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Travels in Scotland

August 2, 2013 , 0 Comments

A recent trip to Scotland and Wales has inspired this particular blog post (and the followup on the Wales portion of that trip). The simple beauty of Scotland has captured my imagination for years, and will continue to hold it for years to come.

I imagine that every traveler at some point in their adventures dreams of touring Scotland. They dream of seeing the change in scenery from the low lands to the Highlands. They dream of standing in the middle of a valley (glen) and staring upwards at the beautifully complex mountains (ben).

There is nothing quite like it. Scotland is beautifully unique and incredibly memorable.

Visited Sites:

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  • Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Stirling
  • William Wallace Memorial
  • Glencoe
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Isle of Skye
  • Kyleakin
  • Sligachan
  • Uig
  • Portree
  • Quairang
  • Fort William
  • Lochness
  • Inverness
  • Dunkeld
  • The Hermitage
  • Real Mary’s Close

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Highlights:

The highlight of the trip revolved around the time I spent on the Isle of Skye; and the experiences that I enjoyed. We heard stories of the fairy river which could cure the worst of ills simply by putting yourself into it’s water. After dipping my face into the cold water I discovered that I felt a good deal younger, though the mirror did not reveal that I had shed any years. Our giant yellow bus found it’s way across a tiny thin road to the top of the Quairang, which produced the most beautiful views I could ever imagine seeing. The towns had their own level of charm and interest, each unique in their own ways.

Top 5 Stops of the Trip:
Edinburgh Castle:
Standing above the city from a great height the Castle looks upon Edinburgh with a truly magnificent view. It’s quite a large structure with a lot to see and view once inside it’s walls. The view is worth the hike up the Royal Mile simply to see; and the story of the Scottish Jewels is worth entering the Castle walls for.
Glencoe:
Similar to most European sites Glencoe was home to great tragedy and misfortune over the years within the scope of the Scottish history. We heard stories for most places we visited, some fables and some history, but the history of this particular valley was enough to bring tears to ones eyes. It is no wonder that the waterfalls cascading down the mountains and into the valley have their own mythology about being tears themselves.
Quairang:
The Quairang is simply a geological formation (a landslip) on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. There is only one road that approaches the Quairang and it can be taken from the back, which involves navigating tiny roads over a barren landscape, or from the front, which involves several difficult mountain pass turn backs to reach the top. Either way is challenging but the view is the reward, an what a reward it presents! The view is reason enough to make a trip to Scotland and travel out to the Isle of Skye.
Eilean Donan Castle:
This Castle is perhaps one of the most photographed Castles in Scotland. The original Castle was destroyed in the 18th century during the Jacobite rebellion, and rebuilt again following original plans in 1919.
The Hermitage:
Outside of Denkeld there is a National Trust known as the Hermitage. Inside this forest there is a structure known as Ossian’s Hall that overlooks a truly beautiful Scottish waterfall. The entire forest was a highlight of the trip but this particular experience and view was something truly out of a fairytale.

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