If you want to experience nature and learn more about history outside of Ireland (on a budget), you can add a weekend trip to Scotland to your plans. Clare takes a short flight from Ireland to Scotland and tours the Highlands, Glencoe, and Loch Ness. She brought her camera along to snap some breathtaking views of her time there!
While studying in Dublin, I took advantage of the opportunity to travel around Ireland and Europe. I have always wanted to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, and the cheap flights from Dublin allowed me to do that for a weekend.
The first day in Scotland, I did a tour of the Highlands, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I would really recommend doing bus tours. They take away the stress of finding your way to places and take you to the hidden gems of the area.
We started off in Glencoe, a beautiful valley in the southern part of the highlands. There are beautiful mountains and waterfalls on both sides during the drive.
We learned about the medieval history of Scotland and their families and kings. Our next stop was Urquhart castle on the shore of Loch Ness. The stunning castle is hundreds of years old and has been through countless conflicts, ending with the family that owned it blowing it up to save it from conquest. The castle offered amazing views of Loch Ness, but sadly I did not see Nessie.
Scotland is just a short flight from Dublin and is such an amazing place to visit if you are on a budget, I highly recommend the trip!
Clare Mullin is an official CAPA photo blogger for summer 2019, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An International Relations and Communications major at University of Utah, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
Clare's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.