Scotland – Country Vistas

While in Edinburgh, we took a sunset hike up to the top of Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park. We were literally still in Edinburgh, but the photos belie their proximity to the city.

At the summit we had a fabulous view of the Firth of Fourth (say that 10 times fast!)

A brief shower fell on us during the hike, but it wasn’t enough to get us wet. And it yielded two beautiful rainbows!

Some other stunning vistas can be viewed atop Calton Hill in Edinburgh. Hard to believe all this beauty is just footsteps away from downtown.

The second day in Scotland Pretty Handsome Guy and I rented a car and ventured outside the city into the incredibly beautiful countryside of Scotland. We wanted to be well rested for the terror challenge of driving on the “wrong side of the road!”

Talk about confusing, and then add some comical road signs to create a true driving adventure. By the way, I hear those red squirrels are really dangerous carjackers!

But, the white knuckles were well worth it once we arrived in Ben Lawers, a nature preserve near Loch Tay and Killin. The vistas were unrivaled! Truly amazing scenery.

It was so beautiful in Ben Lawers, that we were hesitant to leave. So, we found a nice soft patch of grass and took a short nap.

Once we got back to the car, we were greeted by some locals. It was funny watching the mamas. The minute they stopped moving, their little ones took it as a signal that it was snack time. Not much different for us human mamas is it?

The little town of Killin boasts an amazing intersection of waterfalls, named the Falls of Dochart. The sound is deafening, but the experience is exhilarating.

The homes in the small villages of Scotland are simply adorable. Tell me you wouldn’t love to move into this little cottage!

Or how about this carriage house?

As we looped back around the countryside towards Edinburgh, the stunning vistas continued to pop up on either side of the road.
And now a few words of wisdom while traveling in Scotland:
  1. You will gain weight no matter how much walking you do! These devilishly tempting shortbread squares are everywhere!
2. Just because you have an UK outlet converter doesn’t mean you can plug any old US appliance into the outlet. (I’m not saying exactly who’s hairdryer fried the circuit in our hotel room. Mum’s the word!)
3. Street performers do not like having their pictures taken unless you put money in their hats first. (I spared you the “finger” shot of one particularly perturbed performer.)
4. Bring extra memory cards and batteries on your trip. At 1500 pictures, I used two cards and two complete battery charges.
Be prepared to spend some £ (british pounds). The shops are jam packed with lovely goodies.
Flavored Oils
A Nessie hat, anyone? Only £6 (or about $11 US).
I think you can say that the “Keep Calm and Carry On” craze has officially exploded:
And Beth, just in case you were wondering, the owl trend is in full swing in Scotland too!

Comments

  1. It looks like a beautiful country and a wonderful trip! Wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing. Now next time, please just take me with you!

  2. Gorgeous photos! Looks like you had a wonderful time! I agree with Sandra-take me next time!! :)
    Seriously-gorgeous pics!

  3. I’m so jealous! Scotland is a place, along with Ireland, that I’ve wanted to visit forever! Maybe someday. Beautiful pictures!

  4. I have just taken a trip back 30 years when I was fortunate enough to visit Scotland – it is still one of my favorite places on earth. thank you for the memories!

  5. I’m thrilled seeing these pictures as I am planning a little jaunt to Scotland from England. We’ll only stay in Edinbergh for about a day and a half, but I would love to hear about somethings I shouldn’t miss during that time!

    • Lisa,

      Well here are my 5 top things to see and do in Edinburgh:

      #1 Edinburgh castle
      #2 Hike to the top of Arthur’s seat in Holyrood park
      #3 Get reservations early in the day for the Real Mary King’s close. A great way to see and learn about life and the growth of the city. An under-street level tour of Edinburgh.
      #4 Calton Hill is also a great place to view the city from. Monuments are scattered on top.
      #5 if you can afford it, get reservations and eat a meal at The Witchery

  6. Amazing photographs of AMAZING scenery. Your photos are wonderful and I can tell you had a fabulous time. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. The picture of mamas and babies was precious!
    Susan

  7. Hi, I have just found your blog. I am from Scotland and I have to say your photos are stunning and make Edinburgh look lovely.
    I live on the West coast of Scotland and we do have lovely views. I just don’t think we appreciate where we live until somebody shows us it through their eyes.

  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE these pictures…amazing!!!! We don’t have $$ to travel right now…so we loved the short virtual trip ;) Thanks for sharing!!!!

  9. Beautiful photos, it looked like a lovely vacation. I especially liked the photo of the baby sheep feeding!

  10. Absolutely stunning vistas complete with absolutely stunning photographs! I’m jealous!

  11. Oh, my word! Those are GORGEOUS pictures! I’m so jealous:) Makes me want to pack my bags now and head over. Glad you’re having fun and thanks for sharing just how beautiful it is there.

  12. Color me jealous! Glad you shared the photos though. I can pretend, right? So glad you had a great time!! :)

  13. I love your pictures. That cottage is one I would live in. Your scenery photos are super and would make great artwork for anyone’s home. Thank you for sharing some of the beautiful places you’ve visited.

  14. Oh my word, how GORGEOUS! And I know from photographing scenery that the beauty is never quite captured as it is in person. It must have been sensory overload! Love it ;). Thanks for the shout out friend!

  15. Daniella Beattie says:

    some beautiful shots of Edinburgh there, it’s my home town. I live on Royal Terrace, you would have passed the church on the way up to Calton Hill. x

  16. Stunning post on Scotland! Fantastic shots! Gorgeous blog:)
    Now, your newest follower….hope you will follow me back:)

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