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If You haven't been to Scotland before, but You would like to visit the
country, and maybe are a bit unsure of what to do, I am happy to share
my experiences - e-mail to shm(at)shm.dk
Below are some of the things I have experienced in Scotland.
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Near Glenfinnan Near Moray Near Fort
In Scotland, there is something for every taste, from the lowlands almost
poetic beauty to the highlands rough and wild nature. There are very
good shopping opportunities in the larger cities. If You fancy golf
Scotland is an Eldorado, the golf courses are everywhere. If hunting or
fishing is the thing the opportunities to find fine game or lakes and
rivers, Scotland are very good. If You are more in a cultural state,
there are a large number of mansions and castles, which describes the
Scottish history very well. Most of them are open to public, as they
have the same problems as in Denmark - taxes on inheritance and
Blair Castle and the piper who plays daily
To me the highland with the rough nature is the favourite. I don't know
if it has anything to do with the fact that Denmark is flat (highest
point 278 meter ~ 912 feet) but the mountains are fantastic.
Furthermore the Scottish people are tremendous, they are very warm,
incredible hospitable and they have a humour very close to the one found
in the western part of Denmark, which suits me very well being a
...And one must not forget they are very good at producing beer and not the
least and maybe most important WHISKY
(which I can't help collecting, because whenever I have visited a
distillery I almost have to buy a bottle, but at least it is a souvenir
I can use - for a short while that is).
On the way to Mallaig from Fort William
When I visit Scotland, I can unite several interests: nature,
photography, whisky and the joy of experiencing something new.
Scotland has as mentioned mountains, they are not fantastic high, but
there are a lot of them. At one time, there was a debate in Scotland;
just how many summits were more than 3000 feet (~ 914 meter). The common
opinion was a number around fifty. Sir Hugh Thomas Munro, co-founder of
the Scottish Mountaineering Club in 1889, decided to measure the summits
in Scotland to find out. He finished doing that in 1891, and the result
came as a surprise to most people as the number was 278.
All mountain summits above 3000 feet (~ 914 meter)
have since been called
a Munro. Today there are 284 Munros in Scotland, and A. E. Robinson was
the first to climb them all. He used 10 years to do that and finished
his last summit in 1901. There are a lot of climbers who try to do the
same, and they collect Munros.
Some of the mountains
demand climbing experience, whilst others can be
climbed by all if the physical shape is fair (read: normal).
The reason for the variation in the number of Munros is that the
equipment to measure the height is better today, and the fact that there
is some discussion about what makes a summit. However, as mentioned the
official number today is 284 if you feel the urge.
I collected my first and to date only Munro in 1994 - Mount Keen in the
bottom of Glen Mark not far from Brechin. Mount Keen is one of the easy
Munros to climb or walk up would be more accurate (3080 feet ~ 939 meters).
The experience was fantastic, and as they say it is cold at the top but
the view is spectacular and definitely worth the trouble. I will never
forget I looked down on a Tornado fighter, which came through the Glen on
an exercise in low flight.
From the top of Mount Keen.
I this connection I
stayed at a fantastic Bed & Breakfast called "The
House of Mark Guesthouse". It was situated in the bottom of Glen Esk just
where it connects to Glen Mark. I have stayed here half the times I have
The house is an old ministers residence fro 1803, where You
could get not
only B&B but also a full boarded stay, a truly great experience.
House of Mark
The food which
was homemade, was more than the best restaurants worthy and
when one ad the surroundings and the landlady, Bea Rawlinson,
the restaurants only see the smoke.
Some of the very good foods I have tasted are; rabbit, hare, salmon,
pheasant, red deer, ox, lamb and wild duck - almost all of them had been
previous inhabitants of the Glen.
you are the type looking for stars at such establishments, the stars
are often given from the amount of facilities.
If I have to give stars, it will be from an evaluation of the overall
impression, it is of course a subjective evaluation, which cannot be
fitted into any scheme, but I definitely give The House of Mark five
To date this is the best place yet I have stayed in Scotland and I don't
think it can be beaten.
If you fancy walking, the place is simply perfect to all age groups,
since there are good opportunities for those who just want a nice
ordinary walk and for those who wants a bit more, for example climbing a
Munro, Mount Keen is just round the corner from The House of Mark.
The House of Mark doesn't offer B&B anymore as the ownership has
The pictures above is from a walk into the bottom of Glen Mark and over
a pass (not very high) and into the neighbor Glen, Glen Lee. The
waterfall comes on the way to the pass. Picture 2 is the view from the
pass and down on Loch Lee. The walk can be made in 4-6 hours all
depending on your physical shape and how much you are in a hurry.
Not far from House of Mark is situated a small well whom Queen Victoria
once visited. There is a small monument above the well and the monument
bares an inscription of the event.
QUEENS WELL INSCRIPTION
his royal highness
the prince consort
visited this well
and drank of
its refreshing waters
on the 20 September
the year of
her majesty's great sorrow
The great sorrow mentioned was the death of the Prince
Consort later same year.
hans kongelige højhed
besøgte denne kilde
og drak af
dens forfriskende vand
den 20 september
hendes majestæts store
Scotland reeks of history, which can be seen by the number of
castles spread around everywhere. The castles below are truly
worth a visit.
Falconer with eagle at Scone Palace
about 35 miles/60 km northwest of Perth.
Above 6 miles/10 km north of Perth.
Situated at the north end of Skye.
late Queen Mothers birthplace.
Cities exists that are just different and
well worth a visit. The cities below has made more than just an
ordinary impression on me, and the few of them I only have visited
once, will most definitely be visited again.
There are numerous more places than the ones
mentioned here, which are worth a visit, but I can't mention them
all, so I have decided 5 will have to do.
An incredible nice and pretty little town, a
bit marked by tourism, but that is without significance. If
you want to stay I can recommend the
Dundarach Hotel (not far from
Bell's Distillery) and a nice place to get a meal is The Old
The small town I situated along the
Caledonian Canal and the special about the town is a number of
locks connecting Loch Oich with Loch Ness. Despite a lot of
tourists the town isn't overcrowded, and it is marked by a very
The locks in Fort Augustus
A small town in the very Northwest of
Scotland. A very nice little town and the waste country you have
to go through to get to the town is incredible, I had the
impression that I was lost and driving in the wrong direction so
deserted was the landscape - but impressive.
The main attraction here is a local bankers
building. He tried to build a copy of The Coliseum in Rome on a
hill overlooking the town. The view from the coliseum is great,
furthermore the shopping is rather good.
An international city, but definitely still worth a visit, if not
else then for the shopping possibilities.
Just north of the city is Edinburgh Crystal, where very fine
crystal glass is manufactured. The crystal factory is definitely
worth a visit, even if you just want to take a tour to see how
crystal is made and cut. Edinburgh Crystal is unfortunately under
administration so the website doesn't function anymore. However it
should still be possible to visit the factory.
Like cities there are places that most
certain is worth a visit. My favourites are:
You have to come and look for the Loch Ness
monster yourself. In Drumnadrochit they have a Loch Ness monster
museum, which is worth a visit even though you don't believe in
the monster. They are displaying information gathered from several
of the expeditions made through the years.
A trip round the lake can also be
recommended (in car).
I think Loch Ness by far is more interesting
than Loch Lomond, which I honestly find a bit of a disappointment.
But everyone's taste are not the same - luckily.
A fantastic beautiful and rough landscape,
which includes one of the most bloody events in Scottish history.
Skye is an island west of Fort William. There is a bridge to the
island, and a roundtrip is really an experience. But I will also
recommend to take the ferry across from Mallaig.
The landscapes are amazing and a visit at Dunvegan Castle on the
north part of the island can be recommended.
The island of course has a distillery - Tallisker.
Sir Edmund Hillary practised in the mountains on Skye before he as
the first climbed Mount Everest together with Nepalese Tenzing
Fort William by the way is situated at the foot of Scotland's
highest mountain - Ben Nevis, altitude 4406 feet ~1344 meter.