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Jakub explores Scotland!

Jakub in their Scottish home for the week!

“ After such a fun filled trip, Jakub and his family will have memories to last a lifetime! ”

Jakub’s wish to go to Scotland was granted in May 2017! He was joined by his mother, Elaine, grandmother, Cindy, and little brother, Kyle. They began their adventures with a limousine ride to the airport, and it was off to Scotland from there! The first stop was Fort William, Scotland, where they stayed in the village of Banavie with beautiful views of the landscape. The hosts there had filled Jakub’s Air B&B with Harry Potter themed items – just in time for his Harry Potter tours! While in Fort William, the family visited the Grog and Gruel Traditional Alehouse where JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter. From there, they boarded the actual train used in the Harry Potter movies – as “The Hogwarts Express” – which begins there, taking them across the Glenfinnian viaduct, a historical site also featured prominently in the Harry Potter films! The “Hogwarts Express” is really a vintage steam train, appropriately called “The Jacobite”.

Their stops included exploring the grounds of Stirling Castle, followed by a trip to the Glasgow Science Centre, where Jakub got to explore a world of science – which just happens to be his favorite subject in school! Next on the list was Castle Urquhart, which was made complete with a guided cruise on Loch Ness where they even spotted Nessy, the Loch Ness monster. On their way to the Highland Games, they explored the historical Blair Castle and Gardens in the Scottish Highlands.

Jakub and his family finished up the wish trip with a wonderful time at the Highland Games, which take place from Cowal to Tomintoul. They saw all variations of Gaelic and Celtic traditional competitions including dancing, tug-o-war, piping, track and field events, the hammer toss and tossing the caber. After such a fun filled trip, Jakub and his family will have memories to last a lifetime!

  • Jakub and Kyle exploring the Glasgow Science Center.

  • Jakub and his mom, Elaine, taking off for Scotland!

  • Jakub, Kyle and Cindy pose in front of Castle Urquhart and Loch Ness.

  • Tour cruise of Loch Ness!

  • Jakub, Kyle and mom, Elaine, pose on Loch Ness!

  • Inchree store on the grounds of Stirling Castle.

  • Jakub in front of The Grog & Gruel-Traditional Alehouse & Restaurant, in Fort William, Scotland. This is where J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter series!

  • Jakub boarded the Hogwarts Express, which is also known as The Jacobite!

  • Jakub, Kyle and two new friends from the Glasgow Science Center.

  • The view of Loch Ness from the castle!

  • Jakub, Kyle, and their mom explore Gardens in The Scottish Highlands!

  • Jakub's hosts set him up in true Harry Potter fashion- he is ready to ride the Hogwarts Train!

  • Jakub, Kyle and grandmother, Cindy, all pose outside of Stirling Castle.

  • Jakub and family exploring the grounds of Stirling Castle.

  • View from inside Castle Urquahart!

  • Jakub, mom and Kyle pose in front of Castle Urquhart and Loch Ness.

  • The family explores the gardens that surround Blair Castle!

  • Jakub and Kyle became friends with two competitors in The Highland Games, which are held in the spring and summer to celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture.

  • This train from the Harry Potter films is really a vintage steam train called "The Jacobite". It runs from Fort William in the Scottish Highlands to Mallaig, a small fishing village on Scotland's Western Coast.

  • Jakub explores The Scottish Highlands including the festival grounds!

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