When people think Scotland, they think of mountains and countryside and beauty. They’re not wrong. Scotland is one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited – my two day trip consisting of touring the city of Edinburgh and Loch Ness in Iverness.

My first stop was to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions there – a large ocean liner used by Britain’s royal family on official state visits for more than 40 years. There was so much to explore on the yacht from the Queen’s bedroom, dining room, kitchens to the engine room, laundry room and crew cabins.

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Partial view of the huge yacht.
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English tea and cake on deck.
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The Queen’s bedroom on deck.
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The Royal Dining Room on deck.
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View from the deck.

After that, our next stop was Camera Obscura and World of Illusions which was another interesting experience. It was a gallery with various light and optical illusions that my sister and I had fun playing around with. It was also quite close to the Edinburgh castle which we had a look at afterwards before strolling down the city lanes for some final exploration.

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View of the city from the top of Camera Obscura & World of Illusions.
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One of the many illusions inside.
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Scottish man playing the bagpipes on the streets.

The next day, I set off for Loch Ness, exploring Iverness along the way. The scenic beauty of the route rivalled the beauty of the destination itself. I felt like I had landed in a movie as I passed by beautiful snow covered mountains, picturesque green landscapes, grazing sheep and the infamous countryside of Scotland.

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Captured during the really quick photo stop on the way.
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That picture perfect scene.
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In awe of the Scottish Highlands.

Of course, the final destination – Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle – was nothing short of amazing either. The lake stretched on for miles and miles, and though I didn’t find Nessie the Loch Ness monster lurking around, I sure found a lot of peace and serenity in the beauty that surrounded me. Ranging all the way from the Castle ruins to the lake and its islands, it was indescribable beauty at its best.

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Urquhart Castle in front and Loch Ness on the left.
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Urquhart Castle from top with Loch Ness behind it.
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Loch Ness.
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Taking in the beauty.
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Definitely one of the most memorable views and moments of my life.

Scotland certainly lived up to its word. I loved every moment spent there and only wish I could go back in time to keep reliving the beauty over and over again, especially of the Highlands & Loch Ness. It surely made for a beautiful and spiriting trip, and even a hundred pictures would fail to capture the essence of my time there – yet I have tried.

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