Population: 5,425 million (2017)
Temperature: 8-18 Celsius with freezing wind (13.8-21.8)
Atmosphere: Absolutely delightful
This trip was probably the most soul-fulfilling trip to this day. Visiting Scotland was on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I reckon being a kid, day dreaming about those green clifs and endless fields with little white dots. We traveled all around Scotland, which was the best way to experience the real Scotland. We started in Edinburgh, continued to Stonehaven, then from Inverness to Port Appin and last, Glasgow.
I don’t know what it is about Scotland, but nature is what brought tears to my eyes. I’ve decided to document this trip with my camera and just see what happens and I’m so happy I get to share it with you.
For starters Edinburgh is massive, and when I say it’s massive, it has 450.000 population, and it is located in Lothian on the Firth of Forth’s southern shore.
To be honest, I don’t even remember the feeling I got in Edinburgh because it was so chaotic. I couldn’t even concentrate because it was all too much. We stayed there for about 1 and a half day so there’s another reason for not experiencing the capital as well as we could.
The first day we visited the Royal Mile and a little bit of Princess Street, which is the biggest one. Pipes were playing in every corner, and my heart skipped a beat every time I saw a plaid pattern. When you look on the map you think oh, everything is super close but when you’re walking, it takes minimum half an hour, to max 45 minutes to get to another sight.
The next day we visited Princess Street where I bought a coat, hat, and scarf in Primark. I was freezing.
We then went to see the Scottish National Gallery, which is free and we stayed there starring at paintings for hours. There’s just something so mesmerizing about how great artists used to paint.
Then we went to see the majestic Edinburgh castle which has a bird’s eye view of the surrounding streets; we didn’t go inside because we would spend too much time there.
We also visited the magnificent National Museum, and the entry was free!! I have visited a lot of museums, but I’ve never seen anything like this.
Another magical spot was Dean village. Which is a little bit away from the city and I have to say it was so refreshing being somewhere without the chaos.
I knew by looking at photos, this is going to be my favorite place. We first stopped at Dunnottar Castle, which is just… I lost my words! I stepped on the viewpoint and started crying like a little child. It enchanted me. And when I thought things couldn’t get any more Scottish there was this little kid playing pipes. My mom saw it and started teasing me, but I blamed it on the wind. Truth be told it was so windy it almost blew me away both literally and metaphorically. The view was so mesmerizing; I could sit on the grass and stay there for the whole day if it wasn’t so windy. But the weather blessed us, and it was sunny throughout the entire day, which is rare.
We then went to a little fishing village called Stonehaven. It’s a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It lays on Scotland’s northeast coast and has a population of 11,602.
Stonehaven is that type of a place where you would go and rest your soul. If there were a letter E involved in its name, it would be heavenly. We had a lovely day, it was sunny all the time, and I felt so comfortable in my knits that I almost fell asleep laying on Ziga’s arms on the beach.
We also visited the famous the Bey’s fish and chips and Aunty Bettsy ice cream shop which is door to door, so you get both the main dish and a dessert if you want to. I just felt so rested, I can’t explain, both of my stomach and my soul were full that day.
A road to Inverness
We had a little stop throughout the whole trip to Inverness, first, we stopped at Newburgh Beach, which one of my Slovenian followers recommended, but the weather was crazy! The wind was blowing so hard that I could barely keep my eyes open. But we saw a few of the seals, which were incredible!! The Newburgh beach is known for the seals sunbathing on the beach.
Then we wanted to visit the Balmoral castle but we couldn’t since her Royal Majesty was staying there, which is insane to even think about.
We stopped for a glance at Edmoral castle, and we continued with our trip to Inverness. We got to experience the whole drive through the national park, and we just had to stop and enjoy the magnificent view. As I step out of the car, I felt the harsh wind caressing my whole body, but it was worth it. The view of the landscape took the last breath away. I started tearing up, but I decided it would be such a shame not having a clear vision of that day so I quickly stopped tears.
The last stop was Inverness, and it was stunning, but it’s a lot bigger than Stonehaven. We ate at Scotch and Rye, and it was super yummy. I was the happiest eating corn on a cub it’s in every restaurant, and I ate it every single day. The weather throughout the whole day was playing hide and seek, but we said goodnight to a sunset.
Loch Ness and Port Appin
We got to visit Loch Ness, which is a Loch which is a lake in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 37 kilometers.
But we got to in Port Appin which is the cutest little village near Loch Ness. It only has one small store and two little restaurants. During the day we hunted for shells on the beach, and when it started raining, we went to our Airbnb cozied up and watched Bruce Almighty.
When we started feeling hungry, we went for a quick bite to the Pierhouse. There was an actual fireplace, and the people there were so lovely. If you’re a big fish lover, I recommend eating fish pie. It sounds weird, but it’s so amazing I’m angry that I didn’t get one for myself but I stole some from my mom. Another thing, if you’ll visit the PierHouse I really reccommend getting a reservation since the house is always full.
A road to Glasgow
It was a road surrounded by a breathtaking landscape. We had a quick stop at Loch Achriochtan, and The Meeting of Three Waters. It always amazes me how outstanding nature is here; you would need to experience it to get a feeling. It would be so much more relaxing if there weren’t a mix of wind and rain blowing into my face, but that was expected, so I’m not even complaining.
When we got to Glasgow it rained like crazy, so we decided to go for some tea and biscuits, it was lovely, and it was the first time I tried drinking tea with milk, and I didn’t like it haha.
I sadly haven’t got the chance to explore much of Glasgow; I got so sick all of a sudden that I couldn’t even walk. We went outside to see the Glasgow cathedral, and I started shaking like crazy because I had a high fever and I didn’t even realize it. Maybe because of the adrenaline, but once it settled, so did my temperature. I was so upset because it was the last day to get the chance to explore Scotland, and I was home laying in bed with tea and a headache. But Ziga took the family out to see the Glasgow Museum and the Glasgow University which I was the most excited about because it’s real-life Howards. Ziga was kind enough to take some shots for me.
This was by far the best trip of my life. I had to pinch myself every time I saw another outstanding postcard worthy shot, this was the only time I wished my eyes could take photos. It was unreal to see photos from the internet transform into reality. I wished to visit Scotland for so long that I still can’t believe I went and did the whole circle around it. I still want to explore more of the north, I heard it’s even colder, but I will come prepared. I wanted to visit the Isle of sky, if you ask why, go and Google it. I wish I would take more photos, but in some situations, it was impossible. The weather is variable, the first few minutes there will be the sun, and in the next few minutes there will be pouring but no matter the weather I had the best time. I can’t wait to get back and explore the North.