Why Scotland ? Because we wanted to see green landscapes and the Loch Ness.
Our plan was to discover this country with small budget, in a sustainable way and deeply interested in meeting local people.
Before our departure, we have contacted locals throught the Couchsurfing website. Some of them accepted to welcome us and we met others during our roadtrip. Below you will find the map that we used during our trip.
We arrived in Edinburg : a really green european capitale. We really liked taking a walk in the city center and in its parks (Princes St. Gardens close to the Castle). We also took a walk on the Arthur’s Seat volcano where we had a great view on Edinburg.
We went in Cramond Island and its moaïs of stones, close to the Firth of Forth’s red bridge.
We took a bus to Glasgow then, where we staid 5 nights where we enjoyed the Botanic Garden (we have been hostel by the couchsurfer Neil).
After 8 hours of bus, we arrived in Uig, a small village in Isle of Skye, in the Norht-West coast : really nice owners in the Uig Bay Caravan and Campsite. The owners of the campsite offered us another night when we talked about moving because we were not able to get money from the cash machine of the village and to pay an extra night.
We travelled around, we went in Kilt Rock which was not that exceptional, in Portree (really loveable houses), in Broadford (where an scottish old lady hosted us) and in Armadale).
The old lady met in Broadford drove us until Inverness and from there we hitchhiked until the Loch Ness and its dark water. Unfortunately we did not meet Nessie !
Then we hitchhiked until Aviemore (really expensive campsite!), then Grantown of Spey, Tomintoul, Ballater (really wonderful place with a nice forest promenade around) and Aberdeen (the Stag restaurant’s staff helped us to book an hotel when we looked desperately for a place to stay).
From Aberdeen we hitchhiked until Stonehaven where we met during our diner a family who offered us to stay in their mobilhome by our own (nice walk until the Dunnottar Castle, but the entrance was expensive), Montrose, Forfar, Glamis (we staid in the nice place named Drumshademuir Caravan Park), Coupar Angus, Drumshademuir and Perth.
To recap, we really fell in love with Isle of Skye ! Unfortunately at this time, we did not know about the Fairy Pools near Glenbrittle (at the foot of the Black Cuillin Mountains), which seems an incredible place to visit !