The Scottish Highlands

Glencoe Scotland – Walking the Highlands

As we made our first windy journey through the Scottish Highlands I peered out the window, taking in the acres of sparsely populated, ancient countryside. For most of the drive we saw little sign of human life save for the odd white house stranded in the middle of vast valleys of green scrub and purple-pink thistles; huge domed or knobbly mountains capped with low-lying cloud loomed from every angle, snaking white lines of icy waterfalls drawn down their sides.

The Scottish Highlands

Arriving in the Highlands of Scotland

The two-and-a-half-hour car ride from Edinburgh to our cottage in the Scottish Highlands turned into five when we had to change course due to a road accident. We didn’t complain about the delay too much though, given that we were being treated to those first spectacular views in the last of the summer sunshine we’d experience for the next week.

Loch Earn, Scotland

Eventually it appeared beneath us, nestled at the bottom of a cluster of purple-green mountains next to the wide loch it’s named after: the tiny village of Kinlochleven where our cottage awaited. We spiralled down the road past pubs and short rows of terraced houses to our home for the next week, a yellow-doored cottage named The Nook, the base from which we’d explore the Scottish Highlands.

The Nook, Kinlochleven Scotland

Walking in Glencoe Scotland

Most things to do in the Scottish Highlands involve walking, eating and plenty of rain. After enjoying the most glorious British summer I can remember since arriving back in the UK, we got a true taste of winter thanks to the notorious Scottish Highlands weather. Despite the fact that it rained and stormed for most of our trip, we were determined to get out on some walks around Glencoe. We zipped up our coats, put on our boots and braced ourselves against the wind – here are some of the views we were rewarded with.

Loch Leven, Glencoe Scotland

Lake in Glencoe, Scotland

Views of the Mountains in Glencoe, Scotland

Walking in Glencoe, Scotland

Kinlochleven, Scotland Waterfall in the woods in Glencoe A Loch in the Scottish Highlands The Scottish Highlands View of the Scottish Highlands

After all that walking it was only fair that we stopped to refuel at the welcoming and tasty Glencoe Café where we enjoyed soup, scones, cheese platters, sandwiches and cakes – yum!  During the evening we took shelter from the rain in the equally great McDonald Hotel where my parents tried haggis and we indulged in shots of whisky.

A Hug in a Mug: Whisky, Lemon and Honey Drink

Cheese Platter in Glencoe Cafe

Tea and Scones at Glencoe Cafe

Haggis in Scotland

Drinking Glen Moray Whisky


Clootie Pudding in Scotland

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  • Catherine
    Posted at 13:10h, 23 August Reply

    That little cottage looks so cute! Love the yellow door 🙂 Sounds like the Highlands was a great place to enjoy the last of the summer sun!

    • Amy
      Posted at 15:39h, 23 August Reply

      It was cute Catherine, just a bit cold! We did get a couple of days of sunshine while we were in Scotland but on the whole it felt like winter to us after so long in Asia – we still loved the place though 🙂

  • Patti
    Posted at 19:53h, 23 August Reply

    I so want to visit Scotland one day – it just seems to have a bit of magical mystery about it. Several years ago when our son was traveling he spent some time in Scotland and absolutely loved it. You continue to inspire me with your sense of adventure! Safe travels ~

    • Amy
      Posted at 10:45h, 24 August Reply

      Thanks Patti! I think you’d love Scotland, it’s such a beautiful place that it even rivals New Zealand on the scenery-front. We now dream of going back there at some point to house sit and celebrate Hogmanay in Edinburgh 🙂

  • Rob
    Posted at 22:41h, 25 August Reply

    Ahhh miss our adopted homeland! It is sunny sometimes in Scotland I promise 🙂 That cheese board looks immense, we do miss cheese. Glad you enjoyed your trip home you have managed to dry off.

    • Amy
      Posted at 15:28h, 26 August Reply

      I believe you Rob 🙂 The cheese board was immense and now we’re back in Vietnam I’m sure it won’t take long for us to start missing cheese again too! We loved Scotland and hope to go back there next year.

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