Mary Todd Lincoln once said:
"Beautiful, glorious Scotland, has spoilt me for every other country!"
Of course, I'll be biased and agree with this but she was American and the wife of Abe so there's gotta be some truth to it, right?
Knowing that I only need to travel at least 3 hours to view scenes like the images in this blog is something I feel very lucky for. If Scotland had hotter climates, you would need to question your reasons to leave.
There's not many places I know of where you can achieve complete silence; a nice silence. But walking down Glen Etive or standing by the banks of Loch Linnhe at dusk are some of the few places I have felt at my most calm.
The Scottish Highlands hosts the most beautiful places I have ever been to. The Highlands really are their own paradise with mythical attributes, legend and history.
When I was a kid, my Dad used to take us on car trips to scenic places in Scotland - he likes to think he's the reason I got into photography, and to be honest he probably is. I remember sitting in the back of the car driving to places like Loch Lomond, Callander, or Pitlochry and I always had a fascination with the mountains. Mountains tend to go hand-in-hand with rural places, certainly in Scotland. So this fascination as a kid has turned into a real love in my adult years. I think I'm quite a rural lass at heart.
I never feel more at home than when I am surrounded by mountains. I'm intrigued by their shapes and textures. I'm fascinated by their ever-changing attributes based on the seasons and light.
Stepping into the Scottish Highlands is like taking a secret passageway that juxtaposes itself from city life. The Highlands are wild yet beautiful; empty yet majestic. The mountains, lochs and landscapes evoke feelings of belonging, and we all need a bit of that every now and then.
I think there are few places left in the world that elicit pride in the people that live there - which is a shame. But, when you're in the Highlands there's a real surge of pride in where you come from - maybe that's why Highlanders always appear to be happier people? Or maybe it’s just the abundance of whisky!
If you love good old Mother Nature and want to experience a place unscathed by human neglect then the Scottish Highlands should be at point number 1 on your list of places to visit. Just don’t forget your waterproofs!