Fair warning: this is going to be a photo heavy post!
Scottish countryside can be stark, but it is stunningly beautiful. On our second day in Scotland, our group had a walking tour of Edinburgh. Our guide — a warm and knowledgeable gent who looked stunning in his kilt, tweed jacket, and hat (but I sadly can’t recall his name now) — told us we were in the least beautiful part of Scotland. We scoffed. On our return to Edinburgh at the end of the trip I recalled his words and acknowledged to myself how right he was.
I expected that the weather would be cool and wet, but we enjoyed mostly clear weather and several days with bright blue skies.
This was a splurge vacation for me which featured luxury accommodations and fine dining. My friend A and I saved a bit of money by sharing a room, but it was still one of the mostly costly vacations I’ve ever taken. I think it was money well spent.
We covered a lot of territory in the 15 days we were there: Edinburgh, Lake of Menteith, Stirling, St. Andrews…
Inverness and its surrounds (including Loch Ness, Culloden Battlefield, and Clava Cairns)…
Isle of Skye…
with its fabled Black Cuillin mountains…
and lastly a charming country town in Argyll where I saw famous whirlpool, lots of local wildlife…
rode a small but sturdy horse up and down hills for many hours…
and may or may not have been assaulted by a spectral presence in the 16th century house at which we resided.
I would love to return to Scotland some day. Until then, I have many fond memories…and a small amount of whisky to enhance them.
Photo details. (To see larger photos or the entire set, just click on a photo and it will take you to the Flickr set.)
- Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith
- Castle Rednock, Port of Menteith
- West Sands, St. Andrews
- Leault Farm, Cairngorms
- Clava Cairns, outside Inverness
- Sligachan, Isle of Skye
- Portree, Isle of Skye
- Gulf of Corryvreckan, Argyll and Bute
- Cuillin Hills Hotel, Isle of Skye