Take a trip to Scotland
The territory of Scotland is located in the north of Great Britain separated from England by the Cheviot Mountains. You will visit a land of legend and tradition. Here the weather is often rainy, but when the sun overcomes the fog then all the green landscapes light up. Anyway, it is not a little shower that should stop you. The whole territory is made for lovers of great sensations; cliffs sublimating the horizon of the coasts on the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, immense moors, forests of pines and oaks having preserved their magic and in the northwest, the Highlands.
Your trip will also take you through the great cities of Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh for their cultural richness, entertainment and festive evenings. History lovers will be spoiled, the country is studded with castles, there are more than 400 of them including Inveraray, home of the Campbell clan in the 15th century or the amazing Stalker castle built on Loch Laich, a tiny island accessible at low tide.
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A Loch is a body of fresh water, sea inlet or simply a lake. Loch Ness is the second largest in Scotland with a length of more than 30 kilometers. It was in the 1930s in the heart of the Highlands that the legend was born. At that time, the creature, a sort of giant sea serpent, was thought to have been seen for the first time. If you don’t see the “Nessy” monster 🙂 , know that the place is a good pretext for magnificent discoveries.
To start with, go to the city of Inverness, south-west of Loch Ness, with its Urquhart Castle and its numerous pubs along the river Ness.
Continue on to the countryside and the small villages of Drumnadrochit, Fort Augustus with its beautiful locks, and Dores with its shingle beach.
You can also take a cruise to see the whole of Loch Ness in a different way.
Glen Coe Valley
The Glen Coe Valley is one of the most beautiful areas of the country with its magnificent mountains and green landscapes. You will take the most beautiful road of the country, the A 82 making its place around the peaks. A wild beauty that has been the scene of movies such as Braveheart or Harry Potter. Drive through the region from the village of Glencoe. From there, you can take the Lochan Trails that run through the forest. The more athletic will venture up the Pap of Glencoe (Sgorr na Ciche) trail, a fairly difficult climb, but at the top, the reward is a breathtaking view of Loch Leven. Another famous hike is the Lost Valley Trail in the middle of the Three Sisters mountain range.
Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is a kind of concentration of Scotland in one place. Known as the “Isle of Mists”, the destination is located almost at the extreme north of the country on its west coast. It can be reached from Mallaig by ferry or simply by bus or car across the bridge between Kyle of Lochalsh and Kyleakin. It is the largest territory of the Inner Hebrides archipelago. The whole road along the ocean is very steep. It borders the mountainous massif of the Cuillin Hills where you can reach the Fairy Pools, magnificent waterfalls with turquoise waters. Portree, the capital of the island is a charming fishing port with colorful houses. It is from this village that you will start your hike to the Old Man of Storr, this great rock of 50 meters high that points to the sky. The Isle of Skye is worth a stop of at least 2 days to explore its wide plains which lead to beautiful beaches such as Point of Sleat in the extreme south.
Did you just miss the Hogwarts Express?
Don’t panic, Harry Potter’s famous steam train, whose real name is Jacobite Express, passes here on the viaduct every morning at 10:30 am and in the afternoon around 3 pm.
Its route takes it from Fort William through Glenfinann to Mallaig.
The charming village is just a few miles from Glencoe. Loch Shiel can be reached at the foot of the Glenfinnan monument, a tower with a Highlander wearing a kilt at the top. The statue was built in 1815 in honor of Charles Edward Stuart, nicknamed Bonnie Prince Charlie, pretender to the Scottish crown. Next door stands the Gothic church of St Mary & St Finnan built in 1872. Its location on the edge of the lake makes the building enchanting. For those who can linger in Glenfinnan, there are several routes of less than an hour that will allow you to explore the area on foot.
The historic fortress of Scone Palace is located on the outskirts of the city of Perth. It is an important place in the history of the country, because before the construction of Scone Palace in 1808, the site was that of an old castle of the 16th century. More than 40 kings of Scotland were crowned on this estate. Today, the family home belongs to the Earls of Mansfield.
The building has a large collection of paintings, artworks, objects and antique furniture.
Huge gardens surround the property as well as centuries-old pine woods.
Not to be missed is a plant maze and a view of the River Tay.