As if walking the West Highland Way in Scotland (in fabulous weather) wasn’t enough, I had to then drive up to the Northwest of Scotland. Then I had to make my way to the Isle of Skye.
How does a wee country like Scotland (it’s about the size of South Carolina) have so much beauty? So much diversity? And so many wonderful people?
It’s an incredible place.
And I’m officially in love …
I wish I had loads more time here.
And by here I mean about anywhere in this country but I’d probably say mostly the west and the north and the islands.
But there will be a next time.
Scotland is a popular destination. As a travel planner, I get to come back and do more research.
I know. Lucky me.
I’m already making notes on where I want to return to and other places I want to explore. The list is growing!
It’s hard to put into words exactly what makes Scotland so special.
There are definite similarities with Ireland. And I’d say some of the places I’ve been in Scotland remind me of Connemara or Donegal in Ireland.
But Scotland is still very much its own country. And is still different from Ireland.
So many places I’ve been feel even more remote and more rugged than Ireland. It feels a bit rougher. Kind of how Donegal felt compared to the rest of Ireland.
The people are just as warm and friendly as the Irish. But I think they may even be more fiercely proud and independent which is strange considering they’re still part of the UK (for now at least).
Of course, I still need to get to Edinburgh where I know things will be slightly more “English” and maybe a bit less “Scottish.” It may be more refined, so to speak.
But I don’t think it will change my mind about Scotland.
It’s definitely a country that has gotten under my skin — and found its way into my heart.