Iron-bru, dairy milk bars (whole nut, definitely not fruit and nut), and pickled onion chips was just about the only thing that came to mind when I heard the word Scotland. Sure they had accents, castles and highlands, but that was the least of my worries during my adolescent years when our family took trips back and forth to the UK.
I had not been there in at least twelve years, so to say the least, my perspective changed a little since then.
These five images portray my favorite aspects of Scotland, even though sweets and fish & chips are hard to rival.
- 1) The ocean views. It is almost like you're on top of the world when you look out there, oh wait, you are. With little commercial building on the coast, there were endless miles of unadulterated coast.
- 2) "Right to Roam" Yeah, it's for real. You can roam, pretty much anywhere you like in Scotland. If you see a hill, go and hike it. With a few obvious restrictions, you are allowed to go anywhere in Scotland for recreational activities without trespassing. This blew my mind. For more information, you can check out this trusty wikipedia article to learn more.
- 4) Hiking galore. I didn't even get to hit up the north west area of the country, but Loch Lomond and the surrounding area gave me a small taste of the incredible views Scotland had to offer.
- 5) Ruins for Days. They were almost as frequent as Tim Hortons ( I live in Toronto folks ). And the people's casual response to a ruin in their own field that was hundreds of years old made the place that much more mystifying.
To sum it up, it was like going to place I had never gone before, but with very frequent deja-vus. It all goes to show, how a few years and growing up can drastically change your perspective on life. Take that as literally or figuratively as you like.
AILSA CRAIG, SOUTH AYRSHIRE
ST ANTHONY'S CHAPEL, EDINBURGH
ARTHUR'S SEAT, EDINBURGH
LOCH LOMOND & THE TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK
CROSSRAGUEL ABBEY, MAYBOLE