Don't sit at home.
I think it was about 2 years ago when I was in Scotland for two or three weeks. And I have to say, I really enjoyed it. We rent a car and we drove from Edinburgh up to the Isle of Skye all by the coast. Although I live in Switzerland and the shape of the landscape is almost the same, it was nevertheless amazing and different. There are so many castles and so many lovely places on the road, you’ll really love it.
The cities I remember are Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Oban and Strathpeffer.
Short story: We were in Inverness and the weather was a disaster then, and we also didn’t find a B&B (Bed & Breakfast), so we went to a Indian restaurant and we searched there (it was 8pm) a hotel with a very bad internet connection. It was a real disaster. Nobody found one and no one could enjoy the meal, so I started to search for a cheap hotel and I found one in Strathpeffer, that’s why I can remember this place and the hotel there was absolutely great. I also can recommend you that. Well, when we got there, it was 11:30pm I think and the porter just woke up for us, he already was in his pyjamas. So, if you’re somehow the porter from a hotel in Strathpeffer and you had to wake up at midnight for us, we’re really sorry for that.
Another thing you have to consider is the number of CASTLES there. Don’t be a fool and stop every time when you see a castle, because around the next corner, there could be another one (when you’re traveling through the land with a car). Just look in the internet for the best ones and stop there, when you think it’s really worth it.
Also don’t forget to take off the car alarm-system when someone’s in the car sleeping. Yeah, it happened to me and it wasn’t a fun. I woke up and I moved myself a little bit, because I wanted to listen to the radio and well, the alarm went on and everyone for about 2 miles or more could hear the alarm and I was just like, yeah bro, I’m the smartest person alive. My family came back half an hour, so I just sat in the car, waiting for them, every other person just looked inside and looked at me and I was like: „Please, don’t look inside anymore, I’m stupid, my family is stupid, the car is stupid, why the hell don’t we have cookies in the car?!“. So, don’t be stupid and never leave a person in the car with the alarm-system on. Thank you
THE FOOD there is typical for this country. That means, that the speciality is seafood and fish & chips. You can get fish and chips almost everywhere, when you’re in a restaurant or when you want to take it as a takeaway with you.
I recommend you to spend one to two weeks there and you should really rent a car. It’s really worth it to see the „whole“ country.
A really good advice I have for you is to spent the nights in a B&B and not in a hotel (unless you have a fortune, but then you can spent it to a person who hasn’t as much as you do. Read my last BLOG.). Consider, that you have to book the B&B’s in tourist-times and also in cities where it’s popular. And don’t forget, that some B&B’s is serving from a family, so it’s like a family „company“. And be nice to everyone. Those peoples also were really kind to me and I really appreciate that.
So, don’t just visit the well-known cities. You should also travel off-road and go to the cliffs on the beach. I really loved Isle of Skye.
Another short story: We were driving to the Isle of Skye and suddenly we saw a French man walking and he was a backpacker (I really want to do this once in my life). So we took him with us and he had a gun so we got kicked out of the car, but our car has a self-destruction and so he d….no just kidding. He was as I mentioned really friendly and he was very happy to have a ride. He’s a French and when we got there (It was near a cliff), he built his little tent and it was a really good experience. That shows me, that there are super kind persons and there are people who aren’t just living in a 5-star hotel and just doing sightseeing.
Also take a camera with you! It’s worth it and don’t make the same mistake as I did. You really need the camera, because it’s really beautiful. For me, this trip was absolutely amazing and I give 10/10 points. It’s in my memories forever and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.