Why I love Scotland
My love affair with Scotland has lasted longer than any other love. Other countries have tried to come between us over the years – Italy tried to seduce me with fine wines and good food, New Zealand almost won me over with its easy going lifestyle and rugged beauty, Australia tempted me with endless sunny skies… but Scotland kept a hold on my heart.
Ok, I admit, there were times when I wondered if Scotland and I really had a future together, and I considered moving abroad. (‘The course of true love never did run smooth’ after all!). Yet I always knew deep down that my great attachment to Scotland couldn’t just be replaced. When I was travelling, I would inevitably get the lyrics to Dougie MacLean’s ‘Caledonia’ stuck in my head and start to dream about my return.
I realised I could never move away, no matter how rainy it can be, how cold the winters (and summers!) may be – my love for Scotland is unconditional. And the weather is part of its unique character. The first time I visited the Isle of Skye, we had glorious sunshine, followed by rain and mist – but it was even more enchanting with the low-hanging cloud, and just as stunning.
What do I Love About Scotland
So what do I love about Scotland? I love its frozen beauty in winter and golden glow in autumn. The Speyside area, which is now my home, with its rolling hills and whisky sighs. The breath-taking West Coast scenery, which echoes some of New Zealand’s dramatic landscapes. I love that Scotland is steeped knee-deep in history, so that it almost comes alive before you. That legends and myths are wrapped around Scotland like a cloak.
This summer I visited parts of Scotland which I had never been to before – Applecross on the West, Taynuilt in Argyll, the coast around Pennan, the Scottish Borders – and some of the scenery was just as awe-inspiring as that which had me transfixed during my travels. Mountains rising from the sea, jutting coastline, long stretches of beach, secluded coves, sunsets to make you go running for your camera… It’s all here on my doorstep and next year I hope to explore much more of this country I call home.
And I’m sure that as I discover more of Scotland, my love can only grow.
Emma Ross writes about Scottish self-catering holidays for EmbraceScotland