Our Slovenian adventure full of knowledge continues. After visiting the Kranjska Gora, which is surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, we move on to another natural gem - the Vintgar Gorge (Blejski Vintgar, Vintgar Sotesque).
Directly above the Dochart Falls, there is a stone bridge that overlooks their rapids and cascades. What is missing the waterfall at altitude, he got compensated by the power of the current, which shatters the stones. Water drops thus form a haze in the air, in which, with luck, a small rainbow appears.
In the café right next to the waterfalls, I worked out with a typical apple pie and black tea with milk, and headed west along the lake. At times, the landscape still reminds of the tranquil atmosphere of deciduous forests and green meadows around Loch Lomond, but at times there are signs of the harsh landscape of the Highlands.
I stopped by one of the many small parks on the shore of the lake and just enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere here for a while. The air still smelled wonderfully after the morning rain, a gentle breeze just rippling the surface of the lake, and the birds all around competing to sing a more beautiful song. After a while, a lady from a nearby village stopped by for a walk. Just say a few words and wish you a nice day.
In fact, it's not that interesting on Lake Tay. Perhaps because of the peaceful and peaceful atmosphere, but one of my favorite, last time I visited Scotland, I even returned to him twice. The lake is one of the deepest in Scotland, with a depth of about 150 meters. It stretches over 23 kilometers and ranks sixth among the largest lakes in the country..
Among other things, you will find a reconstructed crannog, a man-built fortified island from the Iron Age. Archaeologists have already found more than 20 of them sunk in the lake. But it was time to go out into the wild again. From the main road along the lake I turned onto the road to the mountains. On the north side rises the tenth highest mountain in Britain, Ben Lawers. It rises to a height of 1214 m, which is quite a difference from the lake in less than 200 meters.
I did not want to pedal up, I planned to reach several other lakes. Even so, I climbed at least to the opposite lower peak, from where a beautiful view of a large part of the lake and the majestic Ben Lawers massif opened up.
If you go to Scotland, be sure to stop by Loch Tay and Falls of Dochart. The path to them is not complicated and you get another piece into the mosaic of the beautiful Scottish landscape.
In connection with Scotland, everyone will surely recall the fierce people fighting for independence throughout the history of this wild country, be it the Norman and Viking raiders, or the English and Irish usurpers. For the first time, however, the Romans attempted to penetrate the area at that time inhabited by the wild tribes of the Picts and the quieter Britons under the command of Agricola. However, they soon found that the land was not profitable enough for the long-term stay of the soldiers, so they decided to leave the north of Great Britain again and leave the newly built roads, fortresses and ramparts lying fallow.
The Hogwarts School of Magic is located somewhere in the Highlands, so it's no wonder the landscape is literally interwoven with references to Harry Potter books. J. K. Rowling, who wrote the books, was inspired mainly in the streets of Edinburgh, where she lived at that time. On every corner you can find some unobtrusive reminder from the books, be it street names that look strangely reminiscent of the names of the key characters, or the places where the books themselves were written.
Are you fascinated by Scottish castles? Against the dark sky, walls with gothic windows over the centuries lashed with rain and overgrown with rich green grass provoke our imagination longing to know at least a small piece of their stories. Castles and ruins of churches, monasteries and medieval buildings built from the local dark stone are a typical decoration of the beautiful and dramatic Scottish landscape.
The mountains in the north-west of Scotland rarely exceed 800 meters and roads usually run along rivers or coasts. Therefore, I would not expect here to be as beautiful and high as Applecross pass. Let's go to there!
Upon our walk around Loch an Eilein lake, we return to have quick lunch in Aviemore village. Then we set out back to snow covered Scotish nature. This time we walk through a 5 kilometer trail in Ellan Wood, close to Carrbridge village which itself is situated about 20 minutes of car ride from Aviemore.
It is time to leave the landscape of lakes, mountains, and long valleys in the center of Scotland and head through the inhospitable wasteland to the north to Thurso in sight of the Orkney islands. Instead of the highway A9, leading along the coast, I also chose deserted roads through endless moors and wetlands.
In the long valley between Fort William and Pitlochry in the middle of Scotland lies a large heath and in the middle of it one of the most deserted train stations. Surrounded only by lakes and heathland, you can still have tea inside it.
Early in the morning we set out to explore the beautiful Scotish island of Skye. Today, we are about to expect the rain whole day. We are disappointed by that because the place is beautiful. However, as rains are quite common around here it is nothing easy to plan your trip accordingly.
In the morning, we set out to beautiful Highlands situated in the northwest. On our way, we pass snow-caped mountains veiled in morning mist. This tempts us to stop and take a beautiful picture. This time we are heading to a place to what we are looking forward the most to – Skye island. A road bloc complicates our travels. It absolutely confuses our GPS which frighten us a bit. We are running of fuel while gaining kilometers and there are not many gas stations around. Eventually, everything works out well and we continue in our journey.
On this day we set off to central Scotland, to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Loch Lomond is the largest Scotish lake with the area of 71 square kilometers, the maximal depth of the lake is192 meters. There are over 30 small islands and we strive for visiting one of them.
When I first went out into the world at 18, it was Scotland. I still remember the moon in it, when I almost traced it all to this day. For 7 years I wanted to go back and finally it was time. I got on a motorbike in Prague and set off for about 2000 kilometers long way to the northwest.
Near the famous Lake Ness, there lies at the mouth of the river of the same name into the sea and the ancient city of Inverness. Today it serves as a natural center for the entire Highlands of Scotland. But the city itself is worth a stop and a little exploration.