Dear readers, if you ever have the chance to visit or move to Scotland, do it. Don’t think about it; just pack a bag and leave (I know, I’m so realistic). I think the part I miss most is the beauty of everything. I was trying to think of something to post today when I came across these gorgeous pictures in our travel collection. I remember exploring this area like it was yesterday.
We were supposed to go camping outside of Glasgow that weekend but since the weather was gorgeous which is sometimes a rarity, every single campsite in that vicinity was booked. Instead, we decided to stay in Aberdeen and explore. I had wanted to visit Bullers of Buchan, which is a collapsed cave surrounded by huge cliffs, but we got distracted a little South of that and stopped at Cruden Bay where Malcolm got peed on by an obnoxious Collie. The sand and water was a little dirty from all the warm-weather traffic, but that didn’t deter the swimmers. How do the Scottish swim in freezing cold water? Anyway, the view alone made this beach beautiful.
After Malcolm got peed on and ate his fair share of sand, we decided to head to the next street to visit Slains Castle. We found a small, unmarked car park off of A975 and followed a dirt path to the castle. The path was very long, went through a dead-ish looking field, and didn’t offer much to see, but when we got closer to the castle, we noticed all of the cliffs on the coastline. The colors in Scotland are vivid and make any view look like it’s out of a movie, and even though the castle wasn’t a beauty, it was interesting enough and its placement on the coastline made it a must-see. Most of the castle ruins are maintained by Historic Scotland (we had a membership), but this one must have been overlooked — maybe because being that close to a cliff is dangerous for tourists. Thus, it was full of broken glass and random debris in certain areas. Because of this I wouldn’t recommend bringing a small child or dog. I ended up carrying Malcolm through the castle and when we reached the other side we kept him on his leash because of the drop offs.
I was absolutely in love with all of the wild flowers and the views of the North Sea. We decided to disobey the signs and climb down some of the cliffs to get great shots of the nature surrounding us.
Doesn’t Scotland look like a fairytale? I made one of the photos black and white and changed the color of a castle photo, but other than that, these photos are completely untouched. I’m definitely missing it today.
Have you ever been to Scotland?
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