To the Scottish Highlands we go!


We woke at the crack of dawn to leave Edinburgh and make
our way through the gorgeous Scottish Highlands. 

IMG_9605The 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.
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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!
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAt this point the weather started to become … Scottish.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIt 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 ^^
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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe 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.
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Loch Ness is famous all over the world for its beauty
and mystery, and of course its monster! :)
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe 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!
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetIt is a crazy body of water, being so narrow yet over 1,000 feet deep… A little scary!
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IMG_20160207_141100Chase was the only one brave enough to go out in the freezing rain so i told him to take a pic!
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHa – 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.
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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetScottish Highlands5Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset^^ One of the best Scottish treats ever, giften to us by
our cute friend Rebecca. Butterscotch shortbread for the win.
Scottish Highlands1The 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.
Scottish Highlands^^ Just one of the many entertaining Scottish CD titles.
We also found some family names in the tartan pattern book!
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetScottish Highlands8^^ Our Scottish tour guide Kenny! His outfit and hat only represents
his hilarious personality. He kept us on our toes the entire time.
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Another Scottish treat to try in this country ^^ It’s like a kit kat mixed with a twix!
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBy 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!
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetLastly, 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!
IMG_9877Inverness castle ^^ where we were dropped before heading to Culloden.
We had the most charming stay ever (see more here) before flying out of:

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe 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.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset…As long as you’re okay with flying on a tiny plane! :)
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetGoodbye, Scotland! We are so in love with you & your people.

xo


'To the Scottish Highlands we go!' has 5 comments

  1. February 11, 2016 @ 10:58 am Natalie M.

    So fun! Don’t you love all those kitschy gift shops? They’re the best! It’s funny because we really thought Nessie was mostly just a fun story that got passed along through the years but there are a lot of people who believe something strange is going on in Loch Ness. A guy we met said his brother and dad worked on the loch their whole lives and have seen some really strange things. We were definitely believers by the end of that trip!

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  2. February 11, 2016 @ 11:24 pm Lauren

    I absolutely love the Highlands and all the mountains and lochs and rainbows! It’s so beautiful there. I’m descended from the Lochiel of Clan Cameron who came from Fort William! I stayed in Fort William for a week and would go back in a heartbeat.

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  3. February 12, 2016 @ 1:31 am Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

    I can’t wait to explore all over the highlands! Was there any spot you visited that you wish you had more time at? We are trying to narrow down our road trip stops.

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  4. February 12, 2016 @ 8:00 am Nancy

    I still very much want to go to Scotland. I have never been there, but ever since I did a project about it in university I still have the country on my bucketlist. Edinburgh hopefully this year and who knows when the rest of the country will be visited. Nice pictures and fun to see what you did!

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  5. February 14, 2016 @ 5:32 pm Rachel

    Wow I had no idea Loch Ness was so deep! It definitely looks like you guys were on to something with your Nessie hunting though ;)

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