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The Scottish Highlands

Updated: Feb 7, 2019

One of the most atmospheric places on earth, the Scottish Highlands captures the imagination of most, with bold rock formations and enormous lakes. As a kid, I spent the a large proportion of my school holiday's exploring western Scotland in all weathers and I've fallen in love with the place ever since.

In the summer of 2018, myself and Holly went and explored Avimore, the Isle of Skye and Glencoe. The weather was very mixed as expected with glorious sunshine and clear blue skies to sideways rain and high force winds.

We camped at the enter for the first night where we watched the sun set over Loch Morlich before pushing across to the Isle of Skye via Eilean Donan Castle.

Eilean Donan Castle sits on the edge of Loch Duich, with rich maroon and purple mountains in the foreground. It is recognised as one of the most iconic landmarks in Scotland, located where three great lochs meet and was built in the mid 13th century. It is still in fantastic condition to this day.

From Eilean Donan Castle we ventured across the Skye Bridge and straight up to the Old Man of Storr. We arrived late afternoon and made the way up the track, which takes about 45 minutes to climb with our tent and camping gear on our backs. When we found a good spot that looked across to the incredible rock formations, we set up our tent. The weather progressively got worse through the evening and into the night but waking up to that view was more than worth it.

From the Oldman of Storr, we headed towards Elgol where we couldn't help but stop the car and capture one of the icons of Scotland, a Highland cow. With their long hair and long horns, they are my favourite breed of cattle and certainly one of the most photogenic.

One of my favourite coastal spots on the west coast is Elgol, a very small fishing village with a school, that arguably has one of the best views in Scotland. It looks across to the peaks on the island of Soay.

From Elgol, we slowly made our way towards Glen Coe, going via one of the most famous bridges, which is very well known to Harry Potter fans. The Glenfinnan Viaduct is a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line, which is located at the top of Loch Shiel in Glenfinnan. It has appeared in four Harry Potter films and is a magnificent bit of architecture in idilic surroundings of mountains and trees.

The following day after camping in Kinlochleven, we went and hunted down two of the most photographed buildings in Glen Coe.