The best of Scotland.

It was my third time to Scotland in ten years and this time around it was my most favourite experience. Not only had my nieces had grown up to a point where I could speak and playfully interact with them, the weather was also the best I had ever seen it in the UK. For the two weeks that I was there, I only experienced two days of rain which is unheard of for this neck of the woods.The remaining time was blue skies and the temperature hovering around the mid twenties celsius.

After six months of eating Asian food, it was great to be tucking into some proper BBQ action, eating plenty of steaks, hamburgers, proper sausages, downing a few icy cold craft beers and not to mention just being able to drink tap water. I was feeling exceptionally spoilt during my time there.

It wasn’t a full tour of Scotland as my main goal was just to spend time with my sister and her family in Edinburgh. I did manage to explore a bit of Edinburgh as well as the town of Stirling and finished it off with a four day driving adventure to the Isle of Skye. The road trip was a landscape photographers paradise and if I could have my time here again then I’d extend it by another week and explore the rest of the Scottish Highlands. It’s a place that is probably overlooked by many who come to visit Scotland but I can’t highly recommend it enough.

Now that my sister and her family have moved, I know deep down that it will be a while until I return. However, I’ve had plenty of fond memories from the previous visits but the appeal from Scotland’s history, tradition and culture as well as the vast and wild landscapes will be the driving force for me t come back eventually.

Strap yourself in and enjoy my favourite images from Scotland.

edinburgh cemetry

I was surprised at the number of Cemeteries in Edinburgh. You don’t have to go too far to be able to find one, including in the centre of the city.

scottish horses

Showcasing the category winners at the Scottish Highlands Show

guitar

My niece during her musical recital. So many talented 6 year old musicians which made a part of me quite envious.

A long exposure shot during high tide looking out to Cramond Island. The island is accessible by foot only during low tide.

stirling

The view over the town of Stirling with the William Wallace Monument on the distance on Abbey Craig.

scottish homes

Mention Scotland, and I’ll think of the perfectly aligned buildings and the chimneys- oh the chimneys.

old bridge stirling

The Old Bridge over the River Firth in Stirling where the current stone bridge has replaced many variations of previous structures. It played a strategic role as one of the most important bridges in the country and even more so at the Battle of Stirling Bridge (1297), where Sir William Wallace and Sir Andrew Moray led a Scottish army to victory over Edward I of England.

stirling pub

The Cross Keys Pub in, Kippen, Scotland. Est. 1704. I love how it’s old, run down and full of character and characters.

william wallace monument

Situated at the peak of Abbey Craig, the William Wallace Monument commemorates the 13th century Scottish hero.

wind farms stirling

The view overlooking the town of Stirling, Stirling Castle and the wind farms along the hill tops. Scotland is a leader in alternative energy production, with over 30% of its energy created from wind farms.

calton hills sunset

Overlooking Edinburgh from Calton Hill.

Victoria Street at Gassmarket in Edinburgh.

museum of scotland

The atrium of the National Museum of Scotland.

luss homes

The town of Luss on Loch Lomond. Again, I am obsessed with chimneys.

scottish flowers

Foxtail flowers grow all along the countryside. Don’t let the pretty petals fool you as they are highly po

scottish sheep

On the road to the Isle of Skye. I’m sure there are a lot more sheep there than people there.

Isle of skye roads

You have to contend with these views on the road to the Isle of Skye.

Dunvegan Castle on Loch Dunvegan and home to the MacLeod clan for centuries.

old man storr

Old Man Storr in the Isle of Skye are a number of pinnacles that appear like building wrecks. They were formed by the melting of the glaciers which has carved out most of the landscape on the island. It’s a leisurely 45min hike up and the more daring you are, the better the views of the mountain and the bodies of water.

neist point lighthouse

Situated on the north western coast of the Isle of Skye, Nest Point Lighthouse has been in operation since 1909. Until 1990, it was still manually operated and since then the lighthouse grounds converted into accommodation.

loch dunvegan

A beautifully calm morning before the storm clouds approach.

cramond estate

The old water tower at Cammo Estate- an 85 acre park once privately owned but now run by the local council.

Champany inn

My first and last meal in Scotland was a burger, The burgers from Champany Inn have meat patties made  from their own supply of beef, cooked medium rare with blue cheese sauce.

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The best of Scotland. — 2 Comments

  1. I’ve visited Scotland before and enjoyed my time there but hadn’t really felt a burning desire to return… until I saw your photos! Now I would love to go back, especially as I’ve been cultivating my photographer’s eye over the past 2 years. Your shots of the country are beautiful and I won’t be surprised if they spawn many visits from other travelers!
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