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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The village of Dornie was close by, which looked nice.
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.
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.
Then Portree. Charming.
Then the viewpoint where the Quiraing mountain ridge looks onto the Trotternish Ridge. Dramatic.
Then to Kilt Rock. Stunning.
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.
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.