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Stornoway Scotland - Our Sister City - Pendleton SC

Updated on December 6, 2015


Photo: Photo by Betty Martin and used with permission.
Photo: Photo by Betty Martin and used with permission.

Stornoway, Scotland and Pendleton SC - Sister Cities

My husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to join friends in being part of the 36 member Pendleton Delegation to go to Stornoway, Scotland for the official signing of the twinning charter. We had the time of our lives.On March 15, 2002 we joined the delegation of 36 Pendletonians to travel to Pendleton's Sister City in the Western Isles of Scotland. We boarded the bus at Pendleton Town Hall where we were given a Goodie Bag decorated with red, white and blue ribbon. As we pulled out of the parking lot, we were surprised to realize that the Police Cars and Fire Truck were there to escort us out of town. With sirens going, we made two laps around the Village Green waving goodbye to merchants, shoppers and friends who were waiving American Flags. We headed to the Atlanta Airport and this began a journey that we will never forget. Maybe we will get back there one day.I created a scrapbook and would like to share it with you here. Please continue to scroll and let me tell you about this wonderful trip. I sure appreciate your visiting and hope you enjoy it. You will need to give this page time to completely load because there are a lot of pictures. Thank you. Thank you.

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Stornoway Gazette Writes About the Sister Cities


What Does Being A "Sister City" Mean To Pendleton

Thank you Amber Barnes for this information

Building on a successful school partnership between Pendleton High School and the Nicholson Institutes in the Western Isles, the Town of Pendleton and Stornoway, Scotland expressed their willingness and desire, through their respective Councils, to twin and become sister cities. The partnership began with the signing of the official documents between the governments of the two communities.April 5, 2001, the Mayor of Pendleton, Carol Burdette, and the Convener of the Western Isles of Scotland, Alex McDonald, formally declared the twinning by signing the official documents. The ceremony was held on the Village Green in Pendleton.March 21, 2002, Convener MacDonald and Mayor Burdette signed the official documents at a ceremony held in Stornoway, Scotland.The leaders of both communities entered into the relationship with the hopes of sharing ideas and the exchange of citizens while fostering a greater friendship and understanding between the United States and the United Kingdom.It is the ultimate goal of this partnership to deepen friendship and mutual understanding through educational, cultural, industrial and economic exchanges.

1902 Print of Lews Castle in Stornoway - Just click poster to purchase or to browse around Amazon

Enjoy looking at the way things were back in the day.

Print 1902 Lews Castle Stornoway King Loch Leven Preussen 343M166
Print 1902 Lews Castle Stornoway King Loch Leven Preussen 343M166

A tree is planted to commemorate the first visit of the King and Queen to Lews Castle


Pendleton's Relationship With Stornoway Began Ten Years Prior To The Twinning - The Nicholson Institute and Pendleton High School exchanged students

The Nicholson Institute students are usually here during our big Spring Jubilee and perform for us on our historic Village Green. We look forward to seeing them each year and hope they will be in Pendleton again this year.Photo: Courtesy of Pendleton District Commission and Rhonda Newman

Back To Our Trip To Stornoway Scotland

We had a 6 hr 35 minute flight to Glasgow via Newark, N.J.

From Glasgow we took a bus to Edinburgh where we toured and shopped for 3 days before taking a 4 hour eventful ferry ride to Stornoway in the Western Isles of Scotland.In Edinburgh we stayed at the Ibis Motel and hung out at Garfunkels. On Sunday we went the morning church service at St. Giles Cathedral. After the service, we enjoyed a most interesting tour of the church.St. Giles Cathedral dates back to 1243 and is one of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh. It is said to have been founded by Alexaander I. The church was practically destroyed by Richard II of England. It is also famous for it's connection with John Knox as he was the first Protestant minister at St. Giles.Inside St. Giles, the Thistle Chapel was designed by Robert Lorimer in 1911 to house the Knights of the Thistle which is the most ancient and most Noble Order of the Thistle - the highest order of chivalry in Scotland.Photo: St. Giles Cathedral

Edinburgh Castle - Edinburgh Castle was very impressive

Next Stop - Ullapool, Scotland

We boarded the ferry to Stornoway

Little did we know what lay ahead................a long, miserable 4 hr Ferry Ride on rough waters. Many got sick and if my hubby had taken along his Doctor's Bag we probably could have paid for our trip.When we arrived in Stornoway all our troubles faded away as we were met by Dignitaries, a Bag Piper, and our Host Families. It was a very warm welcome and typical for the Scottish hospitality that we enjoyed over the next several days.We stayed at Fernlea, a Bed & Breakfast owned by Maureen Macmillan. We became good friends and they visited us the next fall in Pendleton. They enjoyed seeing the sights in South Carolina and especially enjoyed going to a Clemson Football Game.

Touring Stornoway Scotland - Stornoway offered much for us to see and do.

We visited the Stornoway Castle. James Matheson made his fortune in the British opium trade of the 1830's and spent much of his drug money on shipping soil and plants to Lewis to create the proper setting for his castle. He also spent a great deal of his money helping the island's inhabitants through the famines of the 19th century. It had one more owner- Lord Leverhulme - before being given to the people of Stornoway. It was used as a Naval Hospital and then became the home of Lewis Castle College.Note: This is information that I had written in my scrapbook and I believe it came from a tourist brochure.Pendleton SC is 4 miles from Clemson University and it is tradition for traveling Clemson fans to have their pictures holding their Tiger Rag. Here we are with friends holding our Tiger Rags in front of the castle. The picture was later in an edition of the Orange and White Newspaper

Clemson University Official Website - Learn more about this school behind the Tiger Rag

My husband is an avid Clemson Tiger fan and we all enjoy cheering on our Tiger Team every chance we get.

South Carolina Flag and Isle of Lewis Flag - Fly alongside each other at Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar

We were invited to lunch here and were each given a bag of goodies consisting of a pen, coaster, celtic design pin and a date book.

Gearrannan Black House Village - We met a man who was still living in a blackhouse

The typical Gearrannan Black House was a long, rectangular building 40 - 50 feet in length, with an interior width of 10 to 12 feet. All the corners in the outside walls were rounded, and great care was taken to insure that the outer walls which were of undressed stone, had a slight slant to allow the rain to drip off and not seep into the interior. The thatched roof was a fundamental characteristic of the black house.Of course, here we are again with our Tiger Rags! Do I look cold? I was freezing and stayed cold the whole time we were in Scotland but then that is not too unusual for me.Note: This information also came from a Tourist flyer.

A Visit to Harris Tweed Mill

Very interesting tour which included lunch in Rodel Hotel

All of us wanted to get a Harris Tweed jacket or cap and it was so interesting to see how it was actually made.We got a Harris Tweed cap for my hubby and our son. We wanted to get our daughter a scarf but could not find one like we were looking for.Harris Tweed has been around for a long time and I hope it stays.

St. Clements Church - at Rodel on the Isle of Harris

St. Clements Church was built in the late 15th century for the Chiefs of the the MacLeods of Harris. The 8th chief prepared a tomb for himself which is said to be the finest medaeval wall tomb in Scotland.One of the delegates who also serves on Pendleton Town Council, Sandra Gantt, really stirred emotion when she began singing Amazing Grace.

Ceilidh Dance - Nicholson Assembly Hall

According to Wikipedia, Cedilidh is a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing. It originated in Ireland.

The students demonstrated how to dance the Ceilidh - They tried to teach some of us

The Callanish Stones - Isle of Lewis

I could have stayed all day studying the Callanish Stones. I found them fascinating. According to the tour brochure, these stones date back over 4,000 years. The Callanish Stones rank second in terms of importance only to Stonehenge. Callanish was thought to record movements of the moon whereas Stonehenge records movements of the sun.

The Official Twinning Ceremony - Seulachadh Foirmeil

We had performed the first part of the Twinning the previous year on the Village Green in Pendleton South Carolina. Now we were ready to complete the ceremony in Stornoway so that we will forever be Sister Cities.

The program for the Twinning Ceremony between Pendleton SC and Stornoway Scotland

Led by The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

The ceremony was held at the Stornoway Town Hall on Friday, March 22, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. and was followed by a delicious buffet at the Lews Castle College. We felt very special being a part of this historic event.Photo: Our Heather Corsages that we were given to wear.

The 36 Member Pendleton Delegation - This is the delegation that traveled to Stornoway Scotland in 2002

We were so honored to be a part of this fantastic group of people.

Once we returned to Pendleton SC, we began making plans for a Sister City Park - The park flies both flags

On April 9, 2007, The Pendleton Delegation dedicated a park in honor of our Sister City. The Sister City Park is located by Liberty Hall Inn on S. Mechanic Street.

Sister City Park gets a Scarecrow for the 2012 Scarecrow Contest - Thanks to Jo and Pete McConnell

Sister City Park Scarecrow
Sister City Park Scarecrow

Meet Betty Martin, my Email Friend

Betty lives in Stornoway

Betty moved to Stornoway and noticed the Sister City sign. She got on the Internet to try to find out something about Stornoway's Sister City, Pendleton SC and came across my Pendleton Old Photos lens and left a nice comment. We began to email and she has been so kind to share some of her great photos with us.This is a recent note from Betty:Thanks Nancy for sending this link, what great comments about Scotland & Stornoway in particular. I am married to a Stornoway man and visited on holiday most years over the last 45 years and never dreamed I would actually live here, however, last year we packed up and moved here and I just love it. A totally different way of life to that we had on the mainland and better in every way. So glad we did it. If anyone would like more photo's of the place please get in touch. regards to all from Stornoway.

Stornoway Photo Gallery by Betty Martin - Hope you enjoy the slideshow

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      RaintreeAnnie 2 years ago from UK

      What a wonderful trip you had ! I have been to Scotland-St Andrews,Edinburgh, but not to Stornaway. You took some really lovely photos as well :) Glad you enjoyed it.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      What a great trip! We've only been to Scotland once, and that was along the border and up into Edinburgh. Never got as far north as the isles...

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      Kate Fereday Eshete 4 years ago from Ethiopia

      I've just published a lens about Finlay J Macdonald's autobiography. He was a Harris man, so I included some information about Harris and neighbouring Lewis. It's been great to read about the twinning of Stornoway and Pendleton. I notice you visited the Gearrannan Black House Village. I stayed at the hostel there for a couple of nights during my brief tour of Lewis and Harris in July 2010. On my lens there's a sketch I did of the beautiful pebbles on Gearrannan beach. Anyway, thanks for a very informative lens.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      What a great experience you had! I've been to Glasgow and Edinburgh but not Stornoway... next time :)

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      Cara 4 years ago

      This lens is fantastic! You look as if you had a great time and I love your Ceilidh photographs. Nothing like a good Ceilidh to bring everyone together!

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      sittonbull 5 years ago

      Great to revisit this lens and it gets me McPhail blood feelin' proud... it does! Wish I couda ben on the trip ... I do! It's on me bucket list to make it the next time 'round! :) BTW just had a nice visit from a Scottish Lass, "CaraShops", to my Gird lens and our Learning lens ;) I'm sending her the link for this lens and her's is

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      My father is Scottish and it was his father who emigrated from Scotland to make Canada his home. I have never visited Scotland though and am quite envious of your opportunity to visit there.

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I'm so glad you enjoyed my homeland :)

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      Being able to go there means a lot more than just knowing about your sister city. I'll bet you had fun.

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      Sherry Venegas 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I know you will remember this trip to Scotland for a long time. It is so much fun to go faraway with so many friends.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a great lens! I have hosted guests in Pendleton from Stornoway and fell in love with them. Can't wait to go there myself!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      I remember that beautiful event so I come back with great pleasure to this lens and spread Angel Dust...

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thanks so much for sharing your story. I hope you do go to Stornoway

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this story

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was helping move my son back from Clemson, SC to York when we passed the Stornoway Sister City sign. I just caught a glimpse so I didn't know what it said. I have been researching my fathers side of the family and my great great grandfather was born in Stornoway (his father also). One day I plan to visit as that is the last link I have of information so it will be my first place to start! After reading and seeing the pictures, I'm very excited to plan my trip. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Linda Jo Martin 6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      That looks like so much fun! What a great way to make new friends...

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      What a great scrapbook and it turned into such a beautiful lens. The standing stones are awesome. I can feel the energy from here.

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      Loved all the photos!

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Great account of a memorable expedition.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Lovely memories. I want to go to Scotland again and stay in a cottage so I can wander around for weeks and weeks. Your trip is well-documented here and I enjoyed it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice lens put together of my beautiful homeland.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great pics I must get there one day, my father immigrated as a lad in 1924,and no one has been back. Has anyone heard of Habost Lochs?

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      reasonablerobby 7 years ago

      What a great lens. I live in the UK and have never been to Stornoway, and I intend to go soon. If you readers are heading to Scotland they might seekout The Electric Brae too its in Ayrshire and near a place Dwight D Eisenhower stayed in WW2

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 7 years ago

      Despite having an old Universty flat-mate (and still great friend today) from Stornoway, I'm ashamed to say I've never made it over to Lewis. One day. Glad to see you enjoyed your trip to Scotland!

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      Tobbie LM 7 years ago

      What a great chance to see another part of the world. Another well presented Lens!

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      jolou 7 years ago

      Another beautiful lens with great photos and stories. Sounds like you had a wonderful adventure!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh my, what a wonderful lens Nancy. Thank you for making this and taking us all along to enjoy the wonderful times. You sure do know how to have fun and enjoy life!

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Hoots mon, it's a nae brae moonlight night? Glad you had such a lovely time. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      I am so glad you came to Scotland, It is my dream to eventually move to the isles...The photos of the sea and the rainbow are stunning, and I bet you had a great time with the highland dancing! Super Article

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      Thank you for letting me go with you on your trip. I really enjoyed it and would like to take in person someday.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      I came back to leave an *~*~ Angel Blessing ~*~* on this wonderful lens about your trip to Stornoway. I'm sending it on a cool Scottish breeze (but with warm Scottish wishes)!

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      gregtate 8 years ago

      It reminds me of the childhood! Great lens 5/5 from me.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a beautiful place Stornoway Scotland is! The pictures are really a delight to see. Thank you for sharing your tip with us. Love that Thistle border! You are so talented!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great Scot, what a wonderful lens. Thank you from a Scot.

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      Indigo Janson 8 years ago from UK

      This is just amazing, I love it. Can't believe I have not visited your Stornoway lens before. I really enjoyed seeing your scrapbook and reading about all your adventures. I'll definitely lensroll back to All About Scotland but would also like to feature your lens!

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      What a great diary of your travels you have shared with us. Thank you!

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      Nobody 8 years ago from UK

      I have never been to Stornoway, but I hope to go one day. Excellent lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi! I enjoyed visiting your page, reading about Pendleton and about your visit to Stornoway. I'm originally hail from Tong, about 4miles outside Stornoway, now living in Glasgow. Here's my webpages should you care to visit... BlessJimmy

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Dear Nancy, You have done it again!! What a great lens and what a joy to review that wonderful trip and all the great friends we made. Here and in Scotland. I never get enough of that beautiful country and friendly people. We need to make sure all our friends in Stornoway see this. Thanks again, Nancy, for all the great work you do for our town. Keep the good work up!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thanks Nancy for sending this link, what great comments about Scotland & Stornoway in particular. I am married to a Stornoway man and visited on holiday most years over the last 45 years and never dreamed I would actually live here, however, last year we packed up and moved here and I just love it. A totally different way of life to that we had on the mainland and better in every way. So glad we did it. If anyone would like more photo's of the place please get in touch. regards to all from Stornoway.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you so much for doing this site. I have recently started collecting my husband's family history, his grandmother was a Nicholson from Stornoway. We plan on coming to your Spring Jubilee 2010 in hopes of meeting people from Stornoway. You have given us the bug to go to Scotland.

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      You've been to Scotland! How lucky you are, it's a place I'd love to visit. I almost got to live in England just below Scotland, but it didn't work out. I was so disappointed. Thanks for the lensrolls, and right back at ya!

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      FunGifts4All 8 years ago

      Very nice lens. Haven't been to Scottland, but would love to. Someday. I've lensrolled this lens to my Scottish Highland Games lens. Great work 5*'s

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      papawu 8 years ago

      Och lassie, I am a jealous fellow indeed. I have been wanting to visit Scotland for the longest time. I'll get there one day. Beautiful lens on a beautiful place.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nancy,The lens about our sister city relationship with the Western Isles of Scotland is one of your best. I enjoyed it as I read, and it brought back such wonderful memories of my trips there. I can hardly wait for the next trip our community members make across to see our friends on the other side of the ocean!!Carol

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Looks like you had a wonderful trip! Scotland is beautiful. Great photos too :) 5*s

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      Ohme gosh! Gets me Scotch-Irish blood runnin' fast it does! This is no ordinary scrapbook... but then there is nothing ordinary about our Ohme! Wish I had been there for this 5* favorite!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Lensrolled this morning to Scotland Golf - how interesting that we sisters made two lenses on Scotland at almost the same time! (and honestly we did not realize it! :)

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This lens looks great. Very nice story and photos. What a wonderful trip.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens- felt like I was visiting Scotland again. This was a great trip.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Oh, a great lens, Nan! You are so good about keeping scrapbooks and photos. These are not only special memories for you, Jim and all the travelers but a beautifully recorded, significant part of Pendleton history. Thanks for sharing the treasures. b.

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      Michey LM 8 years ago

      Hi! I cannot believe you are talking about other city - but being sister with Pendleton, I take it - just teasing you Nancy! I noticed the beautiful Gothic Cathedral in Edinburgh, the Castles, it really was a great trip. Thanks Michey

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I knew about your trip but I had never seen your scrapbook. It is just GRAND! Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      What an awesome opportunity! I'm jealous--have wanted to go to Scotland ever since I first saw "Local Hero" and haven't made it past northern England yet [ blame that good beer! ;) ]. Love the scrapbook feel of this lens. 5***** and featured on my Paris lens.

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      Scotland has always been on my list of places I have to see! This is beautiful! Of course I may have to stop in SC and grab a friend to go with me!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nancy, This is amazing!! The photos are wonderful and I had no idea Pendleton had done this. I didn't know you COULD do this!! So interesting! And I love the stamp were is perfect!! And I envy you the trip to Scotland!

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      Scotland is such a beautiful place. You look as though you had a great time!

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      seashell2 8 years ago

      Lovely colorful lens... enjoyed it... my mom was born in Scotland! :-) Would be nice to visit there someday!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      OMG, Nancy! Beautiful lens! I'm half Scottish and really want to go to Scotland, now even more! 5*, at least!

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      What a blast, Nancy. Love the photographs! Would love to go to Scotland.

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      These are awesome photos!

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Lovely lens ~ what a wonderful blessing to be able to go with a group like that. Scotland is on my wish list for sure; it's beautiful :o)

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      What a wonderful trip! I enjoyed your scrapbook photos especially!

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      Mountainside-Crochet 8 years ago

      Ohme, a fascinating travel lens about Pendleton's Sister City in Scotland. Besides being a new resident in Pendleton, SC, my ancestors are originally from Scotland, so I found this lens particularly interesting. I didn't know you had had the opportunity to visit Stornaway, Scotland. You'll have to tell me more about it one day. 5*