Donna Karan, the famous American fashion designer said: It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos.
In this case, the calm is the tranquil villages in Scotland. Whereas the chaos, …I suppose we all know too well that stress has the ability to cause havoc in one’s day-to-day existence. And that brings us to the purpose of this article. To detox from stress and find peace amid the storm.
When you travel Scotland you soon realize that this is a country proud of its conservation skills. Plockton lies in the sheltered bay of Loch Carron. The village is surrounded by a ring of hills. In the summer this village is at its best with picturesque scenes of pleasure boats on the waterfront, flower gardens, and Highland cattle in the countryside.
If you want to avoid the crowds and make a day trip with friends, then Travel and Home’s recommendation is to book a private (minimum group size of 4 travelers) coach tour to Glenelg, Plockton, and Applecross.
At about 52 km’s (32.2 miles) away from Fort William (another beautiful village) lies Fort Augustus.
Breathe the fresh Highland air on the most southern tip of Loch Ness while you enjoy the stunning scenery.
Fort Augustus is a great weekend getaway with more than enough things to do. For instance, a cruise on the Caledonian Canal which is between Fort William and the city of Inverness.
The Urquhart Castle is a beautiful romantic ruin – a must-see. And for those who love meandering in curio and craft shops, the Clog and Craft shop is the place to pick up beautiful leather products, and handmade clogs. To name a few.
The village is popular with cyclists, and if you’re up to scenic walks, you definitely must stay in Fort Augustus for at least one weekend. A long weekend will be even better!
Oh, and don’t forget the Iceberg Glassblowing Studio near the Caledonian Canal. This is the place to buy your own Nessie, that is if you were unable to catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster.
I discovered this cozy spot around 15.2 miles / 24.4 km from Fort Augustus. It was another of those worth-it stops on our road trip to the Scottish Highlands!
About 18.8 miles / 30.2 km from Fort Augustus on the A82, is another little gem of a spot where we stopped for something to eat and curio shopping.
Portree is the main village on Skye. The quaint harbor is lined with colorful houses. A marvelous photo opportunity!
At the Aros center, you’ll learn more about the island’s Gaelic heritage.
Portree is famous for having the last (1976) telephone exchange in the UK!
The best time to explore Portree is around July / August when the weather reaches a temperature in the upper teens. But beware, don’t leave your umbrella behind and pack something warm to wear when the temperature drops at night.
The picturesque Portree is worth visiting. For an authentic Portree experience, pop in at the public bar of the Pier Hotel, and enjoy their warm hospitality.
There’s plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from. That said, if you’re up to spending time in the kitchen, then hop on over to the harbor for fresh fish from the fishmongers.
And one last tip, first check if Portree has the Tartan scarves or muffler you’re looking for before you shop in Edinburgh. They have the most beautiful ones and great quality too.
Killin in Stirling is another of the beautiful tranquil villages in Scotland. This small village is known for the scenic Falls of Dochart.
Things to do in Killin include scenic nature walks and salmon fishing.
In addition, you have beautiful places to see such as Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
Also, Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve. You’ll get up-to-date tourist information from the NTS Office, Lynedoch, on the Main Street of Killin.
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Our last village in this series of tranquil villages in Scotland is by no means the least of them all. When you’re in this charming historic fishing village you’re also at one of the UK’s most photographed harbors. Already when you walk on the cobbled streets leading to the miniature harbor, you’ll want to use your camera.
Crail is only 90 minutes’ drive by car from Edinburgh, which makes it a perfect weekend getaway.
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