I recently visited Scotland and I will never be the same. It’s an enchanting, ancient land of lochs and munro’s, bustling, modern cities and villages that seem untouched by time. Castles and cathedrals dot the landscape, but the real beauty is the land and the people that call it home. It is indescribable, and more beautiful than any picture can show. You must see it with your own eyes to understand. I hope to inspire you to do just that by exploring my 10 favorite places to visit in Scotland!
Scotland is a wild country, and you feel that. It is a place that touches your soul and stirs your blood. I tried to capture as much as I could with my camera, hoping to catch the spirit of the land and bring a bit of it back with me. Scotland was kind to me. I captured some incredible scenes on my journey that I will treasure until I can see them with my own eyes again!
The first two places on my list are the scenic glen, Glencoe, and an iconic steam train journey that is not to be missed! Stay tuned for more posts in the coming days covering more of my favorite places in Scotland!
#1- Take a Drive Through Glencoe
The first stop on our journey takes us to stunning Glencoe. If you are looking for vistas that take your breath away you have found it! I was awestruck by the ancient mountains and enthralled by the history. As I looked around all I could think was “This is the Scotland I came to see!”
If your idea of exploring Scotland is getting out into the highlands and hiking the hills, running the trails, or just want to be surrounded by raw beauty everywhere you turn this could be a great place to base yourself. There is also skiing in the winter months so this area has much to offer for vacationers. If you only have time for a drive through the area it will be time well spent! It was an unforgettable experience that should not be missed.
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
the hills of the highlands for ever I love.Robert Burns
#2- Jacobite Steam Train
The Jacobite Steam Train takes you on an amazing journey from Fort William to Mallaig. We opted to take this scenic journey on our way to the Isle of Skye. It takes you across the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct. At Mallaig you can catch a ferry to Skye and some of the other isles, or opt for the round trip.
The train ride was such a cool experience! Beautiful views and just a fun way to travel. My family of four sat at a table by the window and just enjoyed watching the Scottish countryside go by as we sipped our tea and cocoa. Harry Potter fan? The Jacobite is none other than the Hogwarts express featured in the movies. My daughter enjoyed visiting the gift shop on board where there were many themed items for purchase; Magic wands and yes even chocolate frogs! The kids rated this one of their top experiences in Scotland.
I hope you give these places a try! If you do, come back and let me know what you think! I am confident you will be as impressed as I was!
Stay tuned for future posts on my favorite places in Scotland!
Enjoy your travels, and Keep Roaming! – Tina