Best trip of my life : Scotland, August 2018

By The French Pier - September 14, 2018

Hi again!! So I know I'm a bit late, and I know it's been a long while since I've posted anything and I'm sincerely sorry about this, but this break was due to me having to study extra hard last year and I'm now very happy to be back !

Truth to be told, I don't know if I would have come back to blogging this soon if it wasn't for that trip that I'm just too eager to tell the world about.

Long story short, a few months ago, on a cloudy monday, I was waiting for the bus and sent a text to my best friend, asking her if she had a nice sunday to pass the time. She replied telling me that she had spent the whole day planning a trip to Scotland for the summer. Needless to say I was super jealous because it's a country I've always dreamt of visiting, and because my recent obsession with Outlander had just put that country at the very top of my list. I asked her who she was planning to go there with and she replied with a simple "Well, you? If you're down for it?" and that's exactly why this girl is my best friend.

So we planned it and cried a lot during that process because we just couldn't realize that we really were doing this, and before we knew it, we found ourselves at the airport, with 11kg backpacks on our backs, ready to take off to the country of our dreams!

We started our trip in Edinburgh, and how lucky were we to be there during the festival!! I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this city... The history, the people, the sort of overall excitement during the festival... The fact that it's small enough to do anything by foot, but culturally rich enough that you could spend a week there and not have seen everything... We only spent two days there but we were really sad to leave.

Then we went to Glasgow, and it is quite a funny story because everyone we met in Edinburgh asked us why in Hell we were spending two days in Glasgow afterward and told us that there wasn't much to see there. Fact is, we were there on a Sunday, so obviously it is a little less lively than any other day, and it's true that it is a much more industrial city than Edinburgh, but I thought it was really cool to see that part of the country as well, and I really liked how "raw" it is, if that makes any sense...

Then we went to the wonderful village of Glencoe... We both agreed that we realized we really were in Scotland during the bus drive from Glasgow to Glencoe. Driving past Loch Lohmond was absolutely unreal. We arrived there and went straight for a short hike around Glencoe Lochan, which turned out to be one of the most beautiful things we saw during our trip. I'll let you judge by yourself with the pictures but we genuinely thought we were dreaming.

The next step of our trip was Fort William (Outlander fans, so of course we had to stop there!). We both admitted to be a little disappointed because there is barely anything left from the actually fort, but we were staying at the Fort William Backpackers and we just really liked sleeping in this place and talking with the people there. There is also a very nice shopping street that we probably did 5 times in one day ahah!

The thing we were probably most excited about was Skye Island. We had booked an AirBnB in Portree, and I think we couldn't have loved this island more. We went and saw the Old Man of Storr, which was absolutley unreal and I'll never shut up about how beautfiul it was! The same day we went on another little hike above Portree and it was so so different but oh so pretty as well and I think we were pretty sad to leave th day after because we felt there was still so much to do there! We woke up very early the day of our departure and went and watched the sunrise on the port.

Our last step was Inverness. I had been there once before and I am a big fan of the whole Lochness Monster legend. We had booked a Natural sustainable Yarn dyeing demo there, because we're both really interesting in these kind of things, and it was one of the most interesting things I had ever seen! I really recommend it if you're ever around. We went out that night (it was a Saturday) and quite frankly got pretty wasted, and we basically spent the sunday eating and walking to try and feel a little better... Everything was pretty much closed and there was no bus to take us to Culloden battlefield or to the Lochness anyway so we didn't do much that day. 

I have to say this is probably the best time I've ever had, and I just can't wait to go back there. I fell in love with the country, I fell in love with the people, I fell in love with who I was there, and I pretty much just can't live without my bestfriend after that. 

It's been a life changing experience for me and I really really hope you'll get the chance to visit this place someday because it is truly beautiful and Scots are just too welcoming to not try it. 

Let me know what YOU did during the summer, and if this is maybe a trip you'd like to do someday! 

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  1. Hey Lucie,

    Glad you loved Scotland, its a place very dear to my heart. You definitely saw some of the gems. Now you have to go back next summer and see the Hebrides -

    1. Hey! Oh yes, I'll definitely be going back very soon. There is too much to see and it truly felt like we didn't have enough time there. It was a first look at this country but both my friend and I agreed that we'd come back as soon as possible to see more. I've heard a lot about the Hebrides, and It'll will for sure be on the list for our next trip! Thanks a lot for your comment!

  2. I've been dying to go to Scotland!

    So cute!


    1. Well needless to say that it is a trip that I really really do recommend !! Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

  3. oh your photography skills are so good,Scotland is such a beautiful country,I'd love to visit it one day x

    1. Well there is barely anything to do in a country that beautiful! But thanks a lot for the compliment. I really recommend it, there is so much to see and so much history as well

  4. Love your photos, Scotland is such a beautiful place! Glad you enjoyed it :)

    Chloe x

    1. Thanks a lot! Yes it is really pretty, and there are way too many things to see! I just can't wait to go back ! Thank you for your lovely comment

  5. I've been wanting to do this trip FOREVER! Looks incredible.

    Christina \

  6. Lovely pictures, looks like a great place to visit someday!! xx