I managed to check out the islands while doing a road trip around Scotland and I would have to say, the Orkney Islands excited me and I came away full of knowledge I didn’t have. The islands have some of the finest archaeological sites in Europe, it has a Neolithic and Viking past and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Isle of Skye is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations and it’s easy to see why when you experience the raw nature ofCuillin Mountains and the lochs which penetrate every nook and cranny of the island. It’s disheartening that the Inner Hebrides’ biggest island is only six hours away from Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, yet many Scots have yet to be enchanted by the West Coast of Scotland. Here is how Craig and I (Gemma), along with our good friends, Gordon and Jen G, spent two nights on the Isle of Skye.
Scotland is one of my favourite places in the world which our 3 day road trip proved to me once again. We drove quite a few miles each day, making sure not to miss the most important places. We started our trip in Edinburgh, made our way to Cairngorms National Park, Inverness and arrived at Loch Ness when the sun was setting. On our second day, we drove through Fort Augustus to Ben Nevis and Glen Coe, made a quick trip to Oban before driving to Loch Lomond. On our last day we took a boat trip on Loch Lomond, visited Inchmahome Priory before driving to Stirling and then back to Edinburgh.
We didn’t have much time in Edinburgh but I knew I must visit the Edinburgh Castle. The castle is located at the end of the Royal Mile at the top of a hill overlooking the city. I heard the castle was very significant from a historical perspective and was excited about the great views. Since there really is a lot to see at the castle, I thought I would highlight my favorites.
When you visit the Isle of Skye, you will definitely notice a fairy theme. The scenery feels like something out of a fairy tale and there are many stories about fairies and the Isle of Skye. One of the most famous being the story of the fairy flag. So not surprisingly, the Fairy Pools is one of the most popular attractions on the Isle of Skye. It’s a beautiful area with crystal clear pools and several waterfalls.
Edinburgh is a perfect example of old and new, though I am more partial to the old. I love the cobblestoned streets, the old Victorian architecture all brimming with history. The beautiful walking trails and of course the free museums. It seems everywhere you turn in Edinburgh, there’s a story, even some Ghost Stories.
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