When I set out to write my travel guidebook to Scotland a year and a half ago, little did I know where it would take me.
Sure, in the literal sense I knew all the places I had to visit and revisit in order to turn out a well-researched and accurate book. In a figurative sense, though, I didn’t foresee how it would bring me back to myself.
A year before I left my day job and embarked on this project, my brother died. It was both expected and unexpected, in the way you know someone’s health is deteriorating but you never really think the worse will happen.
His death shook me to the core. However, travelling in Scotland had a rousing effect on me, which you can read about here.
Scotland is a graceful goddess. Here, remote mountain ranges soar to the sky before dropping down to deep valleys. There are lonesome lochs to discover, craggy outcrops that are home to colonies of seabirds, coastlines rich with marine life and cut-off villages where the sense of community is nothing short of life affirming. Plus, its cities pulsate with both history and innovation, and music. Music can be heard across Scotland, like a beating heart pumping its spirit through the land.
If you want to fall in love with the place as much as me, then take this travel guidebook to Scotland. Use it to plan your trip, but remember that some of the best adventures to happen in Scotland happen quite by accident.