I have to admit to feeling a bit homesick of late. I live in a beautiful country, which has many similarities to the beautiful country I grew up in. Having recently been to Adelaide in South Australia, a state which feels it has been left out of the tourist stakes by its flashier cousins to the east, it got me thinking about my home country of Scotland, an amazing country that is often overlooked. In some parts of the world, Scotland is considered as nothing more than a state of England, or a country of little significance in the world, or one not worth making the effort to visit. Worst still, is that many people who do visit go nowhere other than Edinburgh and maybe Loch Ness to try and spot a mythical creature that doesn’t even exist. The amount of people I’ve met on my many travels who regale me with their trip to Scotland when in actual fact they saw little more than the capital city is astounding. Certainly, being a Glaswegian, I can’t deny my biased preference for the country’s largest city, but the beauty of Scotland lies in its myriad of islands scattered all up the west coast and to the north, and in the ruggedness of the mainland’s west coast and stark isolation, as well as the endearing draw of the National Parks. Whilst I could write multiple posts about this amazing country, I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves.
Cairngorm National Park.
Loch An Eilein in the Rothiemurchus forest
Glen Clova in Cairngorm National Park
Heather in bloom in Glen Muick
Old boathouse at Loch Muick
Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park.
CITIES & TOWNS:
Flying over the suburbs of Glasgow
Strathclyde Park in Glasgow
Forth Rail Bridge across the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle as viewed from the back
The city of Edinburgh viewed from Arthur’s Seat
Union Square Gardens, Aberdeen
River Dee frozen in winter
The river Ness passing through Inverness
Kessock Bridge spanning the Beauly Firth near Inverness
Crinnan Canal outside Fort William
Flying over Perth
Isle of Arran – Firth of Clyde.
Goatfell on Arran
Barra – Outer Hebrides.
Traigh Sgurabhal with Beinn Sgurabhal in the background
Cidhe Eolaigearraidh, with Fuday across the bay
On Barra, looking towards Orosaigh
Benbecula – Outer Hebrides.
Rueval summit, Benbecula
Berneray – Outer Hebrides.
Sandy beach on Berneray
Looking across to Ensay & Killegray from Beinn Shleibhe on Berneray
Looking towards Ensay & Killegray from a beach on Berneray
Sand dunes on Berneray
Bute – Firth of Clyde.
Cows on the Isle of Bute
Looking towards Isle of Arran from Isle of Bute
Cumbrae – Firth of Clyde.
Millport on Cumbrae
Eriskay – Outer Hebrides.
Flodda – Outer Hebrides.
Gigha – Inner Hebrides.
Achamore House on Gigha
Looking towards Islay from Gigha
Beautiful Gigha coastline
Grimsay – Outer Hebrides.
Iona – Inner Hebrides.
Isle of May – Firth of Forth.
Looking towards the lighthouse on Isle of May
Lismore – Inner Hebrides.
Flying over Lismore Island
Isle of Mull – Inner Hebrides.
Tobermory, Isle of Mull
The barren west of Mull
West coast of Mull
Abandoned boats on the Mull coastline
North Uist – Outer Hebrides.
Triagh Iar, North Uist
Oitir Mhor, North Uist
Isle of Skye – Inner Hebrides.
Point of Ness, Durnish
Loch Slaplin with the Cuillins Range behind
South Uist – Outer Hebrides.
Road sign at the South Uist to Eriskay causeway
Looking towards Eriskay from South Uist
Ludag, South Uist
Beautiful, secluded, white sandy beach
Staffa – Inner Hebrides.
Fingall’s Cave, Staffa
Ulva – Inner Hebrides.
Vatersay – Outer Hebrides.
Kyle of Loch Alsh with the Skye bridge
Loch Duich in the lowering sun
Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness
Flying over the mountains to the east of Oban
Ben More & Loch Lubhair
Near Loch Kinnord
Balmedie beach north of Aberdeen
North Sea coastline at Slain’s Castle
Ythan Estuary at Newburgh
Sand dune near Newburgh
Beach south of Collieston
Loch Turret reservoir
Queen’s View, Loch Tummel
St Fillans on the bank of Loch Earn
South-eastern corner of the Kingdom of Fife
Patchwork quilt of farmland in Fife