Scotland will always have a special place in my heart. It is the country of my ancestors (my great-grandfather came to Canada in 1888), as well as the first country I travelled in as a solo female traveller; mostly because nobody was free to go with me. I will always remember the chills of excitement I felt upon hearing the bagpipes being played in a park in Edinburgh or the days I spent riding the train through the Scottish countryside. Oh, and I cannot forget the bacon sandwiches. I freaking love those things!

I will always remember the chills of excitement I felt upon hearing the bagpipes being played in a park in Edinburgh or the days I spent riding the train through the Scottish countryside. Oh, and I cannot forget the bacon sandwiches. I freaking love those things!

When I returned to Scotland in 2014 I was nervous. I loved my time there so much the first time around that I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to my memories. Oh, how wrong I was. I still love Scotland, and I long to return again, and again. And again.

During my week in Scotland last year I snapped well over two hundred photos, and I think I shared about thirty of those photos. Not nearly enough if you ask me, so I’ve decided to create this photo essay which will encompass my entire trip. I hope you enjoy!

Edinburgh

I could easily spend a month or two in Edinburgh and barely scratch the surface of the city. The history, food, culture; so many things to learn about and experience. Sadly I only had a day and a half in the city, but what little time I had, I used to explore!

Innerpeffray Library & Chapel

Normally I wouldn’t dedicate and entire section to a library/chapel, but Innerperfrey is different from most chapels and libraries, it’s credited as being the FIRST free public lending library in Scotland. Built around 1680 by 3rd Lord Madertie (David Drummond) the library not only still stands, but is very much in business. An absolute gem, and definitely worth a visit if you’re in Scotland.

 

Perth

I have always found the county of Perth to be quite beautiful, but when I first visited the city of Perth I was disappointed. I had planned on staying three nights, but I left after one. I blame it on choosing a hostel with a poor location, and not asking enough locals for tips. This time around I was with a guide and found myself to still be in love with the county, and pleasantly surprised by the city.

Dunkeld

Dunkeld is a small, and utterly charming, town in Strathtay, Perth and Kinross, Scotland. It is most known for the battle of Dunkeld which destroyed most of the town and left the Dunkeld Cathedral in ruins. We spent a short time in Dunkeld, but as with many places in Scotland, it is a town I would like to see more of. I loved walking the old cathedral grounds, and through the streets; peering into windows and admiring the tiny details of the architecture.

Highland Folk Museum

As with the Innerperfrey chapel and library, I usually do not dedicate entire sections to museums, but the Highland Folk Museum is different in that is is utterly and completely awesome. I could have easily spent half a day, or more, exploring the various cottages and shops found in this outdoor museum. And rumour has it that some of the scenes from Outlander were filmed at the museum, but of course, those are not confirmed (but they kind of are).

The Highlands

The highlands of Scotland cover a vast area of the country, however for the purpose of this photoessay, ‘The Highlands’ consists of photos taken during my time at Ruthven Barracks, Culloden, Clava Cairns, Inverness, and Ben Nevis. All of which we visited over the space of two days. Have I mentioned I need to return to Scotland for at least three months?

My tour guide, Ross Buchannan, at the Clava Carins near Culloden

My tour guide, Ross Buchannan, at the Clava Carins near Culloden

I am blown away by the fact that we had the privilege of staying at Culloden House, a Georgian mansion which also served as headquarters for Bonnie Prince Charlie before the Battle of Culloden.

I woke up before sunrise and decided to wander around the grounds of Culloden House; which is how I stumbled upon the walled garden. Opening the garden gate, I was greeted with a gorgeous victorian garden. It was simply stunning in the morning light and I took the time to sit and relax before heading back to the main house for breakfast.

This stone cottage stood on this very spot before, during, and after the Battle of Culloden; and it is ON the battlefield.

It was a foggy and misty morning when we arrived at Loch Ness for a cruise to Urquhart Castle. Seems fitting. And no Nessie.

The cruise on Loch Ness was chilly, foggy, and misty, but when I spotted the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shoreline, my mood brightened. Is there anything better than exploring castle ruins on a moody day?

The landing site of Bonnie Prince Charlie, Glenfinnan is one of the most beautiful places in Scotland. Did you know the Glenfinnan Viaduct is THE train bridge featured in the Harry Potter movies? Yup! And that is my first and ONLY Harry Potter reference on this blog.

A small ancient graveyard, lambs, and a moody day. I practically screamed for our guide to stop the car so I could snap a photo.

The entrance to Inverlochy Castle gave me little goosebumps. I geek out over castle ruins, and while I was the only one who chose to take photos, I took my time walking around.

13th-century castle ruins + very old moss-covered trees = a moment of swooning.

Glen Coe

I have dreamed of visiting Glen Coe for years, so when I saw Glen Coe on my itinerary for Scotland I was over-the-moon. I cannot even begin to describe the wonderment and awe I felt when we actually drove into Glen Coe. It has been a couple months since my trip to Scotland and I still struggle to find the appropriate words to describe Glen Coe.

Culross

This medieval town is one of the most popular shooting locations in Scotland, and was one of the locations for the TV show Outlander. The town is absolutely charming, and pretty much everything you want a medieval town to be. Yes, really!

 

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  1. Elaine

    Excellent photography …. you can feel the history in the pictures of the buildings and dampness in the photos of the highlands!

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