I have often heard that the north of Scotland offers some of the most scenic landscapes in the world, but I never believed them. I thought, how can you possibly compete with places like the rocky mountains, the great barrier reef or the amazon rain forest.
Well, it took a 4 hour train ride followed by a 10 hour drive to get there, but when I did, I found a place that is so undersold by what I had heard. I think it actually is on a par with the rocky mountains. There are mountains everywhere you look, ski resorts, adventure resorts, and loads of walk and hikes to do on foot or on bike.
I recently spent a week here staying in the town of Portree, found on the Isle of Skye. During this time I went on long hikes, rock climbed, swam in various rivers and lakes and even tried my hand at whiskey tasting. I liked it so much, that I am set to return this summer and drive the entire north coast 500 route which, judging by pictures, looks like it may even be a level above from what I found in Skye. The only downside is that while there we were constantly hustled by midges every time we stepped outside. It was only after the third day that we managed to get hold of some insect repellant that we stopped being attacked every time we stepped foot out the door. So I would definitely recommend taking so if you are planning a trip up to the north of Scotland.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ―