Words | Alice Ramella
Photos | Alice Ramella

I believe my savings is best spent on travel and great food.

I love every single thing about traveling… From planning the journey, to jotting down my memorable moments in my faithful Moleskine agenda, I can’t get enough. So, a few friends and I took off for a 3-day road trip at the end of November to explore the Scottish Highlands.

Honestly I was worried about the season because, as you can imagine, Scottish weather is quite cold and windy… especially when standing at winter’s door. When you head into the Highlands at the end of November; light hours are reduced, so by 4 pm, you’re in nearly complete darkness making shooting a constant adventure. But, going during the low season has its advantages as there are fewer tourists, it’s easier to navigate and there is more space to enjoy the landscape.

I pinned all of our stops on a Google map (below) to make the route easy to understand. So feel free to follow along there as well.

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On day 1, departing from Edinburgh, we made our first stop at the lovely Dude Castle. Then, at our second stop, we visited the picturesque and very well-preserved village of Luss near Loch Lomond.

Traveling North via Tyndrum, we passed over the Rannoch Moor before admiring the dramatic Glencoe. We had our lunch at the Glencoe Visitor Centre where we found a lovely viewpoint, outlooking directly to the Three Sisters mountains.

Glencoe was absolutely wonderful and was one of my favorite places along this tour. It’s no surprise that it was used as a primary location for the 007 Skyfall movie and that the Glenfinnian Viaduct (Also in Glencoe) was incorporated into Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Nearing 4pm, we arrived at Glen Garry – just as the last of the light was fading. And suddenly, it began to snow! After a few stops, a ton of shooting and new memories made, we were more than satisfied with the journey. With smiles all around, we reached our small hotel in Portree in the beautiful Isle of Skye.

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