On October 3rd and 4th, I visited the Highlands and the Isle of Skye with ISUK Tours. You know how, sometimes, with university work and the feeling of not being at home you forget why you really wanted to come here… Well, that weekend helped me remember why. I came to Scotland to see exactly what I saw over there.
Our first stop was in the city of Luss, where we can admire the Loch Lomond. We left early from University of Glasgow so when we got to the loch, the sun was rising – it was beautiful.
If there’s a gift shop you want to shop to, it’s in Luss. I’m going back there to buy some souvenirs and gifts for sure!
We then, stopped at Loch Tulla, a really beautiful viewpoint. And then there was Glencoe. Famous for it’s scenery you can observe in many movies like Skyfall and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, it was honestly breath taking. Surrounded by the Highlands, the 3 sister-mountains right in front of us, we could have spent the whole day there and I’m pretty sure no one would have protested. In this picture, I took of my jacket to take a picture with my home university t-shirt!
We had lunch at Fort William and then stopped by another wonderful viewpoint, Loch Garry. One of my favourite stops was next: Eilean Donan Castle. This castle is the one you’ll see on every touristic brochure of Scotland and it’s shown in many movies. As a teenager, I couldn’t get enough of the romantic comedy Made of Honor and the sight of this castle was like a dream come true. I remember watching this movie so many times… Not really because of the story, even though it’s sweet and funny, but mostly because I was promising myself every time I watched it that I would visit this place someday. When we left, I had tears in my eyes because I knew I had fulfilled a promise I made to myself a long time ago: to visit Scotland.
We arrived to the Isle of Skye late afternoon. The hostel was perfectly located just between the ruins of Caisteal Maol and the Skye Bridge. We walked to both sights before dinner and then had a great meal at Saucy Mary’s. The next day, a couple of friends and I woke up before sunrise to take pictures of the sun coming up behind the ruins of the castle. I caught an intense cold because of that chilly morning, but the pictures were worth it.
That day we visited Isle of Skye and I can’t put in words its beauty. There’s a reason it’s the most beautiful island of Scotland and I’ll let you see it for yourself and stop with the pictures right here. If you wish to see more, I’m gradually posting them on my Instagram: valerie031910
Honestly, at the first or second stop I was already feeling like the trip was worth the money and when I came back, I had a renewed passion for my host country and home for four months. I already know that four months will never be enough to satisfy me, but I’ll take what I can get.
Go on this tour or do it yourself, but make sure you visit all these places while you are here, you're so close to them!