The Highlands – Weekly Travel Photo

Scottish Highlands

It is no secret that Scotland is one of my favorite places in Europe.  Perhaps it is because I’m a child of the Colorado Rockies, or perhaps it is solely the pure rawness and majestic glory of Scotland.  A large part of the discussion about Scotland revolves around the Scottish highlands, and they are without question worth every ounce of praise they receive.  That being said, it is Scotland as a whole which is a wealth of incredible cliffs, wondrous lochs, and gorgeous glens.

This particular shot was taken en route between Scotland’s famous Glen Coe and its equally famous and picturesque Eilean Donan Castle.  I love it because it highlights the raw beauty, and incredible light that defines the Scottish Highlands. The true brilliance of Scotland as a destination is that it is, as a whole, a destination. Far too often a nation’s wonders, natural beauty and charm are relegated to a few small areas inundated with tourists and cheesy shops. With Scotland, breathtaking moments like this are everywhere. The challenge is less a matter of finding them and more a matter of battling the weather long enough that it breaks.  Yet, even the surly Scottish weather is part of the country’s deep charm. It provides grand vistas, beautiful waterfalls and perpetual change set to an ancient natural backdrop.

Scotland is a must visit and somewhere I hope each and every one of you find your way to. Just be forewarned. One visit is almost never enough.

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Alex Berger

I am a travel blogger and photographer. I also am involved in academic research into the study abroad and backpacker communities.

9 Comments

  1. Damn – I was tossing up whether or not to put Scotland on my official “bucklist”. Well, you’ve now convinced me. Sounds like I’ll have to plan to visit more than once!
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  2. Really beautiful photo.
    The highlands are high on my list (pardon the pun) right after Iceland.
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  3. I love traveling specially tracking and camping on a peak of mountain. Nice post thumb up.

  4. Incredible view ! great picture
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  5. Vinod Sharmasays:

    Glad you liked Scotland Alex. It is a ten hour drive for us from London, but offers superb landscapes and great hiking. Glencoe is a magical region. I have only managed to get up there 3 times in the last two years. Did you ever get to see the Lake District region in Cumbria, England? That area is beautiful as well.

    • I haven’t! In truth I have a lot more of England to explore. I’ve neglected it in favor of Ireland and Scotland. Every time I go back to Scotland I fall more and more in love with it! I just got back from a 7 day trip up to Ullapool and Durness. That region is absolutely spectacular and gives Glencoe a major run for its money!

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