Road trips in Scotland are one of the best ways to enjoy a holiday. While many roads are narrow, the drivers are courteous, giving you a chance to get out into the countryside of this beautiful country. On this particular trip, we drove through many of the small villages in the Highlands, stopping in little cafes for coffee, lunch and a good chat. It is also great that the country is relatively small, so getting around many areas is not daunting.
The scenery is quite lovely as the country is lush with trees, bush, and (if you go at the right time of the year - generally July to October) heather. In fact, in this image, the hill directly in the middle of the image would be awash with the pink/purple colour of heather if I had been there during the season.
The weather can be challenging as it can change quickly, and there are, seemingly, almost always, many clouds making you guess whether there is rain around the corner. That changing weather, I think, makes the scenes that much more interesting, especially when there is a mist in the mountains (not uncommon at all).
Because of the ever-changing nature of the weather, I tend to take quite a few photos (thank goodness for digital) as I never know what the sky will be when I turn a corner - it can change that much!
This particular trip was concentrated in "The Highlands" region, a short drive from Edinburgh (or Glasgow). Renowned for hiking, biking, and everything outdoors (fishing is quite popular, too), you will run into many hardy types enjoying themselves in nature. Where there is rain (anywhere in the United Kingdom fits this category), there is water, and you will find one Loch (lake) after another. In addition, there are castles - both restored and in ruins - throughout the journey, adding to the region's colour.
Again, as you'll see in all of my "stories", I virtually never travel within a tour wanting the flexibility of heading off individually, I love finding the back roads (always knowing that even if I get lost, someone will help, and the road will take me somewhere interesting). I enjoy heading off to places where the big tourist busses don't fit, so I have an area "to myself". This image proves that not even much local traffic was around, allowing for an enjoyable and relaxing drive!
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