Our time in Scotland was quickly coming to a close. Even though we had seen so much in the short time we were there, it only made us want to see even more. We hope to be able to get back to Scotland one day to take in its beauty again.
The first stop on our last full day in Scotland was Eilean Donan Castle. Scotland — and all of the UK and Ireland, really — is full of castles, but this was one castle that I REALLY wanted to be sure to see. Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, and I can definitely see why! This castle was only 10 minutes away from our B&B in Balmacara which made it a super easy stop on our way out. Funny story, we actually stopped by on our way in to Balmacara to try and knock out seeing the castle before our trip to Skye, but we happened to get a windy, rainy evening to see the castle. We still stopped to take some pictures, but as you can see in the side-by-side shots, the sun a few days later made a BIG difference!
Our last day was one of the longest legs of our road trip through Scotland. We knew we would be spending the majority of the day in the car, but thankfully we got a beautiful sunny day to drive. We both agree that Glencoe was by far the most beautiful stretch of our drive. As we drove through Glencoe, we were a little regretful that we didn’t plan out more time to spend there. (There is always the next trip, right? 😉 )
Even though our day was set aside mainly for driving, we did have a goal to make it to our B&B in Stirling early enough to see the Wallace Monument before the sun went down. We were pushing it a little bit but made it to the monument just before sunset. I definitely couldn’t think of a better way to end our last night in Scotland than watching the sunset outside of the Wallace Monument looking out over the city of Stirling.
Our flight to Ireland was scheduled for later in the afternoon which meant that we had time for one more stop in Scotland — Stirling Castle. We got to the castle soon after it opened and took the 30-minute complimentary tour which gave us a lot of info about the history of the castle. (We cannot recommend taking those complimentary tours enough!) We explored the castle for about 2 hours then decided to head to Glasgow to return the rental car and get on our plane to Ireland!
As sad as we were to leave Scotland, we were SUPER excited to meet up with some of our good friends in Ireland for a few days. More about our time in Ireland in a few weeks!