After leaving Aonach Mor on day seven of our UK honeymoon, our Highland Experience Tour bus took us through some of the prettiest landscapes in the United Kingdom – Glencoe Scotland, as well as Rannoch Mor and Loch Lomond.
Glencoe (Glen Coe) is a narrow glen, formed by an ancient glacier. The mountains loom on either side of you as you drive, or walk (via the West Highlands Way) through the glen. The whole Glen Coe area is the remains of an extinct volcano.
This area is a favourite spot for tourists to stop and take photos. Our tour guide gave us a 10 minute break to snap away.
Rannoch Moor and Kings House Hotel
We continued on past the Glen Coe area to a plateau called Rannoch Moor. When they write about moors in novels, you get the sense they are gloomy, windy and damp. And in this case, it was all true. Rain and gloomy skies overhead made you happy you were in a cozy tour bus rather than walking across the moor.
Our tour bus driver made a special stop at Kings House Hotel, considered one of the oldest inns in Scotland. It’s also one of the key places to stay if you’re walking the West Highland Way.
What’s cool about this spot is its deer – they will come up close to the inn and wait for people to feed them. Our tour guide had a bag of puffy cheesy snacks to feed a few of the shy deer. They would wander in a bit closer when he threw them on the ground – the numerous people from our bus as well as a noisy little kid were making them a bit too shy to get up close.
We continued on from here through the barren Rannoch Moor to Loch Lomond – one of the favourite spots for Glasgowians to head to for a taste of the outdoors. Our stop gave us the view of the power generation plant. This was the last stop on our tour.
The tour bus took us back to Edinburgh via a brief stop in Glasgow, wrapping up the two day taste of the Scottish Highlands.
Would I do the tour again with a different route? Probably not. But I would definitely recommend it to anybody who was visiting Scotland for the first time with only a few days to tour it. It inspired us to go back again.
As Frank put it nicely – “I didn’t want to leave Scotland. I fell in love with it. It reminded me of Canada, and yet it was different enough to be exciting and intriguing. I want to come back again.”
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