As part of my trip to Edinburgh, I decided I wanted to explore a little bit more than just the city surroundings. I found a tour that would take me to the Scottish Highlands, all the way from Edinburgh to Glencoe to Loch Ness and back again, in just a day. It’d be a long day (the tour started at 8 am and didn’t return to the city until 8.30 pm), but worth it. The organisation I went with, is called Timberbush tours. They offer day trips, but also longer ones. I would heartily recommend this tour operator to anyone wanting to do something similar. It was on time, and even with the (unpredicted) snow the tour still went ahead, it was comfortable, there were lots of other solo travellers and the bus driver provides you with lots of actually interesting information. Our driver was also hilarious, by the way. And his Scottish accent made it all even better.
But here goes, an overview of a wonderful day, in a magical place. I will let the pictures do most of the talking.
Our first stop was somewhere on the way, for a quick breakfast stop. Everything just looked so beautiful because of the snow. I considered myself very lucky to be able to see the Highlands in these circumstances. After that, we continued our drive toward and eventually through Glencoe. This was my favourite part of the day. No picture can invoke that same feeling of being so small in comparison to the amazing nature that surrounds you.
We stopped at the side of the road to get a better look at what is called the Three Sisters (three peaks), which you can see on the picture below. It was freezing cold, it was snowing, it was kind of amazing.
Scotland really is the place of sudden weather changes. One moment it can be bright and sunny, 2 minutes later it can be snowy and gloomy and another 2 minutes later it can be rainy and dark. If the Scottish call rain ‘liquid sunshine’, well, then there was plenty of that. But while it can be kind of annoying (scarf on, scarf off, hood on, hood off, gloves on, gloves off), it is also something I loved about Scotland; the sky has a 1000 different colours, the light is ever-changing.
After our lunch break, where I had whisky and haggis (quite an event on its own), we continued onwards to Loch Ness, which was disappointing. It’s a lake like any other. Good thing the exhibition was at least moderately interesting and gave us some more information. We made an additional stop at one of the (many, many) castle ruins. If there’s one way I would describe the highlands, including its lakes, is that it is a mystical place, that asks more questions than it gives answers. And I like that.
Now, off you go, discover. And let me know all about it, of course.