You may have gathered that our 2013 vacation in Scotland was really enjoyed by both my wife and I, as an all-round great vacation for many reasons. Along with today’s photo selection I’ll write a little bit about those reasons.
Of course, one cannot argue with the landscape, as it is truly stunning in many ways and continually surprises with every change of the light. Even though in our 12 days we got to see great variety, there is so much more to explore, as we barely touched on the islands and didn’t go north beyond Loch Ness.
There are many wonderful little towns around Scotland, where we found the people always friendly and welcoming. Staying at Bed-and-Breakfasts was a great choice, as we met more people that way than staying at hotels. Every experience we had was nothing but positive, whether it was at the inn in Plockton, where we stopped for coffee and they provided us coffee and a snack even though they weren’t open yet, or the interaction with locals and tourists at a fantastic pub in Oban (best whisky!!).
And don’t let people fool you about the food, as we ate nothing but wonderful meals throughout our stay ranging from fresh salmon right out of Loch Linnhe in Fort William to a delicious Tikka Masala!
The historic sites are magnificent! Anywhere you go in Scotland there are beautiful sites, that are either accessible for free or for a very reasonable rate, which usually includes a tour of the property.
Then there’s the wildlife! This is a bit tongue in cheek, as there’s still a mystery bird that we haven’t seen: the puffin. One of my wife’s requests was to see puffins, for which purpose we took a trip to the island of Staffa…only to find seagulls! We were just unlucky, as shifting winds do cause them to go out to sea in mass.
There’s much more to write and share with you about this magnificent country and its people, but I don’t want to bore you 🙂