September is here so I’ve thought to create this post which will take you from the ocean and give you some ideas to visit the mountains and also the North Sea.
We started travelling to Scotland in November 2017 when we celebrated our 9 year relationship anniversary in Edinburgh. Since then, we kept going back there to various places and we are currently planning a road trip through the North Coast 500. I’m going to share below the main locations that impressed us – to some of them we went back again and again 🙂
At the end of the post I’ve also inserted our YouTube video: Edinburgh and North Berwick and also a collage of videos that we took on our latest trip to Scotland.
Edinburgh & North Berwick
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and comparing to other capitals is such a calm and relaxing city that always gives me a good vibe and helps me recharge with good energy 🙂 Its architecture reminds me of Sighisoara & Sibiu, two Romanian cities with Medieval/Gothic buildings and cobblestone streets. Edinburgh’s main attractions/viewpoints that I recommend are: Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill, Arthur’s Seat, Old Town, Camera Obscura, Princes Street Gardens and Scott Monument.
North Berwick is a seaside town situated 30 minutes drive from Edinburgh. Opening to the North Sea, it impressed us with the clean and nice sandy beach and also with the green clear water 🙂 I’ve seen the North Sea from different seaside towns but none had this amazing colourful look.
Scottish Highlands represents quite a big area of Scotland, with many mountain ranges – one of which being the highest mountain in the British Isles: Ben Nevis. The Highlands cover attractions such as Isle of Skye, Inverness (capital of the Highlands), Glencoe, Loch Ness, Glenfinnan Viaduct, North Coast 500 route etc. and it’s known as the only area in the British Isles with concentrated population of Scots Pines – Caledonian Forest (rainforest).
Isle of Skye is connected to Scotland by Skye Bridge and its most amazing places to visit are Old Man of Storr, Eilean Donan Castle and Fairy Pools (although we haven’t managed to get to this one yet). The all isle has such fresh and clean air that relaxes you immediately, whilst providing stunning views.
Glencoe is a village in western Scotland. The area is known for waterfalls and various trails through mountains. Is also well known for James Bond Skyfall movie. Glencoe also has mountain resort with ski facilities and lift chairs – amazing views in any season – we’ve managed to see it in autumn and winter (see above photos).
Dundee is Scotland’s fourth-largest city and represents a coastal one. Is known for Dundee Law and Firth of Tay. Nice views from Dundee Law hill.
Takes its name from the county of Aberdeen and covers another big area of Scotland – lovely coastline (Stonehaven, Collieston etc.), Cairngorms National Park and castles such as Slains Castle, Dunnottar Castle etc.
‘From mountain to sea’ represents the best description for the region.
Loch Lomond is a lake in south Scotland, part of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and the area represents the home for red deer and oak woodlands. It’s also known as the largest lake in Great Britain and is surronded by hills – one of which is Ben Lomond, a 974m high munro. We’ve visited Loch Lomond during winter and summer and the whole national park offers such awesome views.
Hope you enjoyed this post and our videos.
Have you ever been to these places? Do you have any other to recommend?