Saturday, October 20, 2012

Scotland- Day 3 The Highlands

I've been fortunate to live in and visit some really beautiful places in the past. I mean, Santa Monica sure isn't half bad! Living in Northern New Hampshire was beyond beautiful, although for most of the time I actually lived there, I was of the age where I didn't really pay attention to those kinds of things. I've been to Paris, all over Ireland, Budapest, Venice, Milan, Lake Como, all over the US, but today my breath was taken away many many times during our drive from Glasgow to Fort William, then up to the Glenfinnan statue and viaduct. We spent about 10 hours total in the car exploring the West Highlands of Scotland and it was like nothing I've ever seen before.

Our final destination for the day was the Glenfinnan viaduct, made popular by the movie Harry Potter. It's become one of the most iconic Scottish sights and for very good reason. With a short 7-minute walk up to the view point, we were rewarded with a 360* view of Loch Shiel, the Glenfinnan monument, the Glenfinnan viaduct, beautiful autumnal scenery reflecting off the lake and some more mountains. It was a perfect, idyllic sight to end our drive at before heading back to Glasgow.

Jill spent a lot of time saying things like, "1 point Scotland, 0 for Ireland." Or "I'm sorry, but Scotland blows Ireland outta the water." I tried to argue this point at the beginning, but then I gave up. Not because she gets to win that argument, but because what draws Jill to the Highlands is the strong desire to see a tall mountain and want to climb it...immediately or sooner! For me, Ireland will always be my place with the green green grass, the patchwork fields, the sea cliffs and rainbows and sheep-dotted fields. But I get what she's saying.

The Highlands are so different from anywhere I've ever been. There are lakes (lochs) everywhere. Opportunities for photos with reflections around every freaking corner. The mountains are huge. It is absolutely breathtaking. I don't know how many different ways I can say just how stunning it was, so I'll just keep this a brief post and share photos so you can see for yourself just how incredible the Highlands are and how you have to get yourself here sometime in your life:


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