The Best of the Scottish Highlands
When I moved to London Scotland was at the top of my list of places to visit. The beautiful scenery, history and opportunities to learn about my ancestry put Scotland at the top of my travel list.
I’ve travelled to Scotland with Haggis Adventures on their 7 day Coast to Coast tour and Macbackpackers 5 day Highland Fling. Both companies offer trips with other 18 – 35s that are great value for money and pack in loads of activities into a short space of time. These are my highlights from exploring the Scottish Highlands:
The first stop on my Haggis tour was Morag’s Lodge in Fort Augustus. It’s right on the edge of Loch Ness and was a great place to get to know the group and get a feel for the week ahead. We tried haggis, sped up and down the loch on a rib boat and took in the scenery.
We rolled into Portree after spending the day learning about giants, fairies, and kelpies. Portree is a small fishing village with colourful houses along the waterfront and a base many use to start exploring the island.
From beginning to end, the Isle of Skye was epic. We hiked the Trotternish Peninsula and took in the views of the rock formations, high cliffs and the Old Mann of Storr before hitting the road again to check out Ben Nevis and Glencoe.
A ceilidh (‘kay-lee’) is the Gaelic word for gathering. It’s three hours of the best entertainment and a huge night out in Oban. We were walked from our accommodation to the venue by a man playing bag pipes and had a go at Scottish dancing to live music and danced the night away when the venue turned into a club for the night.
The ‘Hogwarts Express’ was a perfect end to my 7 day adventure with Haggis Adventures. The Jacobite Steam Train runs across the famous Glenfinnan viaduct and takes in some incredible scenery from Fort William to Mallaig. It was a highlight of my time in Scotland and something I’ll never forget.