I was lucky enough to spend a weekend up in Scotland recently… god I love the Highlands.
It had been about 4 years since my last visit with my pals Gordon & Hazel. They live in a tiny village called Kilmacolm, it’s only 20 minutes west of Glasgow, but you’d swear you were hours away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
I always sleep well when I go to Scotland.. must be something in the air, that sweet fresh air! Fresh was definitely the word of the weekend, it was arctic temperatures, but it definitely didn’t feel like summer when the central heating is still required and you find yourself wearing 2 sometimes 3 layers… I can understand the Scot’s frustrations with their so-called summer.. it doesn’t look like it will improve anytime soon!
We went on a road trip north, past the vast Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s more famous Loch’s (although my hosts weren’t too sure why), through the rain and mist and up through Glencoe where the infamous battle was fought back in the 16th century. Past the brave mountaineers and hikers trudging along in the rain. Despite the weather, I was still able to marvel at the land’s beauty. When the rain cleared enough to see the mountains we were driving past, you could see the natural waterfalls spilling down the crevices. Everytime I see them, it astounds me that these giant green mountains and valleys have been there for centuries, untouched. Coming from a very flat land, I still marvel at the fact that land can naturally form like that! (crazy I know..)
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On my last day, I ventured into Glasgow, a city I have not really been able to explore in the past as it is usually the transit point for my trips. It is a city of change, that is evident in the buildings alone. We began in the old part of the city, taking in the Necroplois which is situated on a huge hill overlooking the whole city… which on a better weather day would have given us a view far and wide… as it was, we couldn’t see a whole lot. We did however, get a good look at Glasgow Cathedral, which sits on the other side of the hill.
I then had a gander at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, a free museum that offers everything from natural history through to crusaders and convicts! I found all the Scottish history really interesting, the Jacobites and their fight for their clans.
My trip was very brief, but it was enough to remind me of how much I love this country. I am now making plans to go back and explore the entire place!