LANDSCAPES AND NATURE
THE VALLEYS OF SCOTLAND
Wander through wild and remote valleys, where the only living being you see will be an eagle. Or take a break in a secret valley a stone’s throw from the city. Later you can recover energy in an enchanted castle or a cozy distillery.
THE VALLEYS OF SCOTLAND CALL IT …
In Scotland, there are hundreds of glorious valleys to discover, and each of them has its characteristics. These can change over time, the season, and your mood. You will never explore the same valley twice!
Go through Glencoe one day when the clouds envelop the high hills, and the stories of the battles that took place here will freeze your blood. In the winter months, Glenshee is the perfect place for skiers and snowboarders. To the mountain hares, with their white winter fur, everything seems very fun.
If you are in Edinburgh, go to Glencorse in the Pentland hills. Although it is only one mile south of the city limit when you walk along the placid lakes. It will seem to you that you have left the metropolis far, far away. In spring, the garlic is lit with yellow flowers, and the air is enriched with its pleasant aroma.
In Glen Orchy, you can canoe for miles along the river and then relax your tired muscles in style at Barcaldine Castle (that is if you can sleep; the castle is said to be haunted).
THE FIVE MOST POPULAR VALLEYS
You can not miss Buachaille Etive Mor. This crude and beautiful mountain, with its characteristic pyramid shape, guards the entrance to Glencoe. When you pass through it, your heart will stop. dWhen you pass a waterfall you will find a parking area next to the road with a view that cannot be missed. But if you put on some hiking boots and walk for half an hour on a steep path you will reach one of the great secrets of the valley: the Lost Valley. In this invisible corner is where members of the MacDonald clan hid the cattle they stole from their neighbors (how they took the cows there is a mystery, but they carried them).
Not all beautiful valleys are found in the Highlands. Glen Trool in Dumfries and Galloway is a leafy refuge on the shore of the lake with idyllic forest trails. Robert Bruce won here a famous battle by throwing stones, down the hill, at his enemies. Now mountain bikers throw themselves on the same slopes; This valley has truly wild and wonderful descent tracks.
Hidden on the other side of Buachaille Etive Mor in Glen Etive, the less-visited Glencoe neighbor, although equally wonderful. In the movie Skyfall, James Bond drives down Rannoch Moor and goes down this steep winding route to return to his childhood home.
DID YOU KNOW …
Glen is the Scottish term for the valley. Many are U-shaped and were formed by huge glaciers that eroded the hills. The glaciers finally disappeared at the end of the last glaciation, about 11,500 years ago.
THE GREAT GLEN
The Great Glen is a colossal fracture on earth that divides the Scottish Highlands in two, from Fort Williams to Inverness. You can admire its lakes and hills on foot or by bike along the 79 miles (127 KM) that cover the Great Glen Route. Stop for a snack and a coffee in Fort Augustus and watch the boats cross the Caledonian canal locks to reach Loch Ness, one of Scotland’s natural wonders. Loch Ness contains more volume of water than all the lakes of England and Wales together. It is 23 miles (37 km) in length and is deeper than the North Sea. Is a monster really hiding in its depths? Come check it out in person!
Spread the picnic tablecloth next to the old yew of Fortingall and you will have lunch as Roman soldiers did 2000 years ago. This yew is one of the oldest trees in Europe, and it is possible that it is about 5000 years old. Enter the nearby Fortingall Hotel and you will hear the story that Poncio Pilatos was born near this tree and used to play under its branches. Yew is one of the wonders of the impressive Glen Lyon.