Scotland is a beautiful country. This lush, beautiful country is bursting with green spaces and fertile farmland. From dense forests and compact wild landscapes, towering mountains and vast lochs (the Scottish word for lakes!) with beautiful beaches and far-reaching sea views.
My Scotland trip started in Edinburgh, a beautiful city. Edinburgh is a lovely city full of rich history, vibrant culture, and delicious food. I stayed at Apex Waterloo Place Hotel, a lovely hotel with its very own charm. From the comfortable and well-equipped bedrooms to the stylish restaurant and bar, the hotel is an ideal place for exploring the city. What I love most about Edinburgh is that it’s not a city that you look around and wonder why you went there, like other big cities. There’s a special feeling in Edinburgh that makes you fall in love instantly. I visited Edinburgh Castle. It was incredible and a highlight of my trip! It can be seen from just about everywhere in Edinburgh, and with its dark and mossy stone construction, it looks and feels like a stereotypical castle. The views of the city from the castle are unsurpassed. As with almost every castle, from its vantage point, it’s obvious why the castle was built on this rock–one can see for miles in every direction. It’s also home to the honors of Scotland, the nation’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny.
One of my favorite things I enjoyed while in Edinburgh was the Scottish Galleries. The very reason I was drawn into a gallery is my love for art, the need for pictorial stimulation, and the desire to be exposed to new ideas. The galleries were full of fascinating visual art. From national collections and major touring exhibitions in cities to small local studios, see a range of artworks in all kinds of media by major international artists, famous Scottish painters, and artisan crafters. One thing I love and admire about the galleries is that they boast delightful cafés offering superb local produce and home baking. This is indeed a seamless pit stop for when your feet get tired!
For a long time, Whisky tasting has been on my wish list of things to explore. I couldn’t imagine myself visiting a whiskey exporting country without enjoying a dram here and there. I visited The Scotch Whisky Experience, an attraction telling the tale of Scotland's national drink with high-tech exhibits and a barrel ride. Whenever you visit Scotland, try and give yourself a break, relax, and enjoy Scottish whiskey!
Sight hiking in the Scottish Highlands is so special. With a landscape so rich, it’s inevitable that Scotland has some of the best hikes in the world. To be that close to the Scottish Highlands, you’ll have to hike in them.
I also visited Glencoe to take in some scenery such as the waterfall and landscapes, etc. Glencoe is magnificent. To me, it’s the most stunning place on mainland Scotland. Glencoe valley and the whole drive there are fantastic! I also had a good city sightseeing experience and walked around town to see the wild countryside. Indeed Scottish cities are worth a visit too!
Finally, Loch Ness a must-visit location for searching for the Loch Ness Monster or Nessie. It is much more tranquil and pleasant here. I cruised the lake; there’s a rather epic feeling that overtakes you on the loch. The surrounding area is of outstanding natural beauty. It's well suited for a stroll or picnic to remember. I stayed and had lunch at a wonderful little restaurant here, which was on the banks of the River Ness. It has an excellent reputation for service and style.
Scotland is a magical country, and while I fell utterly in love with Edinburgh, the further north I traveled in the country – the more I fell in love. From the Scottish Galleries to The Scotch Whiskey Experience and sight hiking in the Scottish Highlands, the countryside courted my heart and ultimately stole it.