We woke at the crack of dawn to leave Edinburgh and make
our way through the gorgeous Scottish Highlands.
The pink sky was a sight for sleepy eyes as we walked to meet our ride.
We went with Highland Experiences on their tour going all through
Glen Coe, Loch Ness, + Inverness. It was magical and full of “mountains,
monsters, and massacres” as our hilarious guide said. It was so nice to just
enjoy and gaze out the window without driving the winding roads ourselves…
all while listening to history and stories as we wound through the Highlands.
We headed to Glen Coe and stopped through the historic city of Stirling –
where the William Wallace Monument is. As we drove through scenic
Glen Coe, we heard the story of the massacre of the MacDonald Clan.
Those Scots, they don’t mess around with their gruesome history!
At this point the weather started to become … Scottish.
It was on past Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in all of the UK), and
through the Great Glen…which was just a bit snowy and stormy on this day!
It was stunning and I kind of think this picture looks like a painting ^^
We drove along the banks of Loch Linnhe to the pretty town of Fort William
as we headed north as well. There were so many gorgeous Lochs (lakes) along
the way which led to the most famous of all: Loch Ness! Center of the Highlands.
Loch Ness is famous all over the world for its beauty
and mystery, and of course its monster! :)
We drove the full length of the loch, stopping at Urquhart Castle and heading to
the Loch Ness Centre. Chase and I hopped on a “monster spotting trip” on Loch
Ness. No spotting, but so fun just to be out on the stormy water in search of Nessie!It is a crazy body of water, being so narrow yet over 1,000 feet deep… A little scary!
Chase was the only one brave enough to go out in the freezing rain so i told him to take a pic!
Ha – Chase’s photo of Loch Ness with a circle around what may be “the monster.”
Classic! But seriously…we were talking with a local who had a family member
who saw something in there ten years ago, and I kind of believe it :)
The sun came out at the end of our one-hour time on the water.
^^ One of the best Scottish treats ever, giften to us by
our cute friend Rebecca. Butterscotch shortbread for the win.
The tour scheduled in some good rest stops with fun gift shops
to look in. Between the plaid carpeting + tweed coats Chase kept
trying on, we were definitely in the Scottish mode. The best is all of
the Scottish Highland music for sale in each shop. Our driver
played a lot of it on the ride which made us love it even more.
^^ Just one of the many entertaining Scottish CD titles.
We also found some family names in the tartan pattern book!
^^ Our Scottish tour guide Kenny! His outfit and hat only represents
his hilarious personality. He kept us on our toes the entire time.
Another Scottish treat to try in this country ^^ It’s like a kit kat mixed with a twix!
By the afternoon, a rainbow had made its appearance…along with the sun.
Like our guide said, in Scotland you can see all 4 seasons in one day!
Lastly, we cut through to Inverness where Chase and I were dropped off to stay!
The tour normally goes back to Edinburgh, but we had plans to stay in the
cutest place in the countryside outside of Inverness…so we were dropped in the
the northern city of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Sad for the day to end!Inverness castle ^^ where we were dropped before heading to Culloden.
We had the most charming stay ever (see more here) before flying out of:
The tiny Inverness airport! I can’t recommend this airport enough instead
of driving all the way back to Edinburgh at the end of a trip through the
Highlands. Budget airlines like EasyJet and Flybe are both here, so
there can be some really great deals from this easy & convenient airport.
…As long as you’re okay with flying on a tiny plane! :)
Goodbye, Scotland! We are so in love with you & your people.