Since 2013 when I first visited Scotland and had a day trip to the highlands, and even though all mountains were covered by snow due an unexpected heavy snowstorm in March, I have to say that I enjoyed the trip from the beginning till the end.

This time I have decided to go to the highlands in July as the weather should be better. A friend of mine and I have planned 5 days trip starting from Inverness, had driven to Isle of skye before we stopped at Loch Lomond and then to Edinburgh as the last destination.
The journey has started when I left Bath heading Birmingham airport by train, I flown from Birmingham to Inverness airport about (1h &10m) . I hired a car from there because I think this is the best way to explore the area, there are limited trains in the main towns so I think having a car will allow you to go wherever you want to go including remote areas.
When I arrived at Inverness airport I took the car and drove straight away to Bow Fiddle Rock (about 40Min). It is a natural sea arch in Portknockie on the north-eastern coast of Scotland. Actually there is a walk but I did not have enough time to walk there. The sunset was amazing and I manage to take some picture for the rock which I really love it. Driving too much in the first day in order to explore as much as I can, drove to the hotel (about 2 h) where is located in Drumnadrochit.
The starting of the second day was by having the breakfast in the B&B where I stayed, and then drove towards Isle of Skye. The way was amazing, very convenient for driving for miles and miles.
It is really worth to stop and take some pictures for the lakes. There are parking on the side of the the road which allow you to park safely and take a break.
Heading to the famous fairy pools (green and blue water) after around 3 hours of driving I reached there. With clouds and shower rain I have started the adventure, I cannot resist using my cameras under a heavy rain. Clouds appear as cotton covering a massive mountain and in somewhere water come through, from one side was sunny another was cloudy this dramatic weather created a great opportunity to take picture.
I would’ve spent the whole day there, but because I have also to go to another spectacular place. Kilt Rock where the view of the north sea during the sunset (golden hour) was breathtaking, one of the unforgettable sunset I have ever seen. Even though, It is challenging to take a picture of it,  if I’ll visit it again I will spend more time. In my opinion the place is a really ideal place for brilliant time-lapse.
The day three near Loch Lomond was a relaxing day, I stayed in MacDonald Forest Hill resort. A 5 stars hotel and one of the best in this area, very relaxed, quite, peaceful, and convenient. I had a room with a lake view which was quite nice, the lake is just 2 minutes walking from my room. There are two main restaurants, indoor swiming pool, SPA, Gym, and more.
Edinburgh was the last destination for the day, the city which I fell in love with from the first minute. I managed to stay in a hotel in the old town in which surrounded by most of the attractions including; Edinburgh castle, Calton Hill the great view point of the city, Victoria street, and others. It was my first visit to Edinburgh but definitely it won’t be the last. I hope the pictures can give you some feeling about the city as I almost walked everywhere in the old town.

A short video is now on the Youtube

I hope you enjoy it !

Published by Suliman Al Shubaily