Scotland – Moody Weather & Amazing People

We knew Scotland would be beautiful even before we stepped off the plane – just from what we saw 2000 ft in the air was enough to know that this spontaneous trip would give us experiences of a lifetime.

We decided to leave the backpacks behind this time and travel with roller bags instead, just to see how we felt about it.

We don’t like to see ourselves getting comfortable with only one way of travel, but want to try out different styles all the time.

Although we have been traveling mostly in a backpacker way I wouldn’t mind experiencing a bit more of that luxury travel style, and although we are not the typical hikers we don’t mind trying that out either.

The only thing is that we are just never prepared for it – although we have become better over the years, like don’t go hiking in flip flops in the Austrian Alps anymore, we still looked like the odd ones out, and in Scotland, once again we were not prepared …

The Moody Weather

I have never seen such a moody weather anywhere else in the world. The weather can change from sunny to rainy, windy to calm, freezing to warm – in a matter of hours!

Sometimes it seemed as though it did all that at the same time, and without any rain gear things got a little complicated… but I guess it’s the weather that has contributed to the amazing nature in Scotland.

The Amazing Nature

The scenery in Scotland is simply breathtaking – the highlands is a dream landscape, with mountains, lochs and glens, and the vibrant autumn colors just made it even better.

The grey stone cottages along the roads just enhanced the scenery – these cottages were built for sitting in front of the fire, sipping tea and dipping short bread all day, the perfect situation for cozy Autumn luxury holidays – but the one thing that struck me the most about Scotland, what changed my whole perspective on things – were the people we meet.

The Friendly People

I always used to believe that the way the people acted was a reflection on how the weather was – the people from northern Europe like Scandinavia are in general very quiet people whom are difficult to get to know.

You won’t see them start conversations on the bus stop or street with strangers, you will notice that they prefer having an empty seat next to them on the bus etc.

During summertime, that changes a little, and the people become more outgoing. So I used to think that it had to do with the weather.

But when I arrived in Scotland, I was proven to be terribly wrong – Scotland has the strangest weather in the world, mostly quite miserable – yet the people are among the warmest and friendliest I have ever met.

Nowhere else has it been so easy to meet people and strike up conversations with strangers.

No matter where you were, on the bus, walking down a street or in a supermarket, people from all ages would talk to you.

It’s all in the little things. In many ways Scotland reminded me of Vanuatu, where people laughed and smiled more, and where rather than giving you a strange look when talking to them, they actually tarted talking to you.

It will take some time to let all our impressions sink in, but I will write more about Scotland and our experiences – and I will be back, for sure …

(photo credit: 3)

18 Responses to Scotland – Moody Weather & Amazing People

  1. Kelsey October 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Yay! Glad to see you had such a wonderful time in Scotland! It’s soon to become my corner of the world for a while for those reasons you listed. Except the weather. Another thing I love about The Scottish is their honesty. They never pretend to be anything but themselves. Such pride!

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 7, 2011 at 11:28 am #

      That’s very true, they were very honest but with a twinkle in the eye. 
      Cool that you’re moving there, seems a great place to live.

  2. Sheila October 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    I can’t wait to read more about your impressions of Scotland. I hear it’s beautiful and I’ve always wanted to visit. I blame it on the romance novels I used to read.

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

      Scotland is very beautiful, it’s a country full of stories and legends, perfect inspiration for romantic novels.

  3. Becky October 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    I lived in Scotland for 10 years and can vouch for the fact that it is a lovely place! Great for kids growing up.

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 7, 2011 at 11:41 am #

      I can imagine that it’s a perfect place for kids to grow up with so many things to do outdoors!

  4. Anonymous October 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    I can’t wait to go!

  5. Debbie Beardsley October 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    I too can’t wait to visit Scotland!  I have heard about the weather but the reality is probably very different.  I have always heard that the Irish were extremely friendly.  Its great knowing the Scots are too!

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 7, 2011 at 11:39 am #

      We found the Irish people very friendly as well, and extremely polite. I would say that from that aspect they are quite similar to each other. 

      I absolutely loved Scotland, would love to go back there again to see more.

  6. Runaway Jane October 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    In a way I think the reason Scottish people are so friendly is because of the crap weather lol! You have to be cheery or you’d be miserable with the amount of wind and rain! 🙂

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 9, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

      Interesting thought, I’ve never thought of it that way but it makes sense 🙂

  7. chaddygal October 8, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    We drove up for a weeks stay from Yorkshire, and loved it. It rained but we had macs! There’s history everywhere and people are proud and pleased to chat about it. The views are brilliant and the roads good, its easy to get around. Stirling and Edinburgh need a day each at least to appreciate the atmosphere. Try Edinburgh rock – its great!

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

      Good idea bringing proper rain gear, we will too next time, umbrellas just don’t work there..

      I liked both Edinburgh and Stirling, we actually decided to stay a little longer in Edinburgh because we liked it so much!

  8. Jacobs October 11, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Wow I wish I could visit here someday

  9. Lescrosnez October 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Im glad you guys liked it..sounds like you hired the car and went to the highlands at the end? ;P

  10. Cole and Adela October 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    We have been in Edinburgh nearly a year now and the weather does suck. But Scotland makes up for it with its beauty and adventure activities so that’s ok. 

  11. Lincoln Harris October 19, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    Thanks for the great information and nice pics of the tour.

  12. Emilyjbenson February 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    This was a great piece! I love the poetic description of the “moody weather.”
    I found the same to be true of Ireland when I went last summer.
    It sounds as if you’re implicitly suggesting autumn to be the best time to see the Highlands?
    Would you say that economically as well? Or simply all around?
    Emily and Robin