Christine MacAllister

Lewes, DE

Christine, our Travel Coordinator, was able to travel with Tenon Tours for a personal trip to visit the beautiful counrty of Scotland! Read about her travels below:


What made you want to travel to Scotland?:

“In addition being of Scottish ancestry, seeing how amazing our clients’ trips to Scotland have been and hearing the excitement in my colleague’s voices when they speak about Scotland led me to pull the trigger and go myself.”

Who did you travel with?:
“I traveled with my momma!”

Where were the top 3 places to visit on your wish list? What did you think of them?:
“The top 3 places that I wanted to explore in Scotland were Edinburgh, Inverness, and Glasgow. I was fortunate enough to visit all 3 of these cities, and each one offered something a bit different from the last. Edinburgh was beautiful and filled with so much history that was reflected in its architecture. Inverness was much smaller but so incredibly charming and easy to navigate. Being in Inverness made me feel like a true Scot and did not feel touristy in the least. Glasgow was a bit more industrialized but also beautiful in its own right with the Necropolis and Glasgow Cathedral standing out the most.”


Tough question alert! What was the best part of your vacation?:
“The best part of my vacation was being able to drive off of the beaten path and explore some of the rugged Scottish countrysides in our car rental. The views were par to none and the ability to go as we pleased without being set to a schedule was perfect.”

How was it traveling with us as an employee and client?:
“As an employee of Tenon, I wanted to be able to experience firsthand what our clients experience when they travel with us. The level of knowledge and professionalism that my colleagues and our overseas partners showed me, as well the in-depth research put into my custom itinerary, made the booking through Tenon seamless and extremely unique. It was the perfect balance of having a loose schedule to follow but the freedom to modify as needed.”

Do you wish you prepared better for any specific part of the trip?:
“In hindsight, I wish I had done a bit more research regarding U.K. driving etiquette so that I would have been more prepared for simple things such as the left lane being the slow lane (oops!).”

Do you have any advice to offer up about the weather?:
“Layers, layers, and more layers! The afternoon sun can easily be offset by the chilly mornings and evenings and unexpected precipitation.”

Did travel insurance come in handy for you?:
“Fortunately, we did not need to utilize our travel insurance, but it was an added comfort knowing that if we needed it, it was available to us.”


Were you able to meet any friends on your journey?:
“My mom and I developed a great friendship with our B&B hosts in Inverness – so much so that my mom has sent them a Christmas card!”

What are your favorite souvenirs you brought home?:
“While in Inverness, I was given a scroll detailing my surname history and the history of my Scottish clan that has since been framed and is hung proudly on my wall. It’s a unique souvenir that I hope to pass along to my children in the future.”

How did you feel about driving on the “wrong” side of the road?:
“Driving on the “wrong” side of the road wasn’t as difficult to get used to as being seated on the “wrong” side of the car. It was an adjustment being able to look at the road ahead of me and not be too far to the left or right of the lane!”

What tips do you have for others planning a self-drive tour?:
“Take a deep breath and concentrate on the first hour of driving. After you’ve gotten through the first 60 minutes of culture shock, it will become second-nature!”

What destination is next on your list?:
“England!”

 

Learn more about Christine here!

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