I went there once.... Got some ferry sauces on the way.
To be fair on 'em i didn't stay long and it was after 4 nights cruising the highlands...
We had a bad first impression though, and didn't stick round to change it. We got to stornoway and saw our first scally kids of the whole trip, drove over barren featureless moorland and saw only pebble dashed council looking houses (they looked like council houses here on merseyside) and found nowhere good to car-sleep, so took what we could get and booked a ferry home the next day. While waiting for the ferry we drove about a bit, stopped in a dead pub for lunch where the wife and daughter of the boss-man had that 'daddy kisses with his fists please don't make him angry' look and the only two fellas there were talking about how they were going down to the docks later to see if there was any work going that day. Went to a museum where pic related was about as interesting as it got. Saw the stones and had a nice coffee which was a good thing. Some nice scenery but compared to the highlands we'd just come from it was pretty unexciting. Everybody looked depressed like in a northern mining town after the pits have shut down.
We gtfo'd and the highlands with their awesome views everywhere greeted us, and we camped on a beautiful shoreline 2 min walk from a tea room for breakfast (fuck yeah).
I've since heard it gets better than that though.
Yeah we went because we'd seen pics of the beaches but didn't stick around to find any, bad first impressions and all... Nice stars though I'll give 'em that.
>All these pictures where you can see for miles
I live there, it's not like that.
>What does /out/ think of Scotland?
It is my homeland and better than England. So there is that
Particularly around Ben Macdui and the other taller Munros in the Cairngorms, been up there twice with nary a picture of cloud to show for it.
Lol wut I just got back from 2 weeks all around Scotland, in my experience the Scottish are not interested in following rules.
Absolutely. I particularly liked the Hebrides, we did an impromptu scotch tour to Islay and Jura. The trossachs were nice, but once we were into the actual highlands I fell in love.
Pic semi related, farm where I stayed on my way north just before going through trossachs np and Loch Lomond.
One of the most beautiful places I've ever been with a great diversity of scenery. You go one way and it's sweeping hills and heather, go another and it's antique architecture and cozy towns, go yet another and it's a rocky valley with lush foliage. The only thing that seemed 'missing' were densely forested areas, areas considered forest constituted a larger stand of trees compared to elsewhere. I fell in love with too many places there to ever choose a favorite.
I was going to try and make a funny story but I am incredibly bad at writing and if I tried to make a long green text story it would be shit. So I am just going to post some images hopefully you guys understand.
But basically about a year ago i decided to walk up Scotlands highest mountain in the middle of winter with no knowledge or understanding of how to be /out/ I had never lurked this board or tried to walk up a mountain from the bottom before.
It starts out fine a nice walk up a typical Scottish hill i am thinking to my self those signs saying i need crampons and stuff were porbably for tryhards.
After a bit of walking there starts to be a bit more sonw around and the path is covered in ice maybe crampons would have been usefull.
A while after that snow coveage becomes a bit more complete.
By now i feel as if i have been walking a long time surely i am close to the top by now. The snow is quite thick at this point and it is getting more misty
At this point I am thinking hopefully i am nearly there the the snow is turning into ice and the path is a lot harder to walk on. Plus it has gotten much colder all of a sudden
Now i when i really started to worry because the ground was covered in ice and i could not see very far ahead
At this point i am just following the foot marks on the ground thinking maybe i should have prepared for this
Hours of walking through fo and pondering my imnent death later i start to come across these purty cool. There were a lot of these. The lack of visibility the cold and tiredness made the whole experience feel trippy and surreal
I am walking upon weird texture of ice now shaped into weird scales by the wind. And the fogg has started to light up!!
WOT there is a giant ball of light in the sky to Scottish people these only exist in myth and legends
Met some guy at the top who had crampons and ice picks and who were no freezing in their own sweat they must be pros. They let me follow them down throught the foggy part after that nice dudes
The Fairy Pools on Skye is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.
Mainland Scotland is great, but the Hebrides I am totally and utterly in love with.
Planning on going to the Shetland Islands this year for the first time, excited for that :)
When you're in the highlands and the mist is low and thick. You're miles from any town, and the mist deadens the air.
>dat feeling of isolation
not much to look at, but can be just as beautiful as a good view.
I am planning a walk to Skye from down in the Cotswolds next year, just don't know how long it is going to take to walk the scenic route and back.
also I used to go to South Uist with my father for fly fishing when I was younger, Ben Becula was incredible for the fifteen minutes or so before the clouds decended.
virtually no natural forest, what forest you do see, is all intensively managed conifer plantations.
IIRC natural forest in Scotland has been reduced to about 5% of what it was 200 years ago, just via clearing for livestock. Also, the 'midges' are a motherfucker.
Still, a great place though. Would love to visit again.
It's stunningly beautiful, and it's hard to put into words exactly why. Obviously the lack of forrested areas, opening up the expansive views is a part of it. I think maybe it's too do with proportions. Nothings too large, or overtly dramatic. It's all just correct. And the colours too.
Love pretty much everywhere that isn't where I live.
I'm a newfag when it comes to going on hikes and things too so I need to grab some essentials then find neat places to go explore. Looking forward to going full mountain man in the next couple of months when it starts snowing.
i did the west highland way and the great glen way this summer, with a short visit on skye for the Highland Games via jacobite train, shit was beautiful
10/10 would reccomend