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Photo Friday: Glencoe, Scotland

The most anticipated part of our Scotland vacation happened on day four when, after hours of driving, we finally promenaded over the hill and into Glencoe territory.

Glencoe, Scotland HighlandsNine years ago—almost to the week, even—I stood in this very spot and posed for a photo with my friends Evan, Francie, China and Ashley.

Glencoe, Scotland HighlandsI knew when I was planning this trip for my mom and sister that I wanted to bring them to this little slice of heaven nestled deep in the Western Highlands. I wanted them to fall in love with Scotland every bit as much as I have over the last decade: swiftly, madly and deeply at first, as all good affairs start.

Glencoe, Scotland HighlandsThis area has always been cherished by the Scots, but has perhaps become more of a traveler draw after being featured prominently in movies such as the Harry Potter flicks—can’t you just envision the Hogwarts Express chugging along there in the distance?—and now Brave.

Glencoe, Scotland HighlandsWhile what ultimately bothered me about San Francisco was the ever-present fog and gloom, in Scotland, it just seems wrong to have purely sunny days.

Glencoe, Scotland HighlandsSo Scotland had to go and be so stereotypical for us by offering up the greenest valleys punctuated by stormy skies and bright beams of sun peeking through the ether.

Glencoe, Scotland HighlandsAnd a plethora double rainbows.

Glencoe, Scotland HighlandsI mean, way to bring your A-game, Glencoe.

Glencoe, Scotland HighlandsIs there a spot in this country that isn’t akin to heaven on Earth?

Glencoe, Scotland HighlandsAs if we could even contemplate leaving feeling anything but filled up and perfectly satisfied.

Glencoe, Scotland Highlands

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Comments ( 42 )

  1. Oh WOW!!! These shots are sooooo stunning. Get me back to Scotland!! I enjoyed Glencoe too. How’s those rainbow shots??? MAGIC. I’m sure your Mum and sister fell in love with the place too :) Did you see the train going over the fancy bridge (forgotten names) that was filmed in Harry Potter?
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  2. Those rainbows are increíble. I have got to get myself to Scotland stat.

  3. I feel the same way about the mountain valley where I grew up; taller, rockier mountains, fewer rainbows, a little slice of heaven.

    For the record, J-Mo and I are now seriously thinking of stopping in Scotland between our Iceland and Paris destinations this spring/summer! :)

    xox
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  4. Gorgeous photos – the rainbow is unbelievable! I’ve only spent a few days in Edinburgh with a day trip to Loch Lomond and I would love to get back to see more of Scotland – every pic I see makes it look so incredibly beautiful.
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  5. WOW! Stunning pics! I didn’t know about this place but if I ever go back to Scotland, this is on the list.
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  6. One more place to add to my list, for summer travels that is. I hope you got to drive right under that gorgeous double rainbow.
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  7. I picture driving a car around the countryside in Scotland to be full of gorgeous scenes like this. Definitely one of my future destinations.
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  8. Oh Kristin your photography is just… breathtaking!! Love them!
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  9. There is nothing quite like a rainbow to make me smile. There were plenty in Iceland and I see Scotland is no different.

    I love these warm looking sun pictures.
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  10. Your photos continue to change my mind about Scotland, I thought it would be mostly rain and castles but the landscape is really beautiful.
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    • Oh don’t get me wrong, there *is* a whole lot of rain (though we had far more in Ireland) and a whole lot of castles. But there is also so much more to the country than that (including delicious beer, whisky, food and more!).

  11. I know you are a fabulous photographer, and I know Scotland is a beautiful country, but these photos still took my breath away. Stunning!
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  12. Simone Sørensen October 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Departured from Edinburgh this morning. Our trip to Scotland has been amazing, never thought it would be that beautiful! Yesterday we went on a trip to Loch Ness, drove through Trossachs National Park and Glencoe, the scenery was unbelievable!

    • I really wanted to take my mom and sister to Loch Ness–I have been just once before, back in 2005–but the drive from St. Andrews to Glencoe took so incredibly long that we ran out of time!

  13. WOW! I love Scotland, love rainbows, love your photography! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such perfect rainbows, and I’ve just spent a month in Hawaii :)
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    • There really is something about the sky and the weather in Scotland and Ireland that make it prime territory for rainbows. I don’t think anywhere else in the world compares!

  14. Great camera works and nice collection of images of lovely views in Scotland a traveling paradise on the earth.

  15. These photos are stunning. Really, truly beautiful. Truthfully, I wanted to visit Scotland in the worst way as a kid, but it sort of dropped off my radar over the years. Reading about your experiences there is definitely rekindling my interest. Thank you for that.
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  16. Kristin, first, great shots. Your talent and love of photography is awesome.

    I loved Glen Coe when we visited for a day in May. The weather was sunny and warm. Not a cloud in the sky for us. We stayed the night at a B&B in Dalmally along A85. My plan for the day was to loop east on A85 and connect to A82 circling around through the glen to Glencoe and down to Oban. We did that, but the innkeeper recommended an alternative. So a bit east of Dalmally along A85 we took a one-lane B8074 that went along a river with rapids to Bridge of Orchy. Some amazing views that led into the wonderment of Glen Coe.

    My main piece of advice to any traveler to a region like the Western Highlands: When a local tells you to take a different path than what you originally planned, just go with it. And of course be prepared for the very narrow road.

  17. I feel like you’re just taunting us with how beautiful it all is. It’s cruel. Each post just makes me want to visit EVEN MORE.
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  18. And I thought the rainbows in Hawaii were good!
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  19. You did get you fair share of rainbows!
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  20. Love the landscapes of Scotland. I’m hoping to get there next summer and do one of those epic hikes that last a few weeks. Really love the shot of the rainbow and your shadow on the road, brilliant!!
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  21. Stunning captures!! Especially the second one where the water seems all golden and the rainbow shot are nothing short of exquisite!!
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  22. Rainbow, and a double rainbow! :) What a great view. Want to visit Scotland soon!

  23. Beautiful. Absolutely breath taking
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  24. For some reason, I have never been attracted by England, Wales or Scotland (maybe it is the weather?). I will have to change my mind and give these places a try. Scotland looks beautiful. Too beautiful to pass up.
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  25. Oh my rainbows! Wow.. this is making me even more excited for our trip!
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  26. Some fantastic pictures here! I find your blog about world travel and end up fascinated at images of my own country! These pictures make me proud to come from Scotland.

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