Scotland is a beautiful country with breathtaking views beyond the horizons. I lived in this country for quite some time and when I left, I brought nothing but beautiful memories and stunning photos.Throughout my stay there, I discovered scenic places that one can do for a short city break.Less than two and a half hours by train from Glasgow; Stonehaven, coastal town in Aberdeenshire is the perfect place for a day trip.
From Stonehaven’s harbour, I hiked all the way up and feasted my eyes on the postcard-perfect view of the sleepy fishing village. I ventured on the medieval path and imagined stepping back in time. Then I immersed myself in a dramatic setting and thought that Great Scots like William Wallace and Mary, Queen of Scotland once trod this place.
As I went up the hill and down the valley, I set my eyes on the village’s real beauty. Dunnottar castle is perched on a hill overlooking the coast. With a grandiose beauty and enigmatic effect, it holds many secrets. Local stories and rumors about how it is believed to be a fortress in the Dark Ages. The truth is the castle was once a keeper of the crown jewels of Scotland and home of Queen Mary.
I spent the whole day lingering around the town. Whilst buying some souvenirs, I chatted with a local and listened to his stories about the castle. I also tried Stonehaven’s local version of fish and chips, sat on a bench and watched the time passed by. As the autumn dusk set in, I finally bid goodbye to the sleepy fishing village.
What an unforgettable visit but what moved me was the dramatic, inspiring experience. I wondered how magical it could be to live in this place in the Medieval Age. I thought of the old kings, queens and knights who stayed in this town. Then I wondered how a local commoner would welcome a visitor just like me. Indeed, my visit was worth it. I left with a thought, plenty of them.
N.B. Earlier and longer version of this blog was published in John Lewis Glasgow in-house magazine, April 2011 edition.