“IN SCOTLAND, THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER - ONLY THE WRONG CLOTHES.” — Billy Connelly
Oh Scotland, how come I’ve never visited you sooner!
Everything started with the Outlander series! After the first episode I said: “Ok, it’s time to go to Scotland!”. Well, actually there was another reason - my dear friends Kacka and Ondra, who just moved there and now they live in Dunfermline with their baby girl Emma and Aira, the dog.
I was super excited to go there because I really needed a small break during the busy wedding season and also a break from that hot weather in Prague, I’m not a big fan so I couldn’t wait to be in rainy country. Scotland is so pretty! It looks like Iceland but with more trees. There are ferns everywhere and you know how I love ferns. People are so nice and the sceneries during the sunrises were taking my breath away almost every day.
All the photos were taken with my Fuji X-T20 and edited with LKO presets, this was the only camera I took with me because I wanted to travel super light. I only took one big fluffy sweater so you’ll see it a lot here but it was the best peace I had with me, it saved me from the cold wind for several times.
We’ve seen so many beautiful places, coffee shops, little stores with local handmade stuff. Right after my arrival to Edinburgh, my friends took me to the cutest coffee shop/greenhouse ever! - Secret Herb Garden and we also stopped in a little city by the sea - Queensferry, where we had a great view on the bridges (Forth Bridge). Second day was full of botanical gardens, plants and walks through the little streets in Edinburgh. I was walking alone all day with my backpack and just enjoying life, listening to some local piper playing on the Prince Street, shopping some small goodies from locals and ending a perfect day with an amazing sunset over the Dean Village. If you ever happen to be in Edinburgh and you are a big fan of plants, make sure you visit Royal Botanic Garden. You’ll love it! I would also recommend a walk through the Circus Lane, an avocado toast at Urban Angel, great coffee and brownie at Brew Lab Coffee and go visit some thrift stores at Southside district. On Cockburn Street you’ll find many small gift shops and restaurants.
Time for nature! Probably one of my most favorite places on this trip was Glen Coe and Etive Mor! I was just speechless when we got there! We were stopping almost every minute because I had to take all the photos of the beauty around us! We were heading to the Isle of Skye where we spent two nights and drove around the island. After we crossed the bridge to Skye, we stopped at Sligachan, where is the famous view with the old bridge and mountains. Our airbnb was near the main city Portree. You can eat there very good fish & chips and buy some local gifts and postcards by Dot & Line at the ÒR shop. We couldn’t miss the famous Quiraing, we still don’t know how to pronounce it right haha. The hike was amazing, I was stopping every five minutes to just enjoy the view and I was so grateful that I could be surrounded by such a breathtaking landscape! Near Quiraing is a very nice coffee shop and an art gallery - Single Track, with a very good drip coffee! The other day I witnessed a BEAUTIFUL sunrise at the Old Man of Storr where I hiked to almost an hour around 6am, it was hard and I couldn’t catch my breath but it was SO worth it! I can say the same about the Neist Point Lighthouse where we arrived to around the sunset time. I was speechless again, after I took some photos I was just sitting on the rock and enjoying the epic sunset! My eyes were full of tears. I couldn’t help it. God is just so good!
On our way back home we stopped for a quick bite at Deli Gasta and also visited the Fairy Pools, but it was full of people during the day. Now it’s time to enjoy last views from the car windows and the trip is over. WOW, what a week! And because I couldn’t fit all the photos to the one post, here’s a slideshow I made with more photos and great King Creosote singing in a background. So take a look. And one last thing. If you’re planning a trip to Scotland in summer, make sure you have a good repellent with you because midges get crazy around this season and they can eat you alive :D