My husband (Ross) and I took a short holiday this May to visit very close friends in Inverness. We had never been to Scotland before, but had heard so many wonderful comments of the beauty the Highlands have to offer. We experienced the fours seasons of the Scottish weather in just a few days of being there – from sunshine and light breezes to snow, hail, rain and chilly winds. But every season showed us a new side to Scotland with a new pallet of colours… It was eye catching to say the least.
One of the days, we drove around Loch Ness with the towering dense forests on the one side and the open peaceful loch on the other. But what I loved the most were the contrasting colours that popped throughout the countryside. The rich golden yellow of the gorse bushes against the browns and greys of the hills and waters. They loch itself is dark and intriguing with the legendary tale of the Loch Ness monster beneath the waters (sadly we didn’t see a glimpse – maybe next time!). It was fascinating to know just how deep the waters were which added to the mystery of it all, not knowing what lies below the surface of the calm ripples.
The following day we drove through part of the Cairngorm mountains, stopping off at Loch Morlich. That was the day that the heavens opened and the snow, hail and sleet came gushing down. Thankfully we were generally travelling at those times but we could not help but laugh and marvel at such bizarre weather in May! In some ways, I secretly loved it (especially as we weren’t planning to walk in it much), the clouds of snow and sleet embraced the trees revealing a mystical haze as we drove through the forest. It was stunning and very tranquil as we stood by the edge looking across the loch and the snow topped mountains in the horizon. At the furthest point of being able to drive up the mountain, the view was mostly hidden from sight, including Loch Morlich that we had past, but it didn’t take long for some of the clouds to pass and the view revealed. It was beautiful to say the least.
Some people love forests, some love the sea, but me… I just love views. Perhaps it is because of my upbringing of Switzerland and it’s mountains but there is just something breathtaking and soul-satisfying when I get to stand above the noise and the hustle and bustle of life and survey the colours, textures and patterns of the land. Scotland’s view is vast with not much definition between the trees as they were so dense, but the mountains rolled across the edge of the skyline with the loch stretching across the middle of the trees lower down. The colours were so soft that day (because of the weather) of pale greys, blues, browns and greens with not much contrast between them fading in and out of each other.
Needless to say, we (but particular me) loved it in Scotland. I look forward to visiting again and seeing the new colours and textures of a different time and season. If it wasn’t as cold, I think I could have stayed on that mountain for hours just peacefully enjoying the view. But I am so grateful that Somerset has some wonderful spots with stunning views of the valleys.
I hope this has been inspiring for you to read as much as Scotland has inspired me. Sometimes life chucks down snow, sleet and hail but even in all of that… there is still so much beauty around and nature has so much inspiration to offer.
What place has really inspired you with your creativity? Would love to hear about it in the comments below…