This post was most recently updated on August 9th, 2017
Scotland was never on my list of top destinations. In fact, it was a trip to London that finally convinced me to visit this nearby country. I had seen beautiful photos online of castles in ruin, green valleys, and lakes of glass; I decided since I’d already made the long journey across the pond, I might as well hop on over to Scotland. Who knew I would fall in love with it so quickly?! The vast landscapes, deep history, and warm culture engulfed me as I explored the wonderful Highlands of Scotland!
I started my trip by visiting the Isle of Skye, one of the many isles off the north-west coast of Scotland. Green grass covered almost every inch of terrain, with crystal blue lochs and rugged sea cliffs adding interest to the view! Add in miles of endless skylines, cloudy horizons, and dramatic sunsets and you are well on your way to imagining a Scottish vista.
The history of Scotland can easily be traced back through the many castles that dot the countryside! From century-old ruins to majestic castles restored to their former glory, there is always something to explore. The two working castles we toured included Dunvegan (on the Isle of Skye) and Eilean Donan (on mainland Scotland); both were well worth the time and money to tour! We learned so much about the history of the clans that lived in the nearby communities, heard stories about war and honor, and saw what life might have looked like for the nobles living there. Even the castle ruins held secrets of power, war, and mystery within their stone walls.
One of the first pit stops we made while in Scotland was to Strome Castle, a two hundred year old castle ruin near the Isle of Skye. My husband and I stepped out of our car and were immediately greeted by a large black dog who we figured must belong to one of the nearby residents. But, the dog was much more than a neighborhood pet; he proceeded to run ahead a bit at a time, guiding us along the path towards the ruins. We enjoyed exploring the castle under the careful watch of this dog, and then when we were through, he very courteously led us back to our car. This animal encounter became one of our favorite memories from our time in Scotland.
Along with this experience, we saw many other animals: rams, horses, sheep, and highland cows. It was always fun to see little lambs scampering around on the green hills, or make way for the sheep crossing the roads as we drove along. And, the highland cows were quite a sight, although their size was a bit intimidating!
Delicious Comfort Food
All the food we had in Scotland was scrumptious! We gorged on tender meat and creamy mashed potatoes, hearty English breakfasts, and homemade desserts that warmed my soul! Our most notable meals were the homemade meat pies we bought from Skye Pie Cafe (on the eastern side of the Isle of Skye), as well as Lamb Rump from Glenorchy Lodge & Restaurant (in Dalmally, Scotland). Delicious!
Of course, visiting Scotland wouldn’t be complete without learning to drive on the wrong side of the road! My husband and I both took our turn behind the wheel as we meandered through valleys, over mountains, and around herds of sheep. In spite of driving on the left side of the road and giving way to oncoming traffic during passing zones, it was not difficult to navigate this beautiful country; we quickly became pros! Plus, the road signs we found along our journey provided us with plenty of good laughs.
The Most Beautiful Place on Earth
Even though I only spent four days in the Scottish Highlands, I saw and explored so much! The memories I made during that time will stay with me always. And, thanks to one of our fellow travelers and Drone Cinematographer, Chris Newman, many of those memories are featured in his epic video, Majestic Scotland; now I don’t have to leave the comfort of my home to relive my time in Scotland.
Chris is the owner of CineChopper, providing professional drone footage and instruction. You can subscribe to his YouTube channel to see even more beautiful drone content in the future! Or, if you are looking to get fantastic instruction on drone cinematography, check out his courses at Cine Chopper University.
Can’t wait to go back…
After my time spent in the Scottish Highlands, I truly believe it is the most beautiful place on earth. While we’re not able to jump on a plane and head back right away, we’re already looking ahead to the next time we can explore this wonderful country! I think my husband said it best, “I can sum up Scotland in three words: Go. Back. Now”. So, do yourself a favor and book a flight, plan a trip, and get to the Scottish Highlands…the sooner the better!
What about Scotland makes you want to go visit?
Written by guest blogger Heather Young (my lovely daughter!), whose photography is featured on her blog, Heather Hiding Photography.
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