All I Want For Christmas

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Royal Scotsman

With just nine days to go until the big day, I realize that I haven’t told a soul what is on my list for this year.  Really, it’s quite a short, simple list. What I really want for Christmas is a journey on board the Royal Scotsman, a luxury charter train run by Orient-Express Hotels, Ltd.

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Royal Scotsman

Carrying a maximum of 36 passengers, the Royal Scotsman is kin to the fabled Orient Express, and provides the lucky few with a unique journey of a lifetime through the majestic Scottish countryside. Nine railcars make up the entire entourage:  two dining cars, five state cars, one crew car, and one observation car.

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Royal Scotsman
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Royal Scotsman
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Royal Scotsman

Simple enough and straight to the point, isn’t it? The only question Santa may have is exactly which excursion I would prefer.  Hmm…

The Grand North Western Journey includes the adorable western coastal village of Plockton where I ended a drive from Inverness many years ago.  Using a vibrant rainbow as a guide to my next destination, this delightful town was the pot of gold for the day.

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Plotkton, Scotland
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Attadale House and Gardens, Plokton

The Grand West Highland Journey goes to Inverness, and the heart of the rugged Scottish highlands.  A September journey would provide glimpses of purple heather blooming all along the route and leave me with a colorful memory of this very green country.

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Inverness Castle

The Classic Whisky Journey with the Scotch Malt Whisky Society sounds like a very Scottish thing to do.  With nearly one hundred active whisky distilleries, Scotland has a solid reputation as an expert in this field.

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Glenlivet Distillery

The Country Homes and Gardens Journey would take me to some of Scotland’s grand country estates with a garden writer and professional photographer on hand for good measure.  Historic manor homes and elegant gardens offer a peek inside a life that I think I may have lived once. I think I miss this familiar past life very much. So, yes, the Country Homes and Gardens Journey it is. This is the one, dear Santa.

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Foulis Castle, Invergordon
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Ballindalloch Castle, Moray
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Clan Donald Estate, Isle of Skye

Now that I have made my list known, I can sit back and wait to see if Santa comes through.  The anticipation is so exciting!
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Hi, I’m Dottie Reynolds, an interior designer, retail store owner, and outdoor living enthusiast. I love gardening, cooking, reading, travel, House Hunters International on HGTV, animals, entertaining, and spending as much time outside on my porch, deck, or patio as I possibly can. Outdoorlicious is the word that came to me when I created my blog in March, 2010. The word embodies the way I feel about the importance of outdoor living and the influence it has on the way we live our lives. The desire to be outside at some point in our day, whether at home, traveling, or for a brief respite during a busy workday, reveals the need to embrace this lifestyle at every opportunity. Anything that takes us outside, fulfills our needs, creates a memory, or allows us to have fun or relax, is fair game for my Outdoorlicious! blog.