Having lived in the UK for almost 9 years now, I’ve recently realized that I have barely explored it.
I’ve never been to Northern Ireland, been to Wales once, Scotland a few times. So, I’m definitely working on it this year and want to see as much of it as possible. The Scottish Highlands were a great place to start.
I flew from Gatwick to Inverness with Easyjet and the return trip was only £50 despite booking it very last minute. It was such a perfect long weekend away. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly getaway – I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Here are my highlights, all of which you can easily slot into one day.
Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s largest and most famous lochs. Just a short distance from Inverness, Loch Ness runs from Loch Dochfour to Fort Augustus and bordered by picturesque villages such as Foyers and Dores. Boat trips are one of the best ways to experience Loch Ness – take in astounding views and landscapes.
Eilean Donan Castle
A 13th-century castle is one of the most iconic images of Scotland.
Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932.
If you’re a bit of a history geek like me, you’ll enjoy a short movie about the history of the castle at the visitor’s centre.
This town of 650 inhabitants is a great spot to watch boats coming in from the Caledonian Canal.
Invermoriston is a small village 11 kilometers north of Fort Augustus. Here you can wander through lush forests and cascading waterfalls.
The ninth -highest waterfall of the United Kingdom (62 meters) Fall of Foyers is surrounded with pine trees. This stunning waterfall was a favourite spot for Robert Burns, and if you’re lucky, you may spot a dashing red squirrel.
If you’re there at sunset time, you’ll be in for an absolute treat. The falls of Foyers are absolutely stunning place full of beautiful walks scenery and wildlife.