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…
When we last spoke, I left you on the hauntingly beautiful, but oh-so desolated Isle of Skye. It was cold, rather windy, and utterly gorgeous. Today, I’m lucky enough to be taking you to one of my favorite places in Scotland: Glencoe.
But first we’re going to wake up extremely early, make a hot mug of coffee, and run outside wearing nothing but pajamas and scarves. We’re going to watch the sunrise in Fort Augustus.
The birth of a whole new day. How magical isn’t that?
After a wee breakfast, it was time to kiss Fort Augustus goodbye. But luckily it only took a few hours before Glencoe appeared before us. So what is Glencoe, you might ask? Well, not only is it named as the most famous and most scenic glen in Scotland – it’s also the most historic one, and it was recently voted the most romantic one as well. Deservedly so, I dare say. Scroll down, and look at all the beauty. It’s almost incomprehensible.
Glencoe, as with most of the Scottish Highlands, is filled with a dark and turbulent past. The most famous case is the Sack of the MacDonald’s: On the 13th of February 1692, almost the entire MacDonald clan were massacred in their beds on order from the English King, William 3. Around forty people were immediately killed, the rest fled to the mountains where they soon perished due to hunger and the cold winter winds.
But Glencoe is not only known for its turbulent past – it also happens to be the birth place of a very famous Secret Agent: James Bond. 007.
For those of you who have seen the previous Bond-film, Skyfall, you might be fully aware of the fact that Bond does indeed head back to Scotland, to his birthplace Skyfall, when the world/himself/M is once again threatened. A lot of the scenes were actually filmed here in Glencoe.
What you may not know is the fact that Skyfall is a real place.
And that this is were a boy named Ian once grew up.
Fleming, Ian Fleming.
Not only did Ian Fleming create one of the most famous secret agents of all time – he also let him grow up in the very same area of land as he himself had: at Skyfall.
Fleming’s family owned the whole area, but unfortunately it was sold in the 1970s after Fleming’s death. A lot of people were worried that the area would be ruined, industrialized, by its new owner – but instead they experienced the complete opposite: An anonymous man paid millions of pounds to buy Skyfall, and he only made one claim: That the area would be left as it was.
After a few years, the identity of the anonymous buyer was finally revealed.
It was the Scottish actor Sean Connery. The very first Bond.
Glencoe, filled with history, with chaos, with love, is one of my favorite areas in Scotland. I would almost claim that visiting Glencoe should be mandatory to every visit in Scotland – that’s how beautiful it is.
Now If you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna spend the rest of my day drinking red wine and binge-watch Outlander with my flatmate. Needless to say, I’m completely hooked. Have you ever seen it? It brings you the two best things Scotland can possibly offer: beautiful Highland-scenery, and Sam Heughan in a kilt. That’s basically all I need from life right now. In general, I’m still getting used to the kilts – but Sam Heughan looks good in anything. And, as my friend so boldly claims: It’s only a skirt if you’re wearing underwear.