As stated in my previous post these accounts of Scotland are not necessarily in the order that we visited them, but are just highlights of some of the interesting spots along the way. On our travels north to the Isle of Skye in the Highlands of Scotland, we observed the rugged terrain of northern Scotland.The hills are rocky and barren but have a unique way of maintaining moisture. The soil is made up mostly of a rock layer covered by heavy peat moss. So when it rains the hills come alive with small streams and waterfalls that continue to flow for days after heavy rains. The peat moss holds the water like a big sponge and it seeps out slowly over time. When we first got to the Highlands there had been several dry days so a lot of the streams were not flowing. In this photo you can see some of the streams as they developed coming alive and flowing freely.We continue to drive along taking in the beautiful scenery, of little harbor towns and beautiful rugged hillsides.One of the beautiful lakes we passed was the famous Loch Ness, (Loch meaning Lake) it has crystal-clear water in beautiful views along the shoreline.This Lake is over 700 feet deep in spots you can understand how it could support the Loch Ness Monster.As we came around one corner in the distance we caught a glimpse of a strange creature.We parked and snuck up on it to get some photos.Could this be the famous Loch Ness Monster?There’s a large Loch Ness Visitor Centre with history of the lake and the mysterious creature that lives in.At the Centre there was a Mini-sub that was used to explore the depths of the Ness back in the 60sAs we continued on through the hills you get beautiful views of the surrounding landscape.
All through the Highlands you find ruins of old castles, many are open to the public and some are on private lands.Here’s a photo of Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness.One of the other stops along our way was a place called Fairy Pools.It had been raining but we were lucky enough when we stop the rain ceased and we had a beautiful views of the Misty Hills.We stopped parked along the road and took a long hike to explore the beautiful stream and pools. We put on our raingear in headed out.We hiked way back up in the hills.
Here we are heading out on our long hike.All along the way they were beautiful little waterfalls and pools crystal-clear water.Here’s a photo of Bonnie a bundle up walking along the stream.You can see the beautiful blue-green water here.
Looking at the crystal-clear pools they all had a mystical and magical look about them.We kept working our way back up the hill enjoying the scenery, if you look back to where we came from the little white specks are where the bus and cars were parked up by the road.
Here’s a photo of where we started, I zoom back in on where the vehicles were parked.We hiked back to the end of the marked trail, even though the stream continued on for miles, then we will made our way back to the car for more exploring in the countryside.We made our way to the Isle of Skye, an island way up in the tip of the Highlands of Scotland famous for its beautiful views and rugged coastline. Along the way we encountered the beautiful castle (Eilean Donan).It is considered Scotland’s most romantic castle, unfortunately we didn’t have time to tour. It’s quite famous because it’s been featured in many movies over the years. Some of the more recent were the Highlander, James Bond-The World is Not Enough, Lock Ness, Maid of Honor and The New Avengers. From there it’s just a short distance to the Isle of Skye itself, Here’s a photo as we crossed the bridge to the island.
We spent a couple nights on this island in explored some of the little port communities and beautiful countryside. Here’s a couple photos of the beautiful coastline and charming villages.
Along the way we explored several picturesque glens and valleys. There’s lots of public land to explore like this forestry area.There were hidden Fairy Glens.We get out and hike the countryside taking in the beautiful forest.Fern lined streams.And beautiful waterfalls everywhere.It was our way to get back to nature and find peace and harmony in ourselves. After exploring this part of the country we headed onto the Isles of Mall and Iola more to come on that in the next post. I leave you with a couple more photos of the beautiful countryside. Rick