Venturing into the Scottish Higlands

After spending two weekends settling into Edinburgh and getting used to the city, I finally got the chance to venture out into the Highlands of Scotland! As an avid Outlander fan and nature-lover, traveling to the Highlands was an obvious must. So, at a bright (or more aptly, very foggy) and early morning I hopped into a coach bus at 7:30 am to make the trek up to Glencoe and Loch Ness on a CityLife tour.

We started our tour with a drive to Loch Lomond (conveniently just the right amount of time for a nice nap). With just about twenty minutes at the Loch, we all had the chance to walk through the village, take in the sights of a cloudy Loch Lomond from the pier, and got a chance to get some much-needed coffee or hot drinks. Next up on our adventure – Glencoe!

 As we drove through the Highlands we were serenaded with “Skyfall” courtesy of Adele’s vocals – which reached nearly the same heights as the mountains that we drove through. Making a stop at the Three Sisters of Glencoe I was immediately grateful I had decided to invest in a raincoat – having two hands free (not having to hold an umbrella, that is) was necessary to attempt to take pictures of the mountains in the strong wind. As you can see evidenced by the picture below – it was a *wee* bit windy. But the Three Sisters most certainly did not disappoint and held up to their reputation as one of the Scottish Highlands must-sees! Humming the Skye Boat Song (Outlander’s theme song) while I gazed up in awe around me, I was able to see that no one had lied when they said the Highlands of Scotland are truly breath-taking. The rain and wind did not make the experience any less enjoyable but instead added to the atmospheric location and served to back-up the feeling of wonderment of just how amazing nature can be.

A Gusty Day at Glencoe

We ended our day trip with our visit to Loch Ness and Fort Augustus. *Almost* as attention-grabbing as the beautiful Loch itself was the twenty-something I witnessed who decided to take a dip in the (presumably freezing) Loch in search of the Loch Ness monster. (Do not try this at home) Unfortunately, I was unable to spot the infamous, yet elusive, Nessie. However, sitting by the shore of the legendary Loch Ness, with a nice warm meal of fish and chips from a local restaurant, more than made up for it.

A View of Loch Ness taken Near Fort Augustus

Nearby the lake, I was able to take a pleasant (if a bit rainy) stroll through Fort Augustus, home to a section of the Caledonian Canals and beautiful buildings surrounded by flowering gardens.

Shops and Homes in Fort Augustus

So, if you’re traveling in Scotland and if you’re an Outlander fan, or a fan of many of the other numerous movies and t.v shows that have been filmed in the Highlands of Scotland – venturing out to the Highlands, and to Glencoe specifically, is a must. After all, there’s a reason the Highlands have been the set locations for so many productions; there is an astonishing, natural beauty to be found in the Highlands that you can not find anywhere else in the world. The Highlands are a remarkable place for anyone to visit – verdant hills and glens, soaring peaks which disappear into the clouds, tranquil lochs, and charming villages – all beautiful sights that will make for an unforgettable visit.

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