My 3rd day in Scotland was like a Kinder surprise. Everyone is talking about its greatness and enjoyment, but at the end, you have to try it yourself. To be clear, everyone praises Scottish highlands so I was searching for the opportunity to get there. With a help of my two new friends, Anjie (AUS) and Debbie (USA), I made a reservation by Timberbush tour via Expedia for approx. 50€. The driver was really positive, sharing lots of interesting facts and jokes, while we tried to follow his Scottish English. It really IS a challenge! He even combined it with various music recordings, from traditional to the new Scottish music, all of it pleasant for the ears; actually I loved it all 🙂
This is a little map, to imagine our road trip – starting in Glasgow, passing by Loch Lomond, getting up to Oban, Glencoe and stopping in-beetwen in various places, taking many castle’s photos or just enjoying little villages, nature, sights.
Loch Lomond – is a freshwater Scottish loch which crosses the Highland Boundary Fault, often considered the boundary between the lowlands of Central Scotland and the Highlands.
Rest and be thankful pass gave us chills (view and wind); it is a very important through road in Scotland and connects the Central Belt, via the A82 from Glasgow, with the south west of Scotland all the way down to Campbeltown Kintyre.
Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell.
Inveraray, such a sweet town.
Kilchurn Castle is a ruined structure on a rocky peninsula at the northeastern end of Loch Awe. We stopped here for a minute to capture this memory.
After a few hours, enjoying a spectacular views, colors, laughs with hilarious driver, we arrived to Oban – An t-Òban in Scottish Gaelic meaning The Little Bay. I finally had an opportunity to try their famous fish and chips, before sightseeing the city. The result = Delish!
Moments spent here, enjoying the sunshine, fresh air and peace, are priceless <3
I caught Castle Stalker while driving; the name “Stalker” comes from the Gaelic Stalcaire, meaning “hunter” or “falconer”. The island castle is one of the best-preserved medieval tower-houses to survive in western Scotland.
The grand prix of our day tour, was Glen Coe – it is a glen of volcanic origins, U – shaped and formed by ice age glacier. The Glen is named after the River Coe which runs through it.
Loved it! Every minute of this trip. The Scottish are lucky people – even though they have rain almost all the time (with a surprisingly better, sunnier weather as we drove higher), the breathtaking landscape pays all off. And the people, the higher you go, the warmer and less understandable they get. 😉
Ps: I’m lucky to live in my country, which gives me “same kind” of goosebumps. 😉
“COLORS ARE THE SMILES OF NATURE.”
With love, Pija