Monday, 12 September 2016

The magic of Scotland

Land of ancient volcanoes
 

Where the mist really does roll in from the sea


Where beaches are clean and free from litter, people and marine rubbish


Where lochs glisten in the sunshine


Where there are more sheep on the roads than cars


Where hairy highland cattle people watch


Oh and I really wasn't kidding about the volcanoes!


We had a fabulous holiday in Scotland. Scotland and the Scottish people have truly embraced the spirit of tourism and should be very proud of their superb attitude to visitors to the area. The service they provide is in complete contrast to the attitude towards tourists visiting Torbay.

If you have never been to Scotland I hope this post and the following two posts will inspire you to go. A magical place for me, it has always felt like home and I continue to love it twenty years since my first visit.

It's taken ages to get this post and the others ready, but I'm hoping by the end of this month that life will return to normal as I reduce my working week.

Hope you are all well
SeagullSuzie

14 comments:

  1. Along with such a lovely post Suzie you have a very smart new look here too. I lived in Scotland for 6 years, and do try to return back again every few years.

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    1. Thank you Rosemary, how lucky to have lived in Scotland. It would be my dream to live there for a while and try it out. If we were rich I would have a place there!
      Trying out a new look without changing the title or doing a new blog. Hoping very soon to have my life back with working less and starting to catch up on everyones blog posts.

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  2. Oh My Goodness, what beautiful photos. I loved when I visited Scotland. So beautiful.
    I so miss living by the ocean. I could feel and smell the salt air from your photos.
    But we did not have any big hairy cattle running around.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. We went to a very remote part of the West Highland Coast. One night we got the last ferry back and hubby said great there'll be no-one on the road home (at least 1hr 40 mins of single track road). He was right, no cars, no people, just animals everywhere, deer, sheep, and cattle...it took ages to get home that night.

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  3. Outstanding photos! Makes me want to get on the plane now. The one and only time I have been to Scotland was before I got married over 40 years ago. It is a wonderful memory not only of those incredible sights but also the hospitality of the Scots we met. Time for another visit and thanks for sharing your lovely trip with us.

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    1. Oh Denise you must try to go again, I'm sure you and Gregg would just love it, great hospitality too. I've got 2 more posts with some great photos...especially of Harry!

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  4. Fabulous. I love Scotland too. Looking forward to the next two posts.

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    1. Thank you, Scotland is just so beautiful...but I didn't see one single eagle, the lady at the tourist information said lots of tourists see buzzards and think they're eagles...ha ha...I saw lots of buzzards!

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  5. These are fabulous photos & I love the new look!
    Hasn't the weather been wonderful? It is a beautiful place - I agree with you, but you hardly live on the doorstep to it. Did you drive up?

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    1. Thanks Sarah, yes just fancied a change to the look-cleaner lines and less clutter and I like the way the photos display.
      Oh it was one hell of a drive...we did it in two journeys, stopping in the Lake District overnight each way. Would much rather fly and might do that next time leaving the dog with a friend, although we would miss him.

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    2. Beautiful photos, Suzie. I love the new look, too! I'd love to go back to Scotland's highlands and Islands - so much beautiful scenery and wildlife. I've been lucky, I've only ever enjoyed good weather there.

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    3. Thanks Wendy, I fancied a change as I don't live in Brixham now and just wanted it to be a bit simpler. We have had great weather most of the time, but one year we went and for two days had severe storms. We couldn't actually open the front door of the chalet the wind was so strong on one day, and we got soaked on the second...but saw some seals as we walked along the shoreline.

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  6. Love the new blog look and so glad you had such a superb holiday - wonderful photos and I look forward to seeing more. We went up there about 15 years ago when my son and daughter were much younger and had a wonderful time. All that space with no people!! Would love to go but as you say it is a heck of a way. We stopped not far from Kingussie and it took us about 8 hours plus we did a lot of driving when there to try and fit in as much as we could.

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  7. Many thanks. It's still just as beautiful 20 years on, but maybe a few more tea shops and places to stop for food than before. All those years ago places were often shut outside of the six week school holidays. We are thinking of going to Mull next year and actually staying on the island.

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