A weekend trip to Scotland turned out to be a wonderful and unforgettable time. Not without any problems: with renting a car, problems with a bank transfer, disconnected bank servers. The beginning was not nice, but nevertheless the whole trip was amazing. We landed at the airport in Glasgow, and having had a hard night we finally received the car and went to the north of Scotland starting from Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
1. URQUHART CASTLE AND THURSO
First stop – Urquhart Castle or actually the ruins of the historic castle (done) and we had to hurry to Thurso (as after 6 p.m. it’s getting dark, so sightseeing didn’t make any sense). So the decision for next day was to wake up at 6 in the morning and make up the lost time. And actually it worked out .Quick woke up, breakfast and start. Of course, we could not avoid driving up to the port of Thurso and enjoying the local surfers. The water was so cold, but they handled.
2. JOHN O’GROATS
We went back to the town of John o‘Groats where you can feel as if you were at the end of the world and even at the entrance of the town welcomes us: “Welcome at the end of the road”. Wonderful place …. we arranged ourselves there a little picnic-well, I had hot tea in a thermos (earl grey which I adore), and I sincerely recommend the idea of taking a thermos with warm drink.
Then we went to Bettyhill, where we basically had no intention to stop, however, our attention caught the word “beach” – Farr Bay, well, that was a good idea, because the bay proved to be one of the most beautiful places of our trip.Definitely we must return there during summer time.
Then the obligatory Smoo Cave in Durness and again unearthly beach. Visiting is possible all year, unfortunately in March (during our stay) it is not allowed to admire 3rd chamber because it is necessary to get there by boat. However, this is the next reason to come back there in spring or summer.
Going down to Ullapool you can find a small port town where we could admire such an amazing landscape which how wonderful it is can be only expressed by a picture as I’m running out of adjectives.
We finished the trip in Inverness, a beautiful city which we had an opportunity to admire only at night.
Mandatory „fish & chips”- we had never eaten the dish so had to try however,it wasn’t tasty especially for us – we are not keen on fish.
But the beer in „The Castle Tavern” was very tasty. Tired and satisfied we fell into a comfortable bed in an idyllic and angelic place Park Guest House.
Scotland surprised me totally in a positive sense of course. I felt as if I had been on a different planet but in reality I was only a few hours from home (by plane). Picturesque landscapes, omnipresent silence and feeling of freedom combined with admiration and unbelieving emotion that there are such places in the world where you can feel happiness being alone (not mentioning trip accompany). I promised to myself that I will come back to Scotland one day and feel again free.
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