10 Must Visit Places In Scotland – Escape From London
As most regular readers of London Is Cool are quite aware your host, William K Wallace the ‘Wandering Scotsman’ is a Scottish loon – I’m just on holiday in London, a temporary Londoner. The holiday has just happened to have lasted for two and a half years! Hopefully when I return home to Scotland to live we will finally have our independence … mark my words that day isn’t far away.
It can’t be denied Scotland has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world – mountains, lochs, rivers, wild countryside, castles stunning beaches and history galore, and much, much more. The weather admittedly isn’t the best, but I guess you can’t have everything!
As I sat on the tube this morning packed in like a sardine – the Jubilee line at 8.30am isn’t good for the body, mind or soul, what a terrible place to be – my mind drifted to places I use to love visiting back home in Scotland. I could almost taste the fresh mountain air, I could almost feel the beach fire heating up my face, I could smell terrible body odour, that was for real, the guy standing next to me obviously had an allergy to soap and water!
Before I left on my travels almost four years ago. I took a trip to Inverness, up in the Highlands of Scotland. It was February and the weather was fucking freezing. On a Loch Ness boat trip, my eyes were watering like crazy and my bones were rattling from the bitter cold wind … but never the less it was a magical experience. Especially so when Nessie popped her head out of the water!
You could spend a year travelling in Scotland and still not see everything. There really is that much to see and do. I could have easily put a list together of a 100 must visit places in Scotland if I had the time! Each and everyone of the places which I have recommended, once visited they will never be forgotten…
10 Must Visit Places In Scotland
Eilean Donan Castle – one of the most instantly recognisable images of Scotland. The castle sits on a small island in Loch Duich in the Western Highlands. It was originally built in 1220 by Alexander II as a defence against the Vikings. A truly fantastic place to visit.
Edinburgh castle – this amazing landmark sits on top of a huge crag of volcanic rock in the heart of the city. The castle offers a spectacular setting with breathtaking views.
Arthur’s Seat & Salisbury Crag – An amazing piece of wild landscape in the city centre, which sits on an extinct volcano. Arthur’s seat, which is the summit, rises to 823 feet and offers panoramic views of virtually the whole city.
Ben Nevis – the highest mountain in Britain standing at 4406 feet above sea level. It is located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in Lochaber. The views from the top of “The Ben” on a clear day can only be described as breathtaking and are well worth the 7-9 hours climb.
Plocton – a beautiful wee picturesque highland village that has a population of around 380. It is situated on the shores of Loch Carron. Because of its location it avoids the prevailing winds, which together with the North Atlantic Drift, it has a remarkable mild climate by Scottish standards. The palm trees that line the main road are a strange sight to see in Scotland.
Loch Ness – which is famous for the iconic “Nessie” the Loch Ness Monster. It is a large deep fresh water loch located in the Highlands of Scotland. It is around twenty two and a half miles long and between one and one and a half miles wide, a depth of 754 feet with the bottom of the loch being as flat as a bowling green. A trip on a one of the tourist boats is a must. You will find beautiful wild scenery, fantastic views and much more.
Lonach Highland Gathering and Games – this is a truly unique event where you will witness the march of the Clansmen as well as the normal events associated with the Scottish Highland Games. A great, friendly, warm event that you can’t but fail to appreciate and enjoy.
Glencoe – is one of the most beautiful and spectacular places in the world, it is a glen located in the Western Highlands of Scotland and offers some of the most stunning scenery you will ever come across. I have so many great memories of camping here…
Isle of Iona – is a small island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, it is approximately 1 mile wide and 3.5 miles long and has a population of 125. Iona is where Saint Columba in 563, founded a monastery with 12 companions. It is an island that is renowned for its tranquillity and natural beauty.
Sandwood Bay – is a wonderful secluded little bay, it is a one mile long stretch of pinkish sand which is backed by huge sand dunes and a freshwater loch , and flanked by great cliffs and a sea stack called Am Buachaille. A beautiful and relaxing place, which is never over run with tourists.
Ten must visit places in Scotland is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more. The beautiful cliffs, beaches and quaint little harbours that line the North East of Scotland’s coastline are also not to be missed. As are the Grampian mountains. And is there a better road in the UK to drive along than the A832…
If you are a Londoner seeking to escape the big crazy city, why not head up to Scotland and experience something totally different. Taste the fresh air…