After spending some time in Edinburgh, we wanted to explore the countryside and have a glimpse of the famous Highlands, a large part of Scotland mainly composed of ancient volcanic rocks.
On our way to the Loch Ness, we drove through the southern part of the Highlands, and we were delighted by the colorful and misty landscape, despite the bad weather (what would be Scotland without rain anyway ?). The entire region was covered by ice sheets a very long time ago, which explain the presence of valleys and lochs, that have been created by the movement of streams ice throughout the ages.
Most of you must have seen Skyfall, the James Bond film aired in 2012 where the character goes back to his Scottish roots. We have driven past one of the filming locations in the highlands, near Glen Coe. Glen Coe is the remains of an ancient volcano and is considered by many as the most famous and most spectacular Glen of Scotland (glen means a long and deep valley, just in case you were wondering the meaning :p).
In Braveheart, some scenes were also filmed over there. And apparently, some scenes of the prisoner of Azkaban (third Harry Potter film) was also filmed not too far away from there (Hagrid’s hut) ! Very famous place indeed ;-)
Most of the landscape pictures were taken from the bus, I’m sorry about the quality (the bus was moving), but it was so pretty I couldn’t not to post them :-)
And we finally arrived in Loch Ness.. (to be continued)