TAKING A DEEP BREATH
First of all, those travelling to Scotland should like rain and that light touch of drizzle that’s usually in the air. The issue of mosquitoes is unfortunately also relevant; at least in the summer months in the northwest of Great Britain. But in any case, by only checking out the cliché, monotonous, beautiful green of Scotland, will mean you are missing out on a lot. The Scots have much more to offer than just bagpipes, tartan skirts, sea monsters like Nessie and good old whiskey. The relatively sparsely populated country with its various lonely and mountainous landscapes has many breathtaking attractions to offer, of which only very few are aware.
Colourful gardens of historical tradition
Despite its proximity to the Atlantic, Scotland has a surprisingly temperate climate which makes many parts of the country have an amazingly exotic flora. The reason for this is the Gulf Stream, which creates a warm microclimate. The linguistic diversity in Scotland is similarly exotic. In addition to English, the West Germanic language Lowland Scots and Scottish Gaelic are also spoken. Scottish Gaelic, by the way, is to blame for words as peculiar as “Loch”, the name for water surfaces of all kinds. These are frequently encountered while travelling through Scotland. Loch Ness, the second largest lake in Scotland, should be familiar to everyone. However, a visit is not quite worth it.
Since the Scots, like other Brits, have a historically trained hand for gardening, you will often find elaborately designed flowerbeds and manicured parks in this part of the island, some of them with an almost cheesy splendour. Since these are often laid out as part of a castle’s or palace’s grounds, it is often difficult to say what is more impressive; the rich variety of architecture or the green and colourful floral compositions.
Hiking along wildly picturesque coastal paths or through green mossy mountain landscapes, sightseeing the numerous castles, fortresses and ruins with their exciting stories, taking a pleasant stroll, and enjoying a wide selection of fresh seafood from the Atlantic or strange delicacies such as Scotland’s national dish, Haggis and the inevitable black pudding, are just some of the many incredible activities at your disposal. And there’s definitely no lack of breathtaking views and unspoilt landscapes.
Glen Coe: Hiking with a luggage delivery service in the most romantic valley in the world
Hikers definitely get their money’s worth in Scotland. One of the most popular routes is the Scottish West Highland Way, which begins at Glasgow and leads to Fort William. It ends near Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland. A particular highlight on this route is the Glen Coe Valley, famous for its lush green beauty. The whole trail takes about six to nine days.
Many of the average 50,000 hikers per year actually approach their journey quite professionally by using a delivery service to have their luggage delivered directly to the pre-booked guesthouses along the way. This way your back is free of heavy luggage during the hike, and makes a trip with a rental car even more relaxing, allowing you to combine hiking and sightseeing in a leisurely way. Of course, the narrow, winding roads and the left-hand traffic take a little getting used to.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House: An unconventional architectural experiment
On the stretch between Glasgow and the mentioned Glencoe Valley, there is an insider tip for all design and architecture fans, and it is definitely worth a detour. Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House near Helensburgh. The design of this distinctive private villa is utterly captivating due to an indefinable variety of styles such as art nouveau, arts and crafts and elements of Japanese architecture. The decorative patterns are continued in specially made furniture and textiles throughout its interior. For the viewing of the inside rooms, the garden (see above!) and a cup of tea in the stylish mini café you should really consider taking some time.
The Blair Castle, built in 1269, is also worth a visit. It’s in a very well renovated condition and opens daily for tourists to explore. The Atholl Highlanders, the only legal private army in Europe, are still stationed at the castle today, but these days they only act as ceremonial guards.
In conclusion, Scotland is one of the world’s most liveable countries
A holiday alone is not enough to do justice to Scotland’s diversity. And if you have explored the mainland in all directions, including the two metropolises Edinburgh and Glasgow with all their highlights, there are also the islands to explore. The hustle and bustle is something the polite and friendly Scots don’t like at all, by the way, in fact, this may also be one of the reasons why Scotland is regularly curated as one of the happiest and most liveable countries in the world. With patience, an extra cup of fine British tea and a sweet pastry, living is simply more enjoyable.