The power of the water, the threatening clouds and the majesty the mountain. Someone might feel insignificant in front of this. I find it revitalizing instead.
Even if the weather might be very sad, Scotland is an awesome country for 2 reasons: breathtaking views and friendly people. They are so kind and easygoing that you'll never want to leave this land. When Delia and me were moving from the Isle of Skye to Edinburgh, we found the best weather of the trip, so it was a shame wasting the wonderful light inside the car. So we stopped every 15 minutes, we were literally surrounded by wonderful places that it was impossible to ignore them. Like the one in the picture. I was scouting the place to find a nice view, but since there was a boat and some houses, I didn't want to stay too long, for not annoying anyone. But the boat's owner arrived after a couple of minutes. So, I was already thinking what to say in order to reassure him about my intentions, But he approached just to have a conversation. Sandy (that's how he's called) was very proud to show me his boat used for fishing and his surfboard. He explained me that living there might be quiet depressing because of the weather, and that's why (in addition to his passion for architecture and art) he spends his time in Italy whenever he can.
Greetings from Edinburgh
Edinburgh is simply a fantstic city. When you walk in the center, if you don't think about cars for a moment and concentrate on the buildings and streets, you have the feeling of being back in the Middle ages. Furthermore, everything looks so calm and people relaxed. Infact, I've seriously thought to move and live there one day, to enjoy everytime I want an awesome view of the city likethis one.
Getting lost in the Highlands
My trip to Scotland has been the trip of my first times for many things. First time I hired a car. First time I drove on the left side. First time I planned a trip specifically for making photos. And first time I traveled alone. Ok, the last one it's not completely true: I was alone just for the first two days. But to me it was enough to enjoy the experience. After taking confidence with a car with the steering wheel on the wrong side (it took me three days to remember the gearshif was on the left!), I drove from Inverness airport straight to Loch Ness, the famous lake of the monster Nessie. I knew it's a lengend, but time by time I had a look into the lake, you never know!(Un)fortunately I didn't see any strange creature along its twenty-three miles, but I saw definetely the most impressive landscapes I ever seen before. You can drive for hours on these sinuous roads and will never through a gallery. So, hundred percent of the time enjoying these fantastic lands. Furthermore, streets are so quiet (especially if compared to London, where I live) that the only reason for a traffic jam is because of some sheeps are crossing the street! Loch Ness is sorrounded by two roads. The A82, on the west shore, is the main road along the lake and it's the touristic one, because of the several attractions along. On the east shore, there is the B862/B852, a single track road, originally built for military reasons. Even if it's not used by tourists, it offers more spectacular views, like the one in the picture. Since it wasn't busy at all, I caught this opportunity to take a picture in the middle, in order to enhance the feeling of the endless I had when I was there. I was rather lucky for the clouds. I think that day and the last one in Edinburgh were the only ones with an interesting sky. All the others were completely cloudy and rainy. This is a peculiarity of Scotland, and the only reason I was missing the "sunny" London...