Eurotrip Day 10: Scottish Family Heritage and Double Rainbows

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This post is part of our Eurotrip Series.  You can find the rest of the series here.

Day 10 was a day of great personal significance to me.  My maternal ancestors are from Scotland, and they lived in the small, central town, which bears the family name:  Moffat.  My grandfather traveled to Moffat a few times during his life to march in parades and celebrate his Scottish heritage.  I really enjoyed being able to visit my ancestral home, before spending the evening in Glasgow.


  • Adventures – Write-ups of the activities we enjoyed during our visit.
  • Hotel Spotlight – Where we stayed and our review of the accommodations.

Adventures

Day 10 Map

Moffat, Scotland

After finishing up breakfast in Edinburgh, we picked up the rental car and drove south towards the Scottish Borders to visit the small town of Moffat.  We took the obligatory picture with the “Welcome to Moffat” sign and then parked downtown.  Walking around downtown, we discovered the Moffat Heritage Museum.  Unfortunately, it was closed during the one day of the week we were in town.  Major bummer!

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We explored the town cemetery, looking for any possible graves of the Moffat Clan – which we finally found after searching the ENTIRE place!  It was surreal to think that these stones marked the graves of the very first members of my family.  Then we walked over to the Moffat Woollen Mill, the town’s main “tourist attraction.”  It was basically a collection of gift shops, scotch shops, and a cafe in an old mill building.  The Mill also had some old kilt-making equipment in the back.  The last thing we did was walk down High Street, where my grandfather marched in a Scottish parade 23 years ago.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – Glasgow

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow was our next stop.  We had a little over an hour to briefly run through some of the exhibits, but we thought the museum was fantastic.  Also, admission is always FREE!  Some of the well-known exhibits and paintings we enjoyed included the following:

  • Impressionist paintings by Monet, Renoir, Picasso, and Van Gogh
  • Salvador Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross
  • Ancient Egyptian coffin and skeleton of Nakht

Upon leaving the museum, we ventured across the street to BrewDog Glasgow to escape the rain.  This was just a taproom of the well-known Scottish brewery.  The actual brewery is located in Ellon, just north of Aberdeen, Scotland.  After sampling a few of the local favorites, we looked out the window and saw our second double rainbow of the week (see above)!  This was another of our favorite pictures taken during the trip.


“Hotel” Spotlight

Overnight Megabus

See transportation from Day 11… This was quite an experience!


Conclusion

Moffat held sentimental value to me and was a very important stop on our trip.  However, I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to visit as a tourist.  On the other other hand, the Kelvingrove is a must-visit, free attraction for anyone visiting Glasgow.  For craft beer enthusiasts, Brewdog Pub offers the most interesting array of beers we found in Scotland.

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