One of the best rewarded travels to whom who want to get lost in the purest wilderness while driving though country roads is in the Scottish highlands. After all the road trips I’ve done in my live, I would probably choose the roads of Scotland as the best to immerse yourself among isolated charmed landscapes. Whereas the Outback in Australia is vast and wide or the Rockies in Canada are gigantic, the Highlands are nothing but simply mighty. It spreads out a kind of special essence that makes great drive throughout the country.
We reached the highlands departing from Edinburgh in a dark night of september 2007. Our first stop that night was Findhorn, a town that took us 3 hours of mostly country ways ride (with suicide rabbits crossing every now and then) to get to it. Eventually we were officially in the highlands so once there we spent 4 days visiting as many places as we could before our back in Edinburgh to see the Rugby World Cup game Scotland – New Zealand.
In a further post I’ll tell you about how was the game!
The first stop after Findhorn was Ullapool, the town i liked the most, settled down in a long peninsula surrounded by water all the way long to its very last edge the town is the perfect location to explore the isolated lochs and places of the northern west coast.
The road which goes out from town to the north.
a castle remainings somewhere a couple of hours driving north from Ullapool.
From Ullapool to the world famous Island of Skye the roads where nothing but incredibly awesome, covering all the coast line on an snaky way the views are a mix of both sea and peaks infested of lakes on their hill bottoms. Rarely you can see either people or cars, making this place seems like if it was from an prehistoric era.
The thistle, the symbol Scotland bears in its rugby badge as a reminding of its victory upon england long time ago…
No sooner you enter in the Island of Skye that you got all the seen before in the highlands magnified to the most, in fact the island is known as the holder of the best Scottish landscapes as you can see in the pictures below.
This cow is endemic of these lands.
This is me in… Mordor, don’t tell me that this spot doesn’t remind it to you!
In further posts I’ll narrate you more about some features of the island and its castles, the iconic Elian Donan Castle and our way back to Edinburgh, tale that even includes a car crash over a tree (thanks God no injuries… 🙂 )at the shore of Loch Ness… To be continued…