Scotland is vast and cold, and beautiful all at the same time. And yes, there is plenty of rain, and two minutes later, plenty of shine. And with that, plenty of layers (I will get to my favorites in a few). But, beyond the mountains there in lies what makes this country so magical. Hidden amongst tiny towns, turns off the tiny dirt roads, and through the thick pines, are the legends that have been told for centuries. Traveling around, bundling up, and unbundling became a habit, but I couldn't write about my favorite stories from the trip without talking about my favorite layers as well! So with each legend I cover, I'm going to also fill you in on my favorite finds! It was a wild adventure, for sure!
Arthur's Seat: This legend is located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. There are beautiful trails that lead to several different breath-taking views, or if you are feeling adventurous and have the proper footwear, you can create your own path to the top. It is a fact that this massive cliff side, was once a volcano, dating back 350 million years ago, but what makes this place so magical is that it is thought to have once been the home of Camelot, legendary King Arthur's throne.
Loch Ness: About 25 miles south of Inverness, lies maybe Scotland's most famous legend of all, Loch Ness. First let me say, that we stayed at the cutest, little Glamping site (Camping for the Glamourous), in a little town called Drumnadroitch. Yes, I will include a picture below of the Armadillo that we stayed in, so cute! I think most of us know the legend of Loch Ness, but what makes it even crazier are the amount of weekly sightings this little town sees! No one knows for sure, but from the first sighting in 565 A.D., the reports have been consistently the same. Around 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. are the most popular times to snag a picture of this magical creature!
Fairy Pools: The Isle of Skye is full of legends and folklore. It seemed like everywhere we turned, we were told another story. But, as most of you know, the faeries hold a special place in my heart, so I knew I wasn't going to leave without seeing the Fairy Pools. Now, to get there, was an adventure in itself, full of twists and turns, single-lane roads filled with friendly cattle, and cliffs, lots and lots of cliffs. Everyone on the island knows where they are, they aren't a secret by any means, but they aren't for the faint of heart to reach. We are talking leaps over river beds, hikes at the foot of the Black Cuillins, let's just say that the fae doesn't make it easy for people to reach their world! But, it is worth trying to get there!
The Old Man of Storr: lies about fifteen minutes outside the small town of Portree. It is a steep climb to the top, and word to the wise, go early in the day to make sure you don't get stuck when the sun goes down! The legend has it, that a giant once roamed these hills, and when he died, he was buried with his thumb sticking out. It is quite the sight, and definitely worth the hike!