Next month I am driving up to Scotland for a week-long holiday, and I am so excited to explore more of this beautiful country. The last time I went was around ten years ago; I visited St Andrews, with a few hours in Edinburgh. This time I have planned a whole day in Edinburgh and a week in the Cairngorms National Park. I can’t wait!
My last visit to bonny Scotland made me fall in love with the place, and I have always wanted to return, I even looked at going to university there! Now I am going once again; I have put together the reasons for my holiday.
I am lucky to live in Devon, which has some truly beautiful scenery, but nothing can compare to Scotland. The mountains, moors and everything in between just seems magical to me. It might be helped that one of my favourite shows, Outlander, is set in the highlands and makes it look wild and beautiful. I am planning a few road trips, and a walk up one of the many Munros in the Cairngorms to really appreciate its beauty.
Living in Devon has given me a renewed interest in nature and wildlife. Though I have basic knowledge of the wildlife in the UK, I always keep an eye out for something unusual. Scotland and the Cairngorms are home to a whole host of wildlife, from eagles to reindeer. Though there is a slim chance I will see much, I will be packing binoculars and keeping my fingers crossed.
Though haggis contains the rather unappetising sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, and stomach along with onion, oatmeal, suet and spices, I feel like a trip to Scotland must include a sampling of the famous dish. I am not a fussy eater by any means, (will refuse to eat mushrooms, however) and will try anything once, so then, I at least know whether I like it.
The city of Edinburgh is where J.K. Rowling started writing the Harry Potter books, and the fictional school Hogwarts is located in Scotland too. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, so part of the draw of Edinburgh is its many connections to Rowling and Potter. There are the cafes The Elephant House and Spoon, Greyfriar’s Kirkyard and a few other spots connected to the wizarding world of Harry Potter I will be sure to check out during my visit.
Inverness and Loch Ness
Inverness has a lot of interesting history I am excited to explore, such as Urquhart Castle and Fort George and I will take a short trip to Culloden, the site of a major battle in the Jacobite Uprising in 1746. Then there is Loch Ness, the largest volume of freshwater in the British Isles. I doubt I will see the legendary Loch Ness Monster, but I have always been interested in seeing the huge loch.