United Kingdom · 9 Days · 14 Moments · August 2012

Tamara Toppler

10 days through Scotland

4 September 2012

No Kilchurn Castle but new friends instead On our last day we wanted to see Kilchurn Castle and travelled to Dalmally by coach. Dalmally looked like a lost city like in a western with two houses and no sign of humans anywhere. We found out the actual church was too far away for us to walk. We finally saw someone on the street, a friendly lady inviting us in for some tea and biscuits (since it started raining to make it even more miserable). There was a group of old ladies who met for their weekly knitting session. We talked for hours and it was one of those unforgettable moments of a journey when everything goes wrong and then you find something even better instead.

3 September 2012

Myrtle Bank Guesthouse The Myrtle Bank guest house is right in front of the loch and we sat there for a few hours in the sun with an amazing few over the mountains enjoying some tea. This is a brilliant place to stay over night!
Fort William Fort William is a cute city near Ben Nevis which is the biggest mountain in Great Britain. There's is not much to see in town but a it is a good point to start hitchhiking from or just to relax for a day since it is a really peaceful place.

2 September 2012

Loch Ness Loch Ness is a really stunning lake and due to its great depth, it is the largest loch by volume in Great Britain. Urquhart Castle is the centre point you will go to when you visit the lake. There are two or three Nessie Museums which are quite cute but not really worth seeing if you don't have kids with you.

1 September 2012

Oak Villa In general the scottish people are amazingly friendly and so was the family from our guest house. The Oak Villa was a really cheap and super nice place to stay and I can only recommend it.
Inverness Inverness was our first stop to explore Scotland's Highlands. We travelled by coach so it was nice to drive through the amazing landscape. With a car it would be even better cause you can stop where you want to take some picture or walk off for a bit. Inverness is a cute little town and a good starting point to explore the Highlands. In general the scottish people are amazingly friendly and so was the family from our guest house. The Oak Villa was a really cheap and super nice place to stay and I can only recommend it.

31 August 2012

Dunnothar Castle Scotland has loads of impressive castles but Dunnothar Castle is surely one of the most beautiful ones. The scenery around it makes it so special and a little boy in traditional clothing played the bagpipe which made it truly scottish. We made the mistake to walk to the castle from Stonehaven which took a while but looking back it was a wonderful walk where we met some nice people.

30 August 2012

Silver City with the Golden Sands Aberdeen is a really nice city and called the silver city because most of the buildings are made out of grey granite, which can sparkle like silver due to their high mica contents. I haven't tried the beach put apparently it's also really nice. A walk around the centre at night time has something magical and you get to see so many nice little restaurants and bars and interesting spots.

29 August 2012

Braemar Highland Games We were lucky to be in Scotland in september to see one of the best highland games of the country. The one we saw is called Braemar Gathering and usually visited by the royal family as well. It was probably the best day of the whole trip! Loads of people and you will hear bagpipes for a month but it is definitely worth a visit.

28 August 2012

Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle is really impressive and a must see for history fans. I would reccomend to get the audio guide since there is lots to see and with a bit of information it makes it more interesting. Actors run around with costumes which makes the whole experience more real and at 1pm there is “One O'Clock Gun fire time“ which happens every day (except Sunday) at precisely 13:00, allowing citizens and visitors to check their clocks and watches.

27 August 2012

Calton Hill Calton Hill is a monument hill in the middle of Edinburgh and the perfect spot for an overview of the city and the hill Arthur's Seat. It's also a wonderful place to relax for a while to rest from an exhausting sightseeig day.
Haggis !!!! The people from Great Britain aren't really knows for their good food, but trust me, Scotland has some really nice specialities. One of them is called Haggis. It contains sheep's pluck (heart, liver and lungs). It might not really look delicious but it tastes super good! If you are a meat fan in general you should like it :) We all 5 did at least. You can find it pretty much in any pub or restaurant everywhere in Scotland.
St Giles Cathedral In the middle of Edinburgh on the royal mile is a beautiful cathedral called St Giles. We spend hours in there since it has so many interesting details to look at and it is a really peaceful place. Luckily we we're there in time for a harp concert and it was one of the most memorable moments of the trip! It was simply beautiful! Definitely something you should see.
Airbnb Accommodation We searched for ages to find a cheap accommodation which was nice, clean and close to the centre. We found the best ones via Airbnb and decided for a nice friendly flat for 5 people for less than 20 pounds per night. I would definitely recommend you to do the same if you don't have money for a 4 star hotel.