Hidden inspiration of scottish borders

Do you know that feeling that you are somewhere and you think that you know it there and yet still something can truly surprise you?

That´s why I love Scotland. It is beautiful green country where nature shows itself in its fullest. Every time I go somewhere I am stunned by its beauty. Always I found hidden treaures of this country and little suprises which inspire my soul.

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Colony of Artists

Have you ever seen that kind of community where people know each other? The community which almost have a magical atmosphere full of creativity? Community where people just love to share ideas and create something together?

Maybe you are lucky enough to live in such place but for rest of us it is something seen only in movies or fairy tales. Today I was lucky enough to see such community just few streets away from me.

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Hiking skottish highlands with 20kg backpack. Is it possible?

Breath taking mountains wilderness and nothing just nature around is why I love hiking. It can be overwhelming sometimes but same time it´s one of those things which make you realise you´re alive.

Once you look from top of the mountain around feeling almost as a part of clouds and heaven. Do you know that feeling? Not just slight rush through your body and stomach, proudness of what you have just managed to climb but as well that feeling of freedom, being part of something much bigger which seems to be almost reachable on the top of the mountain or you can almost smell it in the air surrounding the mountain lake.

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Back to wilderness from busy city life in only one day – camp by Loch Lomond

Do you need to get out of busy life of the city but don´t have much of spare time? Want to go for a short trip (1night) somewhere in Scotland? Are you very much skinned but still need to clear your head?

What about ´bonny banks of Loch Lomond? I can assure you they are even bonnier then the song.

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you can have such great views just outside of the door if you camp by Loch Lomond

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The most intense day hitchhiking Scotland

Hitchhiking. I always wanted to try it. Well I did it couple of times when there wasn´t any other option get to the place but those were just short distances. This time it was completely different. We filled our backpacks to be ready camping on the way, I wrote signs for directions on the cardboards and we hit the road ready to hitchhike Scotland.

There was just a tiny problem.

It was Saturday and it was raining. Raining all day.

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We eneded up under the bridge realizing hitchhiking in the rain is just hard.

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Crossing Forth Bridge (South Queensferry and Dalmeny)

My friend once told me ´Buy a ticket to South Queensferry, cross the bridge, walk around and then stop by in Dalmeny. Just tell to the ticket guy that you will be stopping in Dalmeny and then continue to Edinburgh. He should be fine.´ As person who doesn´t like conflicts (in a case one would of happen with ticket guy) I wasn´t very sure about this idea. But I took a risk.

Edinburgh itself offers a lot of interesting places to visit. Do you want to explore deeper and more father? Just by train or bus distance there are amazing places which shouldn´t be abandoned in Edinburgh´s shadow.

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Experience unforgatable weekend in Edinburgh over Fringe

That time of the year when there is three times more people, music everywhere, venues full of visitors. Me and my friends spending nights drinking beer and seeing one life band after another, venue shows changing to street performance and getting satisfying feelings what only music can offer.  There is a place famous for its festival and fringe. This place is in Scotland and attracts all artists, magicians, musicians and other performers all over the world every year.

Would you like to visit one day and wondering what Edinburgh over festival time looks like?

Let me give you small taste of this remarkable event.

You already know that I live In Edinburgh at the moment. I haven´t post much lately there was festival known as ´film festival ‘or ´fringe ‘ here. There is happening way too much everywhere so I find it quite overwhelming, but in the same time if you go with a flow you might find many surprisingly amazing performances.

It all started with amazing opening light show on St. Andrews square.

I think I have never seen such a thing in my life. Until now I have seen opening show in past three years and every year I thought it can´t get any better. But they beat it every year. Light show on buildings around whole St. Andrews square was something what is not even possible to capture by words or photos neither by camera.

But here is an idea…

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Wallace Cage (from Rosewell to Roslin)

I was walking through the forest when fairy appeared: ´You´re in forbidden fairy-tale land, no many people access this different realm.´ Do you like fairy-tales as I do? Scotland is full of them. Let me tell you about one of them.

There is one place not far from Edinburgh and very well known for Down Browns movie – Roslin. Today I don´t want to talk about the chapel although one day I will get there too. I would like to talk about the trip from Rosewell across the hill to Roslin and passing by legendary William Wallace cage.

That was quite rainy day when I took a trip from one village to another. My main goal was to find Wallace cage as I tried it once but I wasn´t successful. I have to admit I wasn´t prepared that time and that was very last minute idea once we went to visit Roslin chapel. This time my goal was very clear I went on my own and enjoyed very rainy scottish walk through fields and forest to find William Wallace cage. There is actually not very easy walk there. Without nowadays technology I would never find it, well I didn´t even have a map just navigation in my phone.

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Edinburgh´s true colours

There are many amazing places around the globe and I ended up in Edinburgh. Yes city is historical and beautiful but sometimes I wonder if amount of rain and wind and darkness don´t beat this beautifulness. There is something about this place what is not easy to name it but is definitely special. Nowhere else I have ever lived or spent some time I have felt so shifted emotions as here. This is place of my highest and happiest self as darkest and lowest as well.

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Tantallon castle (Scotland)

Part of the trip to North Berwick was visiting Tantallon castle, incredible piece of history. I don´t want to bore you with much of history so the most important information is that Tantallon caste was begun in 1350s by William Douglas. Have you ever seen Outlander? Douglas family was powerful scotish family with connections to royalty and in Tatallon happened to appear people like Mary Queen of Scots.

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