The Scottish Highlands are truly one of the most beautiful and magical places in the world. You will find rugged, stunning landscapes, numerous inviting lochs, rocky beaches, majestic mountains and an abundance of wildlife. This corner of the globe should be on every traveler’s bucket list.
Our Highland adventure included the Backies, a region in the northeastern part of the Highlands where you will find charming villages, castles, lochs, miles of deserted coastline, distilleries and that crazy, fickle weather that is typical of Scotland. A colleague said to me “people don’t go to Scotland for the weather!” The locals say, “just wait ten minutes and the weather will change.” We certainly found that to be true; rain, wind, sun, ominous looking clouds, repeat.
We went to the Backies in October, 2017, to visit some dear friends who live in the area. We stayed in their home, and they were our tour guides for our three day visit. One of our first stops was a hike to Loch Brora (pictured above). Thankfully, it didn’t rain while were were hiking, but the wind was fierce!
We also visited a broch; brochs are ancient, stone-walled structures that date back to the Iron Age. They are found in northern Scotland and provided shelter and safety for locals and animals during invasions.
Dunrobin Castle was also on our itinerary. The home of the Sutherlands, this fairy tale looking castle seems a little out of place in the rugged Highlands. The castle and gardens are open to the public and are well worth a visit.
Not far from Dunrobin Castle are the ruins of Skelbo Castle, overlooking Loch Fleet. Another interesting place to visit.
Another stop during our visit was a tour of Clynelish Distillery. If you enjoy Scottish whisky, I highly recommend this tour; it’s educational, packed with interesting facts about the history and making of scotch, and is loads of fun as well.
And, as always, I enjoyed taking photos of the area.
We had a wonderful visit with our dear friends that included lots of laughter, lively conversation, great meals (including haggis!) long walks and the fondness that comes with spending time together. I’m looking forward to visiting them again someday.
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