One of my favorite movies of all time? Braveheart, every time I see him it tears my heart out and I cry excited like a calf. One of the absolute protagonists of the film? the Scottish landscape that takes your breath away for its grandeur? and the melancholy it evokes. This motivation combined with many enthusiastic reviews from friends convinced me to organize a little romantic holiday in Scotland. Unfortunately, there were only 5 days available and we tried to condense what we thought was the best of Scotland from guides and reviews. Here is my itinerary in the Highlands with the stages described day by day!
Our tour started in Edinburgh since? L? that we landed from Amsterdam.
Edinburgh? a small favor, to go around lazily on foot and in which to gorge on butter sweets without too much delay, but where entertainment is certainly not lacking given the university nightlife that runs through her veins.
Edinburgh? a very pleasant leisure destination for anyone: those looking for art and culture, who wants to understand if? It is true that Scots and English cannot suffer, those who want to get drunk with folk music, those who want to spend time kissing leaning against the castle wall.
Here is a selection of the things I saw, did, ate and drank during my weekend in Scotland's capital!
Go to Greyfriars Cemetery early in the morning. In front of the entrance gate is the statue of Bobby, the little dog who has spent 14 years watching over his master's grave.
Sit in the Grassmarket and watch life go by: historic execution site at the foot of the castle,? today one of the arteries of the city? buzzing with pubs, restaurants and shops.
Lose yourself in the gothic night atmosphere of Edinburgh between alleys and sinister noises.
Climb up to Calton Hill for one of the best views over the city.
Go to the small shops to look for high quality cashmere sweaters.
LOCH NESS AND PLOCKTON
On the third day, did we rent a car with the Green Motion rental company? which I recommend as reliable and cheap? and we left Edinburgh on our way to Loch Ness. To be honest, the history of Loch Ness, however evocative, has never particularly impressed me, but we decided to go there anyway after reading many articles online that talk about the beauty of the road between Edinburgh and Inverness. We trusted and? it was really worth it: the stretch of the A9 to cover passes through woods made of sage-colored bushes and purple trees that would be the setting for an enchanted landscape.
Arrived in Inverness? a town near the lake where the River Ness flows into the sea? we stopped for lunch at the Caf? 1 (their Angus fillet would make a vegetarian waver!) And we left along the lake towards Plockton.
Plockton? a fishing village on the west coast composed of a delightful row of houses overlooking the sea and? the ideal stop for a stop on your way to Skye, relax and eat some superlative seafood.
Did we have dinner at Plockton Shores restaurant? their plate of crustaceans and molluscs? to lose your mind? and we stayed overnight at the Plockton Hotel which gave us a rare sea view and peace.
ISLAND OF SKYE, GLENCOE AND LOCH LOMOND
The next day we left Plockton and went to one of the most popular places. most beautiful places I've ever been in my life: the Isle of Skye. The landscape ? breathtaking and sometimes lunar. The water ? everywhere: the sea that becomes a river and vice versa, the rugged mountains that suddenly blend gently with meadows dotted with thousands of sheep. The sky ? blue, then gray full of rain and then blue again, the colors of the earth vary from straw yellow to deep green to brown in many shades. If you want you could stop for days on this island and take walks, bike rides or boat trips. Unfortunately in our case the time available was too short and we limited ourselves to turning it in the car. The road runs fast, the landscape keeps changing, the mind? free ...
One of the reasons why I would return to Skye tomorrow? the restaurant that responds to the name of The three chimneys, which is located in one of the most? remote areas of the island and which uses almost entirely ingredients from the island. I was won over by the dish based on black pudding (similar to our black pudding) and pumpkin and the very fresh scallops.
Reluctantly departed from Skye, after a couple of hours by car we took the A82 road and found ourselves surrounded by the wonderful scenery of Glencoe (it is here that Mel Gibson and his companions filmed among the most beautiful scenes of Braveheart).
Our day? ended with the arrival at the Lake of Menteith Hotel, on the edge of Lake Menteith and in the heart of Loch Lomond National Park.
ST. ANDREWS, EDINBURGH AND RETURN HOME
On the fifth and last day we set off exploring the lush Loch Lomond park and then headed to St. Andrews, a university town famous for being the birthplace of the game of golf. The Open Championship is still held here, the most? ancient and prestigious golf tournament. Time to take a walk downtown, have a coffee? and it was already? time to go back to Edinburgh and take the flight back home ...