After seeing these photos, you will want to pack your bags and move to Scotland as soon as possible!
For the longest time, I have always said the American Southwest is my favorite place in the world. I think I found my new favorite place.
Don’t get me wrong, I still adore the southwest to no end and will forever tell everyone that will listen they need to go. However, Scotland now holds the top spot.
After just two photos, you can see that Scotland has some stunning scenery and wildlife. Snow-capped mountains in the Highlands and red deer roam freely across the landscape.
And sheep. The sheep go where they please, including on the roads. But they’re so cute and fluffy you won’t really mind the temporary roadblock.
When you do make it to one of the coasts, the sea is as blue as the water in the Caribbean. It definitely isn’t as warm, but who needs to go swimming when you can watch the massive waves crash against the gorgeous sandy beach.
Castles are everywhere in Scotland. Around every corner of the road and in every clearing you can spot one. Some of them have been kept well by historical preservations societies, while others, like Slains Castle, have fallen into ruin.
The geology. How can a geology student go to a place so geologically awesome and not mention it at least once?
According to the sign overlooking this loch, this is the most stunning view in all of Britain. This is also the most exciting for geologists.
Scotland has the most waterfalls I have ever seen on a single road trip. There were small ones, just a tiny trickling of water making its way down a mountain slope, to massive rivers roaring over drops carved into the bedrock from decades of erosion.
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Did I mention the beaches? I’m a beachy kind of girl on the chilly days where I can sit there and watch the waves roll in and enjoy the salty breeze coming in off the water. I didn’t want to leave this beach!
Depending on where you are in Scotland and when you are there, the roads have almost no one on them. Another great thing about the roads is they are all paved!
The most remote roads follow the sea for miles and you’ll have the most breathtaking views.
The roads that don’t follow the sea and take you inland also have stunning views of glacial valleys and random little lochs.
Snow! I’m a northern girl through and through. I need seasons and snow in the winter to make the year feel complete. This snow was up in the mountain pass of Bealach na Ba and it was chilly up there, but the view from the top made braving the cool, snowy breeze without a jacket so worth it.
Scotland has plenty of hairy highland cows too. They’re so cute and fluffy. I tried to get this guy to look at me, but he couldn’t stop munching on the grass.
The moss. I have to mention the moss because there was so much of it almost everywhere. I’m odd and think moss is pretty cool too! It’s so green!
Have you been to Scotland? What was your favorite part?
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