Edinburgh, the capital and second largest city in the country, was the center of the 18th Century Scottish Enlightenment, which transformed Scotland into one of Europe's commercial, intellectual and industrial powers. Glasgow, meanwhile, has been one of the most important industrial hubs in the world.I decided to go to Scotland on my birthday with my love. This was a super easy destination to decide since only by the photographs, it is already expected that great moments we would pass there.Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow and the famous Loch Ness were the points we saw in little more than 4 days. Thanks to my mother who gave birth in a beautiful but caotic day - last day of the year!This was a magical trip. It was the first trip I did out of my country - Portugal - with my boyfriend and I was super excited. Not to mention my birthday of course! The cold feeling was nothing compared to the warmth of the love I felt in myself as I walked through the architectural and old streets of Scotland.We stayed in a hostel on the river side where we had a typical pub so we could warm up in a certain way (if you know what I mean!).We spent our days going through as much as we could with the short time we had. You know .. being super hard workers, we could not have more off-days. And after spending a few winter days in Scotland, I'll never say that Portugal is cold!The magic that flows on the streets of Glasgow or Edinburgh are inexplicable by words. I wrote something during my first day in Edinburgh: Outside my window there's a bird. Outside my window there's life. A beautiful one. What about the Loch Ness Monster? The only one I saw was purple and made of stone.Scotland made me realize that it does not matter how much colder or how much people carry on their shoulder, as long as they standing on their feet and never get down, all the cold disappear. Magic Scotland, for sure.Cause certain things burn just when we're hanging on for dear life. We held on so tight. And there's something that I adore. And I'm certain that I'm yours.After all, life can only be understood by looking back; But it can only be lived by looking forward. With you I went to Scotland and to Turkey. With you I will travel this world and the other.
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The city tour starts from Waverley bridge right next to the train station and after 1 hour it drops you back at the same spot. I would have loved to explore this city by walk, but due to limited time in hand we had to settle for the bus ride. After a brief walk around the station area, we reach the station at 8pm and wait for our train back to London which is scheduled for 10pm. It was again an overnight journey for us and we reach London at 6am the next morning.
Old Man of HoyOld Man of Hoy is a sea stack and measures around 450 feet in height. It can be seen on the Scrabster-Stromness Ferry route but we wanted a much better and a closer view. So, we decided to walk. The Sun was out and we got some fantastic views along the way.It's a 5.75 miles (9.25 km) walk and it took us 3.5 hrs including photo stops and a half an hour break at the cliff top. It's a fairly moderate walk. Be sure to carry enough supplies as there are no shops or anything around even at the starting point.We were told by the villagers that they are visited by serious rock climbers who actually climb the 'Old Man of Hoy'. Sounds adventurous and definitely not for me!
Five Sisters of Kintail
Following this, it was a bumpy ride through the valley of the 'Five Sisters of Kintail'. The Scotts somehow seemed to be very picky about where they fought their battles. It is where the Battle of Glenshiel was fought, when Scotland joined forces with Spain against Britain. The British not only won but also killed 400 Spaniards. It is the reason why I didn't really feel like photographing the place.To be truthful, the continuous ride over the past two days had got me exhausted. But the thought of finally making it to the place where the legendary monster Nesse is said to reside, kept me going. We were finally headed towards Lochness. Since it was a long drive from Eilean Donan, Andrew kept us entertained with the various rumours about the monster, that have been doing rounds for aeons now. A particular one was truly amusing.A Scottish highlander once set out to break record of the fastest sailing boat on the lake. Unfortunately a little while into the ride, he died due to a ripple that caused a massive wave to wreck his boat. It is believed that the sound of his motor boat must have disturbed Nesse and so, the monster created the ripple to put an end to the disturbance. Wow :P Isn't that some accusation? Somehow Nesse doesn't seem like a bad monster to me. I think of him as someone like 'Casper-the friendly ghost'. Oh, how I love the tales locals have to tell about a place.Once in Lochness, there isn't much to do, especially if you are not one for expensive cruises sailing at a snail's pace on a never-ending lake. Soon I also got tired of looking for Nesse. Can't really imagine the plight of those who went sailing on a cruise ship, looking for him! While I waited for the others to return, I pampered my sweet-tooth with not just one, but two scoops of fresh Ness ice-cream and relaxed on the shore with my book. It has been my favourite reading place by far! Have you a favourite place for something specific?! I would love to hear :)On the way back, we even stopped to admire Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. This was followed by a quick lunch in Fort William.
Close to the University of Glasgow on West End and off the main Byers Street, Ashton Lane is a hub for restaurants, bars and cafè giving away a bohemian fee to the place. Know for their street parties, upcoming bands playing in the bars and the lively vibe is very popular with students and residents like wise. Very close to the Glasgow subway Ashton lane is a well kept secret of the city away from the bustling street and high rises; it always felt like we were entering a different world altogether. Definitely go to the Governor’s Café known as the Ubiquitous Chip for some Scottish cuisine and the best bloody mary’s in town.
During the last trip to Scotland, we had a lot of really classic fare from pubs and chips shops. Our lunch at Earthy was a really unusual peek into the organic, farm-to-table movement that’s happening in Scotland I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Their salads were some of the best I’ve had anywhere and a nice local cider paired well with the side of soup I also had. On a cold day, it’s the perfect place for a really hearty but healthy meal. I bet it’s a gem in the summer as well.