Haha, too long.. I know.
Here are some last images from New Years / Hogmanay and the following day!
Having underestimated what a great deal Hogmanay actually is we finally managed to score accomodation in the town of Oban in the west.
McCaig’s Tower, quite a weird structure, serves us as a location for celebrating New Years. The way up is solid ice and on the way back we just sit and slide down again.. repeatedly. xD
Full moon, freezing cold and wonderful light!
On the next day we roam a while and visit the wonderful Stalker Castle. An amusing extra is the drawn map at the viewing platform that tells us that one of the lighthouses in the bay needed repainting after someone painted it bright pink.
Next day’s sunrise at the very same bay.
In Fort William the train station is still lavishly decorated for Christmas. We especially loved the jokes.
It’s still hard to get around since very few trains run these days and not a lot of cars are around to help us out.
Back in Edinburgh – the castle at night.
A graffitti in Edinburgh.
A side trip brings us to Stonehaven at the east coast. It looks like a nice place for a stay, but sadly we don’t have the time.
Near Stonehaven we find the grand ruin of Dunnottar Castle, which is truely a sight. Due to the late hour however it’s already closed, so we stick to trying to stay alive on the icy cliff path and admiring the sunset.
On the way back to London – even the beaches are full of snow.
What a holiday!
I have to make sure to come back one day, maybe in late spring or late summer.. against our fears, Scotland proved to be a wonderful place to come to in winter and we experienced a lot of interesting and beautiful things. The Orkneys were particularly special due to their white-blue silent and black-blue roaring atmosphere. I definitely want to see them in summer, but they are a great place to be in such a cold winter as this one too. Have a look yourself! :)