The Scottish Highlands consists of some of the most magnificient landscapes in Europe. It’s time for you to embrace the wild nature, misty mountains, and magical myths – the Highlands are an area that simply can’t be missed. Come join me on a marvelous voyage to the dark North…
There’s a lot of things I should have done this weekend. For instance, I should have been at the library working on my essay. And I definitely should have been doing some laundry. I should have been at that yoga workshop I’ve been talking about for ages. But I certainly did none of those things.
So what did I do, I hear you ask? Well, basically I jumped on a bright yellow mini-bus and did a 3 days roundabout in the Scottish Highlands. Armed with my precious camera, shoes that wasn’t as waterproof as promised (liars) and a shitload of woolen sweaters, I did my very best in conquering the icy cold Highlands. I had my base in the tranquil village of Fort Augustus, on the banks of the infamous Loch Ness, and from here I explored wonderful places such as Isle of Skye, Stirling and – my favourite – Glencoe.
But I’m getting a wee bit ahead of myself here. Let’s start off in the tiny village of Birnam…
So, dear readers, how well do you know your Shakespeare? Well, I obviously know quite a lot: I’m a postgrad lit-student, so it honestly would have been a bit disturbing if I didn’t. Anyways, when our yellow mini-bus stopped next to a sign that read “Welcome to Birnam”, I got rather ecstatic. You see, have you ever read Macbeth? It’s William Shakespeare’s shortest and – possibly – one of his most famous tragedies. In brief: The brave General Macbeth meets three witches in a forest, and the witches provide him with a prophecy claiming that he will be the next King of Scotland. The prophecy gets to his head, he kills the king, and he ends up leading Scotland straight into a civil war.
Well, do you happen to know in which forest General Macbeth meets the three witches? Ladies and gents, let me introduce you to Birnam Forest (and its lovely cathedral)…
Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill Shall come against him
Quite savvy, eh? Shakespeare himself actually spent quite some time in Birnam while writing the tragedy.
Our goal for the day was to reach the immensely tranquil village of Fort Augustus, right on the banks of Loch Ness. There’s nothing here except for several hostels, a pub, and a supermarket. To be honest, this isn’t the place where you spend a lot of time. I had two nights in Fort Augustus, and that was more than enough for me. But still – I find it rather beautiful, don’t you agree?
But I finally got the opportunity to go Nessie-hunting! Naturally, I rose to the occasion, and spent a long and chilly evening staring out over the mysterious Loch. With no result. Fortunately, the pub was just around the corner, and we found some drunken-ness instead (See what I did there, eh?)
The pub was rather nice. I spent my evenings winning a pub quiz (and setting fire to a table. Yes, yes I totally did. So sorry, Danny), drinking beer, and watching the Rugby World Cup.
You have no idea of how Scottish I’ve felt these past few days.
I think it’s time I start rehearsing the National Anthem (btw – is that identical to the soundtrack of Braveheart?)