Our first time exploring in the highlands

We’ve rented a van for the week and are exploring things that are within day trip distances from our home. I can already tell you that we are going to be exhausted by the end of the week, but we are loving it. I’m loving it.

It’s like a breath of fresh air to just go out and see the wide open space of the Highlands. I realized that there were going to be way too many photos to just post at the end of the week, so be ready for a flood of picture heavy posts in the days ahead. I mostly just want to share with you the beauty of Scotland as well as keep this for our own memories.

These were all taken in a glen just at the beginning of the highlands.


One of the more surprising things I’ve learned through our experience as pedestrians is how much I need wide open space to breathe. It is like a balm to my soul. One of the side effects of being in a tiny town with no vehicle is that sometimes you can start to feel things closing in on you. Trapped. And as I feel trapped physically, my spirit begins to shrink up.

Brian and I have decided that one of the ways we are going to help us deal with the dreariness and darkness this winter is try to intentionally plan some days where we get out of town. Even when it is inconvenient and difficult in the winter with kids, it is so important for us to feel that freedom physically, mentally, and emotionally.

(I’m pretty sure this guy was slightly annoyed that we were taking up his road space.)

This was our very first time in the Highlands and I can promise you that if it is at all possible, we will go again. It is rugged charm at its best.


  1. So glad that you were able to “escape”. It looks like a beautiful place to visit.

  2. SO glad you’re getting out of town! I relate to the trapped feeling and the need for open spaces (we didn’t have money for much gas the first year of marriage, so I was stuck on Southern’s campus).

  3. Fun! I loved all the photos, but I guess my favorite is Stefan’s with his top teeth out. Adorable!

  4. Wow! So gorgeous. It’s so hard for me to do “impractical, inconvenient” things like make room and time for beauty. But it does wonders for my soul and I never regret it!

  5. So beautiful! We were on such a tight budget that we didn’t make it to the highlands when we lived in Scotland. I really hope we can go back with the kids to see it, some day!

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