Scotland radiates a mysterious, jaw-dropping beauty. Fairytale castles, glorious tartan, dramatic mountains, never ending lochs, and quaint little villages will stimulate your senses without having to had a drop of their revered whisky. A photo tour of my travels throughout Scotland, I hope you enjoy viewing the rolling hills of the highlands to historic architecture, cobblestone streets, and gardens. With camera in hand, I set out with anticipation at what met me around every bend of the narrow roads, caught up in the mere beauty of it all.
Cheeky Hippie Coo
The Highland cows, or coos if you want the proper Gaelic accent, are a Scottish cattle breed. They have thick shaggy hair to keep them warm on the windy, rainy Scottish days. If you believe the Scottish postcards, Highland cattle are everywhere. Well, that’s not quite true. As a matter of fact, they are rather elusive. Hours after roaming the countryside, there was nary a coo in sight. I finally spotted this family on the Isle of Skye with much help from an old-timer Scotsman who took me right to them.
Bagpipes & Kilts
“Nothing is worn under the kilt Madam – it’s all in perfect working order”!
Country Homes, Stately Manors & Castles
Dotted around throughout the country, and many still occupied, Scotland’s centuries old castles are a sight to see. Once battle ravaged fortresses and grimly death practices, they are now a definition of romance.
Scotland has a lot of sheep. A lot. Raised for their meat (and tasty organs) as well as their wool, these hardy sheep survive harsh cold winters while living on rugged landscapes.
The Bonnie Gardens
Scotland is horticultural heaven. It’s impossible not to get swept up in the romance of it all. A riot of color and velvety finish, Scotland boasts some of the most beautiful gardens.
Quaint Fishing Villages
There is no question Scotland is host to some of the most picturesque harbors. Red-tiled rooftops, whitewash and stone-built houses speckle the landscape as fishing boats jostle for position.
Beer, haggis, and chippies
Some ‘burghs’ in Scotland date back centuries. They can be described as glamorous, romantic, theatrical and ghostly. Shopping abounds here, and pubs offer visitors a warm and cozy atmosphere with great choices of beer, whisky and wine, along with Scottish food. Not always known for the fun place to be, many years ago The Last Drop Tavern was the location where public hangings took place.