the most beautiful place in the world – how scotland captured my heart

If you have been reading here for a time you know that two years ago I travelled to Scotland (see the old blog post here).

I fell in love with the country back then and have been longing to go back. With a few days off at the start of the month J and I decided to take a short trip to the Isle of Skye, a place we hadn’t managed to fit into our schedule two years ago. The flight to Glasgow was over in a wink but the drive up into the highlands took several hours, plenty of time for J to practice driving on the left side of the road, for me to gasp at the countryside and for us both to make some scenic detours…scotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogWe visited Kilchurn Castle and drove along beautiful Glen Etive, stopped for a bite to eat at the fantastic Ben Nevis Inn (what a lovely place!) and arrived on Skye rather late and tired.

After indulging in a hearty breakfast the next morning including porridge, homemade banana bread and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon (so good!) we set out for some serious walking. First stop was the “Old Man of Storr”, an absolutely stunning landscape.

scotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogI think the pictures pretty much speak for themselves. Screaming, really🙂

Ever since we got out of Glasgow we had found ourselves in breathtakingly beautiful surroundings and every corner we turned provided us with more unbelievable views. Walking in this landscape is simply a dream.

A pretty demanding one I’ll admit. I haven’t been able to do any sports in the past year (save some hikes in Canada) and am sadly out of shape.

The Quiraing was next.scotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogWhat I love about walking in Scotland is that there are sheep and cattle everywhere looking curiously at you panting past.

scotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogOn our second day on Skye we visited Skyeskyns, a wonderful local sheepskin workshop that offers informative tours on their handmade processing of sheepskins.

I just had to do some yarn shopping too of course and picked up a few skeins at the Shilasdair shop. They have a little exhibition on dyeing with local plants which was very interesting.

We saw the ruins of two Iron Age brochs, Dun Fiadhairt and Dun Beag, impressive structures slowly crumbling among the grass and blooming heather.

scotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogWe had left what would turn out to be my personal highlight for last – a walk to the Fairy Pools near Glenbrittle. Situated at the foot of the Cuillin mountain range this landscape just takes your breath away. Oh, and the wind did too. It was so windy that day that I was actually, physically blown over once. Good thing we had decided earlier to skip a walk near high cliffs that day *mustnotkillmyselfwhileonholiday*.

scotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogWe said goodbye to Skye all to soon and with a heavy heart. One last warm breakfast at lovely Blairdhu House and then it was off again on the road.

Bye teddybear cattle!

scotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogWe had decided to do a completely touristy thing on the way and visit a distillery. We took a tour at the Edradour distillery which turned out to be so much fun! The smallest distillery in Scotland, they produce only small quantities of whisky, a lot of the process still by hand involving century old machinery.  We also got to taste the whisky and a whisky cream mix (like Baileys but so much better). I had never thought about how whisky is really made and found it fascinating.

scotland. little home by hand blogscotland. little home by hand blogMy only regret in this holiday: we could easily have stayed three times as long and it would still have been too short. In Scotland I have found the country I want to return to again and again, savoring the landscape, the people, the language.

Highlands, I’ll be back. For sure.

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29 thoughts on “the most beautiful place in the world – how scotland captured my heart

  1. Heather-Joan Carls

    Hi! A guy my Dad used to work with raises a couple of the Scottish Highland Cattle. They are some crazy cows! You aren’t used to looking at such at hairy beasts when all you see is short haired cows 🙂
    And you saw me in Scotland ‘heather’! Heather is very, very beautiful. I hope to see it one day in person. For now. I have to settle to see it only in pictures. Imagine my surprise but excitement too when I found out my name is derived from the wild heather of Scotland and England. I was not named after the flowers, but a soap opera villain on one of the soap operas my Mom used to watch lolz 😀
    All in all, I am so glad to see I am in still along for the ride with you 🙂 Have a great weekend, my friend.

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  2. Zoe May

    Amazing photos! Everything is so magical, and those cows look so cuddly😀

    Scotland is definitely one of the first northern hemisphere places I want to visit. I have been pining over all your instagram photos! My pre-convict ancestors actually had a castle there (Dunrobin, I think), and when my grandparents visited recently they were invited to stay a night!

    Can’t wait to see your next adventure🙂
    x. Zoe

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Thanks, Zoe. It IS magical, it’s hard to describe it really. Too bad you have such a long way to travel here. I’d love to see Australia and New Zealand sometime but the day long flight is really putting me off. How amazing that your family is originally from Scotland!

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  3. sallock

    This looks great, Kristina! Gorgeous dreamy photos! Scotland is on my list too because in 2009 we went to Ireland on a roadtrip. Even though it rained for half of the time, I remember it as my best holiday. Nature is rough and very green there.

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Oh yes, Ireland is definitely on my list too. I lived in the south of Ireland for a year when I was seventeen and I have been longing to go back for ages. Hope you get to see Scotland soon🙂

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  4. Elise

    I’m so glad you love Scotland! Your pictures are so beautiful, the fairy pools look magical, I’m dying to go there. Even living in Scotland I haven’t done nearly as much exploring as I’d like haha🙂

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Oh, I’m so jealous you live in Scotland. Really, really jealous. Definitely make the time to go to Skye for a few days or even a long weekend! It IS just magical🙂

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  5. lealacoste

    stunning! Outlander has turned Scotland into an official obsession of mine (like I didn’t have enough already!) I’m considering going to Edinburgh next March for a Wool Festival and maybe later on go on a week long hike like the West Highland Way!

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    1. Kristina Post author

      I’ve been wanting to do the West Highland Way too ever since I first visited Scotland. I couldn’t this year because of a problem with my back but I’m hoping to do it sometime in the next few years. Hope you get to do it🙂

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  6. black label

    Like you, we also fell in love with Scotland when we visited 3 years ago. It was so breathtakingly beautiful & we didnt even get to the Highlands. Definitely want to go back!!

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  7. Katha

    I fell for New Zealand the way you fell for Scotland so I am with you 100%! Scotland fascinates me, too, and the accent is very peculiar but So lovely, I think. Thank you for sharing the photos and shaking awake my wanderlust again. I want to go, not just to Scotland but also back to Ireland which I have visited for 2 weeks a couple of years ago and found very beautiful as well. Too many places to see, not enough time and money … but dreams last for a lifetime, don’t they?😉

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  8. Ana GR

    I have my heart divided: There’s Scotland, but there’s amazing Ireland too.
    Definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit, and I will have to repeat, because it was so long ago that I didn’t have my camera with me.
    Your photos are so beautiful that they make me feel like I’m there.

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  9. Inge

    Oh my, it is absolutely breathtaking! I’ve never been to Scotland, but it is high up on my list of countries to visit. I’ve been dreaming of England lately and we are going there soon! But planning the trip, it became all too clear that we would never have enough time to visit all the beautiful places there, and I didn’t even start to think about taking in Scotland as well (even though I wanted to after I saw your photos on instagram!). I wish I could travel much more often to visit all these beautiful places, but at least the UK is close by for us (unlike New Zealand that I absolutely loved, but wonder if I’ll ever visit again). Truly love these photos, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Have a wonderful time in England! I’m sure you’ll love it. I would love to see Australia and New Zealand sometime but I’ll likely never pluck up the courage for the 23-hour flight.

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  10. Chloe

    Thanks so much for sharing your fantastic photos and experiences – Scotland does look very enticing! I haven’t been much of a rural traveller recently, (I love to visit new cities), but I’m being lured in by your posts & descriptions. I think I even have some hiking boots somewhere…

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  12. Planet Millie

    These photos are so beautiful, they make me want to go back to Scotland. I haven’t been for years!

    Someone else has already commented on this, but I agree that you need to visit Ireland too. Especially the west coast, where it meets the Atlantic. It’s a beautiful country as well, and you’d enjoy it!

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Thank you! Where in Scotland did you go? I actually lived in Ireland for a year as a teenager and yes, it’s so beautiful too! I only visited the west coast briefly but west Cork is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world!

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      1. Planet Millie

        In Scotland I went right to the top, to Loch Assynt and Cape Wrath and inbetween! It’s beautiful up there, but very isolated.

        In Ireland I stayed in County Sligo near Drumcliffe (where Yeats is buried). Also beautiful, and what surprised me is how blue the Atlantic is! I live on the east coast of England and the North Sea is so brown! I just assumed all british seasides were like that!

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        1. Kristina Post author

          That’s funny, I’ve been to both Ireland and Scotland but haven’t seen the places you went. I’d love to go up to the very top of Scotland🙂

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