The Scottish Highlands

Many people visit Scotland and never see the most beautiful part of the country. We were among them, only having ever been to Edinburgh on a couple of occasions. Luckily, we found Haggis Adventures, a Scottish tour company built for backpackers who want to see all the sights but also have a great time with like-minded travelers along the way. We joined them on their 3 day Skye High tour of The Highlands, and it did not disappoint! Not only did we see some of the most beautiful natural sights (more on that later), we were in a small group of young and lively travelers with an awesome guide. We stayed two nights on Loch Ness (no Nessie sightings, unfortunately!) in a cozy little hostel with a candle lit bar that played throwback tunes and served locally brewed beer. The communal aspect of the tour was one of our favorite things, by the end we felt like part of a little family, touring around the country in a big yellow Mercedes bus. Young and solo travelers, this tour is for you! You’ll be able to see the best of The Highlands (with informative yet entertaining commentary from your Haggis guide) but also have some pretty cool people to grab a beer with at the end of a long day. Now, more about The Highlands…

For those who don’t know, The Highlands are a historic region of Scotland. The region became culturally distinguishable from the Lowlands in the Middle Ages. In modern times, the difference seems to be more geographic than cultural. As you travel north from Edinburgh, the landscapes begin to change. By the time you pass over the bridge into the Isle of Skye, you feel as though you’ve entered another world. Dramatic cliffs, deep valleys, natural waterfalls and dark Lochs unfold in front of you, increasing in size and scope the further north you go. As photographers, we were completely entranced and wildly snapping for almost the whole tour.

We cannot recommend seeing this part of Scotland enough, it would be the perfect pairing to a couple days in Edinburgh. Many thanks to Haggis Adventures for a fun and wild ride, we couldn’t have seen what we did in 3 days without them. Especially for those of us who drive on the opposite side of the road/car than the UK, its almost impossible to safely make this trek on your own!