Glen Coe – Scotland – The most beautiful place in the world?

Glen Coe

Glen Coe

One of the most stunning places I went to in Scotland, was somewhere we just stumbled upon; a beautiful, long stretch of road through Glen Coe.

It is a Top Gear driving road if I ever saw one. 

We came across it while driving to the safari park, and despite the miserable weather it still looked beautiful. A couple of days later, we drove through it again on the way back from Loch Ness. That time, the weather was much kinder to us, and we were treated to beautiful scenery. It’s easily the nicest place I’ve ever driven through. 

The thing that struck me most was how vast and timeless it is. Apart from the road, and the odd hotel, there are very few signs of civilisation. It could be any period in time, and it’s not hard to imagine dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts roaming the glen. 

And that makes it so beautiful, and a little haunting, because you can easily imagine dinosaurs and prehistoric beasts roaming the glen. In that way, it reminded me of parts of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. 

Glen Coe

Near one of the pull-ins, my Mum spotted some deer so we parked up, and hopped out with our cameras and quietly headed down towards them. 

Deer in Glen Coe

I almost tripped over something, and looked down to find a deer antler at my feet. It’s now resting on the top shelf of the bookshelf in the living room. 

Deer antler

Strangely, the thing that drew my attention more than the deer was the white house. I don’t know if it was lived in, but wouldn’t it be a stunning place to live? If it is lived in, I might feel a little weird about taking photos of someone else’s house…

White house in Glen Coe

Deer in front of a house in Glen Coe

Sure, it would be bleak in the winter but I’m sure the views would be more than worth it. I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of person might live there, why they would live there? And would they let me move in? 

There were a few places I visited in Scotland that were just so peaceful, and this was one of them. It’s a feeling that words can’t do justice. It was nice to feel like modern civilisation might not exist, and just appreciate the stunning beauty of the place. 

I couldn’t help but recall my favourite line from Desiderata

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world

Its easy to get so caught up with the terrible things that happen in the world, and amongst all of that we can forget the good. 

What’s the most remote-feeling place you’ve ever been? 

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  • Wow that looks incredible, I would love a weekend away there with nobody else around just peace.

    xxx
    Lyndsey
    http://www.labeau.co.uk

    • It would be so nice would’t it? Especially as you could watch the deer roam around in front of your house.

  • I wouldn’t half mind living somewhere like this, although I’m not sure I could cope with the isolation. I like my own space and place, but without hearing others, even if it’s just a dog barking, i’m sure it would get super eerie!

    • Yeah, I bet it is eerie, though I’m sure the animals around there make plenty of noises at night.

  • This reminds me of NZ! In the South Island you can drive for hours without seeing anyone or anything. So removed but awesome at the same time. We just booked all of our Scotland b+bs – so excited! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • Ooh, what parts are you visiting? You’ll have a wonderful time, it’s such a stunning country.

      I’ve always wanted to visit NZ. My Mum was supposed to move there when she was little, and we’ve always wanted to see where she should have grown up.

  • When I was little I always wanted my parents to take me to Scotland for some reason, they never did!

    These photos remind me of Snowdonia. I spent so much time there when I was growing up, and the stillness and remoteness is something that I can still recall.