Literally just 23 nice photos I took in the Highlands

As you can probably tell, I won’t be dressing up this post any more than it needs, so hopefully the photos speak for themselves! (Also I’m really tired and flying to Rome on Thursday and need to pack…)

This is literally just some nice photos I took in Inverness and the Highlands (and some very brief text). A few (four) have been edited,  but the rest my camera simply worked its magic on. Enjoy!

Inverness

Our trip started off in Inverness for the Social Travel Summit. Inverness is a fairly typical small British town, offering the standard high street shops but despite this, it has a really lovely feel to it and I really enjoyed my time there. The weather was also pretty damn good.

Inverness

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Inverness Castle

Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle

We were treated to a boat tour to Urquhart Castle, situated on the banks of Loch Ness. Did you know Loch Ness is twice as deep as the North Sea? Me neither. It’s actually quite impressive. Urquhart Castle has some cracking views. Weather continued to be very good.

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Loch Ness
Entrance to Loch Ness

A Great British Rail Journey:
Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh

After the conference, we got the train to Kyle of Lochalsh on the West coast. This journey is considered one of the most beautiful in the whole of the UK. Pretty easy to see why. Weather still very good.

Inverness train to Kyle of Lochalsh

Eilean Donan Castle

First stop in the West (not counting our horrendous hostel) was Eilean Donan Castle. Beautiful castle, but slightly disappointing interior. Amazing views of castle and surrounds so well worth the journey. Weather still dry and sunny.

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The village of Dornie was close by, which looked nice.

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Isle of Skye

Then it was time for Isle of Skye, one of Scotland’s most popular destinations. We were based in the pretty village of Kyleakin (pronounced “Cull-akin”), which has some pretty ruins, Caisteal Maol. The weather was ok.

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Kyleakin

Caisteal Maol

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Due to the difficulty of off-season public transport, we booked ourselves on to a great tour: Skye Tours, with local man and excellent tour-guide Marshall. THEN THE RAIN CAME!

First we saw the Cuillin Hills. Beautiful.

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Then Portree. Charming.

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Then the viewpoint where the Quiraing mountain ridge looks onto the Trotternish Ridge. Dramatic.

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Quiraing
Trotternish Ridge
Trotternish Ridge
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Quiraing

Then to Kilt Rock. Stunning.

Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye

And finally, the very foggy Old Man of Storr (just to prove to Vlad at Eff It I’m on Holiday that we also suffered from the weather…). Atmospheric.

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Lasting impressions

The Highlands really did blow me away: the landscapes, the history, the people, the food – I loved it all. More to come in much more detailto try and do this beautiful place justice.

10 thoughts on “Literally just 23 nice photos I took in the Highlands

  1. Looking good – I am desperate to do the Highland train journey and the Isle of Skye – though suspect I’ve already used up all my Scotland good weather luck in the Outer Hebrides!

    1. I think you definitely did! It was a bit of a toss up between Lewis/Harris or Skye. If we could have guaranteed we’d have your weather, we would have 100% gone to Lewis and Harris – those beaches are just too good to resist. Skye was amazing though – it’s as if someone took Snowdonia and squeezed it onto one small island.

  2. Your photos are so pretty, I hate you for having such a great weather, haha. Next time I’m going to the Highlands, I want to see Isle of Skye as well. I had the same thought about Eilean Donan castle, the interior was very underwhelming. We went in only because they was raining and freezing…

    1. Skye was beautiful – it’s hard to believe there is so much packed into such a small island. I did think about you with the weather – we had 5 days of beautiful sunshine and one day of rain, haha. Still, the Highlands are meant to be gloomy, right?

    1. It’s so beautiful, isn’t it? Even the weather can’t affect it: to me, the cloud and mist and rain add to the atmosphere because that’s exactly what I imagine the Highlands to be like.

      …not sure Vlad would agree 😛

  3. Hi John
    just to say how wierd for me to see your picture of the old trawler the”Johan” in Kyleackin , as it was my home for 24 years when in Brighton marina , she is looking a bit sad now but perhaps the most approprate location to fade away. thanks for the chance to look , good luck with your quest.
    Ali

    1. Hi Ali, what a small world! How did you come across my photo? It looks like the trawler has seen better days but it’s in a beautiful little spot at least.

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