This Fall I went to Scotland, and let me tell you... I could not believe my eyes. Everything looked like a fairy tale! The only thing missing were magical creatures walking by.
If you're ever in need of some nature, beautiful landscapes, incredibly down to earth and kind people, please go visit Scotland.
Here's a little recap of MY top 5 things to do :)
Top 5 things to do in Scotland:
1. Dunnator Castle:
Are you a Game of Thrones fan? well, even if you're not this will make you feel like you're in a fairy tale. Dunnator Castle is located on top of a cliff and the views are indescribable. I could not believe my eyes, what was in front of me was real! The views are to die for, the castle is surrounded my beautiful blue waters and surrounding cliffs.
"Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland on the northeastern coast of Scotland, about 3 kilometres south of Stonehaven. The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries, but the site is believed to have been fortified in the Early Middle Ages"
The entrance was only €7 and it was SO WORTH IT. Probably the cheapest castle to enter and easily one of the BEST castles to visit in Scotland. Be prepared to climb a-lot of stairs to get up to the castle but nothing too crazy. This is definitely not near the touristy areas so I high suggest to rent a car. We rented a car for less than €90 a day.
My dear friend Chloe if it were not for her I would not have visited Scotland. We met online, become blogging friends and that's what got me to go to visit her!
I made a whole blog post about this, if you're interested... scroll through my blog :p
The most beautiful view I've ever seen!
2. Devil's Pulpit:
If you can find this spot, you will forever be grateful you stumbled upon it. Located somewhere in Glasgow, you will find a hidden gem. The Devil's pulpit is a 100ft deep gorge covered in moss and with running red colored water. Be careful getting down there, you will need to navigate through a very STEEP man made "stairs". To be honest, I was terrified. It had been raining so the steps were slippery and the rope that is usually there to help climbers, was of course, not there on my visit.
What gear do I need?
Let's just say, I was not prepared for this and I wish I would have done more research. You will be needing the following:
- TALL rain boots, the water may seem like you can just walk through it but it will definitely reach close to your knees.
- Wear comfortable clothes, you will get dirty
- You need both hands to balance yourself through the journey, so carry a book bag
- NO BATHROOMS, bring your own toilet paper
I took hiking boots which I thought were perfect for the occasion, but they were too short! I went during the fall season so the temperatures were low and the water was FREEZING. Water got into my boots, I eventually said screw this! TOOK OFF MY BOOTS AND WALKED IN FREEZING WATERS!!!! yeah, my bones were aching. But it was fun!
One of my favorite adventures, was definitely visiting this spot
3. Arbroath Cliffs:
On my very first day of arriving to Scotland, my friend took me to what would be the first cliff I had ever seen. Arbroath Cliffs has a lovely trail at the top that leads you through the entire edge of the cliffs, not sure how long it was but definitely longer than 2 miles. Also, there are several benches for you to rest if you're tired.
OR you can be adventurous, climb down the cliff and sit down at the bottom. You can discover hidden caves and wonderful surprises at the bottom. But being at the top truly makes you feel at peace, the views are to die for. I literally stood there breathing in the fresh air and telling myself
"I can't believe I AM HERE!"
"Glamping is a portmanteau of glamour and camping and describes a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with "traditional" camping."
My friends and I decided to go glamping at Loch Tay which has the most stunning views from all around the camp grounds. This was one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had. The silence in the night, the stars, waking up in the morning and seeing magical sceneries... what more do you need?
Our Cabin was around €15 per day, It can honestly fit 4 people sleeping comfortably. But there are other options, we got the most affordable cabin.
- Fire pit
- Electric Kettle
Views from my bed :)
Views from the door step
The humble little cabin, that has everything you need! It's bigger than it seems
5. Edinburgh (duh!)
The capital of Scotland is Edinburgh and it has a mixture of historical monuments and modern day attractions. THIS is the city where you can do just about anything. From souvenir shopping, to eating a typical Scottish breakfast, hidden villages, beautiful streets, to a optical illusion museum and so much more.
I highly recommend to visit this city last on your trip to Scotland because it's close to the airport.
Camera Obscura is THE museum to visit in Edinburgh.
Traditional Scottish breakfast
Exploring the beautifully unique hidden streets (Victoria Street)
Deans Village (MUST SEE!!!)
Free Botanical Garden (probably the biggest botanical garden I've ever been to! IT'S HUGE)
MUST SHOP AT PRIMARK!!!!! Everything is so inexpensive and actually good quality
Hope you enjoyed my brief Scotland post, there is no way I could possibly describe my experience into a one blog post. I might make a second part to this because there was sooo much more that I did on my trip. I can not say it more, please make Scotland your next travel destination!