09 June 2011

Highlands Road Trip!

Yes, that's right. 

I may have started and ended my Scottish vacation in Edinburgh, but the highlight of the trip was a week-long, driving-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-road roadtrip of the Highlands. Amie (who I met all those years ago at the same conference where I met Joe), Vita (Amie's Chinese classmate), and I all wanted to see as much of Scotland as possible. 

So, where did we go? 


We started and ended the trip in Edinburgh, and worked our way around the country counterclockwise. From Edinburgh, we took the train to St. Andrews for an afternoon, and then a second train to Aberdeen to spend the first night. 

St. Andrews.

Aberdeen.

After spending the day wandering Aberdeen, we picked up a rental car and then took a six hour ferry ride across the North Sea to Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands. 

Orkney Islands.

We spent a day exploring some ancient sites on the Orkney Islands before catching a very rough ferry crossing to Thruse where we drove for five hours on one-lane roads to spend the night in Durness. 

Durness.

Reluctantly we took ourselves away from the stunning beauty of the northwest coast to drive to the Isle of Skye. Skye is a much beloved tourist destination that the three of us didn't feel the love for, so we were happy to drive up Loch Ness to spend the next night in Inverness. 

Skye.

Inverness.

After we tried to find the Loch Ness Monster, we drove further south to Invergarry (which was special for reasons that will be revealed), which is a tiny little village by Fort Augustus on the map. 

Loch Ness.

Invergarry.

After a night in Invergarry, we drove through the foggy Glen Coe before making our way to Glasgow. 

Glen Coe. 

Glasgow.

From Glasgow we made our way back to Edinburgh, where we took a day trip to Linlithgow before finally turning in our ride. 

Linlithgow.

Edinburgh.

It was an amazing vacation and I can't wait to share it with y'all!

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