Pack Your Bags: Jacobite Steam Train

Does a "Jacobite Steam Train" not sound completely dorky?

The answer is to the above question is:


It sounds like train carrying freight in librarians,
bearded men wearing cargo shorts and socks with sandals 
& young snotty-children clutching to obscure toys like rock collections.

I guess if you notice all the grey-hairs sitting around you on the train,
you'll realize your aging social life will sooner find you on an Alaskan cruise
than any bikini-clad summer pool parties reminiscent of MTV Spring Break in Panama City.

Then again, if I'm honest with the person I really am,
I probably feel much more comfortable over there anyway...

So it was no surprise that I was more than giddy to spend a morning on this train
working my way up through the hills of Scotland a few weeks ago.

Because while it may sound lamer than girl scouts without any cookies,
a trip on this old steam train is, actually, totally awesome.

Recognize this view?

It's the bridge that the Hogwarts Express goes over in Harry Potter.

All aboard!

PS. Scotland is really pretty.

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy


  1. That's stunning, I love the old carriages, can you believe I didn't know it existed? Yes, yes you can.

  2. oh scotland, i really do have such a love/hate relationship with you.

  3. Totally recognized that view. Watched Harry Potta last night, in fact!

    And seriously? I would never think of this as dorky! This is flippin' awesome!
    Thanks for sharing :)
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  4. Ahhh, you're killing me with the pics of Scotland. I want to visit so badly. I'm tagging these posts so that when I do make it there, I have some direction. Lovely.

  5. It is so beautiful, I wish I was there!

  6. I have that same photo of the bridge! So exciting. There is something about those green hills that just make me want to compose something brilliantly feels like it is exactly where you are suposed to be. I really hope you enjoy your time there, it is spectacular!

  7. Aaaah you had me at the Harry Potter train view!!

  8. I loved you and your blog before, but now? Now, I am ridiculously jealous of your adventures. (and Harry Potteresque photos)

  9. Does it make you feel better to know that MTV doesn't do Spring Break anymore anyway? They're more concerned about the pregnant teens than the bikini-clad ones. Just one of the many reasons why MTV is no longer something I watch. Anyway…I love this train! It looks so classic. Lovely photos, as always. And of you too!

  10. First off, you need to know you're gorgeous. Second off, wow is Scotland beautiful. The only time I have ever ridden a train is in Europe- and I agree, it's super fun!

  11. Ohhhh anything travel related makes my heart go a-pitter-patter!

    You are glowing in your photos beautiful girl!


  12. OMG I'd totally go fan crazy if I saw that exact same way in front of my eyes! hope you had a great time xx

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  14. You look adorable and that looks like SO much fun! I would like to ride one of those trains!

    Also, your photos are awesome! What did you use to take them?


  15. Beautiful photos! I like your boots! Thanks so much for your sweet comment :)

  16. Fantastic shots!! We saw the Glenfinnan Viaduct from the ground, but it was October so the steam train wasn't running. I'd LOVE to go on it, though! I adore Scotland- I seriously get heartsick hearing about it when I'm not there. Luckily, we're headed up for a short break to Oban and some of the smaller islands next week!

  17. These photos are beautiful!!

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  19. I'm nerdy enough and proud enough of it to admit that Harry Potter was my first thought when I saw your pictures. Beautiful!

  20. I too was going to make the Harry Potter comment at the first photo :) Love this & the fact that your idea of fun is right up there w/my idea of fun!

  21. Wow that is absolutely breathtaking! So beautiful! Definitely a train ride I would enjoy!

  22. What wonderful memories. I hope we can spend a long period of time in Scotland sometime!


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