Scotland Journals

The roads to the Isles

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An April 2012 trip to Scotland by MagdaDH_AlexH

Rannoch Moor Photo, Scottish Highlands, Scotland More Photos
Quote: On the way to the Isle of Skye (and beyond to Outer Hebrides), with routes and points of interest.

Highlands, what Highlands?

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Photo of Scottish Highlands, Scotland
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The Highlands are a different world: less so than ever before, perhaps, due to migrations, global culture and gentrification brought by newcomers and holiday-home owners, but still, the northern lands of Scotland are a special place indeed. Culturally, it's not easy to disentangle all the ''romance of Scotland'' kitsch and tartan tat, and people (not all them Scots) will spend a lot of time trying to explain what's ''authentic'' and what's not – and the non-authentic label is frequently attached to the Walter-Scott instigated pageantry of the kilts, clan tartans and (most of the) Scottish Dancing. It sometimes feels like after the Highland spirit and the ''real'' Highland culture was emasc...Read More

Roads to the Islands, part 2

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Glen Coe/Glencoe Visitor Centre Photo, Glencoe, Scotland
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Following the brief look at the main road routes to the Isle of Skye in the ''Roads to the Islands, part 1'', here is a more detailed description of the route options. Option (1) is essentially A9, reached from Glasgow via M9 and from Edinburgh by M90.(1) From Perth follow A9 all the way to Inverness. The landscape past Perth gets interesting, though not particularly dramatic and you get some nice views of the mountains and hilly country around Pitlochry. The road continues through the Cairngorms, which are rather bleak and not my favourite Scottish hills, and then enters beautifully located Inverness. There you will turn (almost) back on yourself and enter the Great Glen. A82 ...Read More

The Roads to the Islands, part 1

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Skye Bridge Photo, Scotland, United Kingdom
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The Scottish Highlands are undoubtedly among the most beautiful areas of Europe if not the world, and the visual interest of the landscape is compounded by the historical, cultural and wildlife aspects of the area. Among the Highland locations, the Islands have a special place, and Skye is one of the most accessible and most stunning of the Isles. From there, the Outer Hebrides (Harris/Lewis, Uist, Benbecula and Barra). Historically, a lot of Scottish past has been played in this area, with the Irish, Viking and possibly Pictish influences mixing and clashing; later on followed by the indelible mark made on the Scottish social and historical landscape by the Jacobite wars. A vi...Read More

Commando Memorial

Attraction | "Good memorial in a stunning location"

Commando Memorial Photo, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
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The Spean Bridge Commando Memorial remembers the soldiers who trained in the Scottish Highlands during the WW2 to then embark on special tasks, often behind the enemy lines. The memorial is located high up on a pass, with fantastic views of the surrounding Highland countryside, including the Ben Nevis range. Even if military remembrance is not high on your agenda, it's very good as a viewpoint. But the memorial itself is also quite compelling; a fairly low-key, realistic bronze of three soldiers in combat gear, facing out while at the same time supporting and covering each other's back; the positioning and the expressions emphasise the comradeship and trust essential for succes...Read More

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Commando Memorial
One Mile from Spean Bridge Village
Scottish Highlands

Glen Coe/Glencoe Visitor Centre

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Attraction | "The fourth wonder"

Buachaille Etive Mor Photo, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
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Glen Coe (Gleann Comhan in Gaelic) is a glen (valley) located in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, part of the National Scenic Area of Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. It is owned and administered by The National Trust for Scotland who run a visitor centre with an exhibition presenting natural and social history of the area (charge applies, 6 GBP at 2012 prices). The glen is 16km long and it's entered from the west from Rannoch Moor, heralded from afar by the characteristic shape of Buachaille Etive Mor, marking the beginning of both Glen Coe and the neighbouring Glen Etive. On the southern side of the glen there are also Buachaille Etive Beag, Three Sisters, and Bidean nam Bian. On the...Read More

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Glen Coe/Glencoe Visitor Centre
A82, 1 Mile East of Glencoe Village
Highlands of Scotland