticking to a schedule someone else had made was a bit challenging. We really like to be more flexible and allow our schedule or travel plans to change according to our personal interest once we arrive at our destination.

When Traveling, Do you Prefer to Make Your Own Itinerary or Do You Prefer to Travel with a Group? Please give us you opinion and tell us why you have a preference.

I Prefer to Make My Own Itinerary

I Prefer to Make My Own Itinerary

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  • MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

    I like to do whatever I decide.

  • ruaridhmcdonald 4 years ago

    I much prefer the flexibility of doing it all yourself. We always have a rough plan but know that it can change at any time if something pops up that is interesting. Makes holidays so much more enjoyable.

  • Jack-in-the-Box 5 years ago

    I make my own. I love to find out of the way places.

  • livingfrontiers 5 years ago

    I do my own research, and alot of it is on squidoo, before I go on any trip. You never want to be somewhere and miss out on the perfect unique restaurant or shop!

  • miaponzo 6 years ago

    I have done both and both are good, depending on what you do.. but I think I like to do it my way more. :)

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    I like to quietly wander at my own pace and enjoy the moment I'm in rather than what I need to see next.

  • Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

    Actually I like to just wander around. Sometimes I miss things I want to see, if the closing day falls on my visit, but often just through serendipity I find great things to see.

  • norma-holt 7 years ago

    I usually do my own thing because my interests are often different to groups.

  • HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

    We love to make our own itinerary. We make a plan and then change it constantly.

  • justholidays 7 years ago

    I prefer my own itinerary because I'm passionate by the history and thus I couldn't do without seeing some monuments that might not be on the Tour list...

    But I don't travel a lot mainly because I don't like to move from my home country.

  • Laniann 7 years ago

    You get to see what you want and move as fast or as slow as you desire.

  • JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

    We love to pick our own destinations. We feel more relaxed that way when we can be more independent.

  • Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

    I like to do my own thing. That way I can just relax over a cup of tea (or coffee) and watch the world go by whenever I feel the need. I'm not much for being told when to do what and where!

  • Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    I'd rather be a free spirit. I don't mind doing a bit of research first to figure out what I'd like to visit.

  • anonymous 7 years ago

    I like to make my own itinerary because the tours tend to skip some of the really neat little places

I Prefer to Let Someone Else Make the Plans

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  • jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

    In general, I let the "experts" do the planning.

  • CharlesG 6 years ago

    I prefer to travel with a group, I am not confortable exploring unknown places.

  • Sue Mah 7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    I do a bit of both. For some countries it is not advisable to go on your own. In the end I would like to have a safe and happy holiday

  • Brookelorren LM 7 years ago

    I like to do both, but often you can learn a lot more about the culture if you are with a group tour, especially if you are in a foreign country and you want to pack a lot into a short amount of time.

  • stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

    Most of the time I let other people make the plans. I guess, I'm more of a follower than a leader.


What Looked Like the Beginning to a Beautiful Day

We were headed to the Edinburgh Castle, which was up a long, steep hill, when I spotted this beautiful array of scarves in this quaint little shop. The pristine shop looked like it had the potential to contain a treasure trove of wonderful finds.

Since I did not wish to carry a package around the castle, I decided I would stop on my way back "down the hill". We enjoyed the castle tours so much that we stayed until they closed. The anticipation of returning to the cute, little store was great!

 This image is available from the National Library of Scotland  Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
This image is available from the National Library of Scotland Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons | Source

The Slippery, Soggy Search

Of course, it rained while we were visiting the castle and that hill had become a crowded, slick, steep mountain side. As we were sliding our way down the hill, I kept thinking we would have to reach that little shop soon. Then I could get out of the misting rain and leisurely shop for beautiful scarves and goodness knows what else I might find to purchase. At this point, I was still joyously anticipating a wonderful shopping expedition.

When we reached the bottom of the hill, I questioned "where was that ugly, tiny store". The realization that it was "only in my dreams" occurred to me as we trudged, against the crowd, halfway back up the hill in search of this elusive shopping paradise.

By now, I was tired, frustrated and hungry. We gave up the mission with the hope of "there's always tomorrow". When we arrived back at the hotel, I was beyond exhaustion. Then I looked at the trip itinerary. This was the moment of the proverbial "last straw".

Our group was scheduled to go to St. Andrews the next day. What I had in my mind before I read the details, was another excursion like the Edinburgh Castle. But no, that was not to be. St. Andrews was an hour bus ride away and we would not be returning to Edinburgh or our current hotel. The hysterics followed.

I really wanted those scarves! I needed, no had to have, at least 4 scarves. One for my mother, one for my daughter, one for my sister and one for my aunt. The murderous thoughts relating to our travel guide were numerous. I kept thinking of the beheading grounds in England and the dog cemetery at Edinburgh Castle.

Cemetery for Soldiers' Dogs at Edinburgh Castle

Cemetery for Soldiers' Dogs at Edinburgh Castle
Cemetery for Soldiers' Dogs at Edinburgh Castle | Source

Scurrying Not Sleeping?

It was a good thing my husband was on the trip to help calm the situation. In retrospect, I realize he was only trying to escape the small trap of our hotel room, but he offered to run out and purchase the desired scarves at whatever store he would find open. After all, he knew exactly what I wanted since I had previously chosen the colors through that dirty little window earlier that day. Upon my approval of his idea, he ran out the door.

An hour later, after scouring the area around our hotel for an open store, he returned empty handed with a new idea. He would wake up early, if I didn't kill him in the night, and renew the search.


Scottish Scarf Success!

While I was showering the next morning, and still putting off more steam than the faucet, my husband departed to begin the search again. By the time I had finished my makeup, he had returned with a sack of scarves in various colors for me to choose from and he planned to return the rest.

We kept them all!

After all, what if I realized I needed one for my mother-in-law too? We certainly did not want a repeat of the previous day.

Thus, not only did we bring home the 4 needed gifts, we were able to give one to just about everyone in the family because, bless his heart, he bought 24 scarves, 4 in every color.


As a side note, I let the tour guide live!

And no, I won't share my husband:-)

Thank you for stopping by!

Do Come Back and See Me Again!

~ Sylvestermouse ~

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      This story is hilarious. I'm so glad you got the scarves in the end. God bless your husband!

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      ruaridhmcdonald 4 years ago

      Yes and we exhausted just about every shop trying to find one that still had the item in stock!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh yes, I have. - Blessed by Squid Angel Tipi's sparkling of angel dust. :)

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I drive myself crazy trying to find the exactly right gift for someone or the exactly right dress for myself. OCD-- a little. I can relate to this.

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      livingfrontiers 5 years ago

      Yes, once we were searching for a wild rice present, and it got a bit stressful as you have described. Resulted in some good wild rice on a thanksgiving:) thanks for sharing!

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