Being Egyptian, an unlucky one in that case, I’ve never seen snow in my life. Given that a cold Egyptian night for all the time I’ve lived there was a 4 degrees rainy night, with an average winter temperature of about 8-13 degrees. In October 2013 when I moved to North East England, I thought I am finally going to see snow!! All those white photos of England, accompanied by the reassurance of the locals that it does snow every winter gave me faith that my snow virginity will finally be broken.
But as I mentioned, I am an unlucky one. Winter 2014 didn’t have any snow in North Eastern England. Instead, it snowed back home in Egypt for the first time in over a 100 years!! Snow is just avoiding me!! While it was extremely cold in England for my liking, my hopes for a white Christmas were quickly replaced by the fact of the only extremely wet and rainy winter I had to endure.
This New Year, I welcomed 2015 in Scotland (again). However, this time I headed North. Way North. I visited the Scottish Highlands on a 3 days tour with Haggis Adventures. While I still didn’t see it actually snowing, I finally broke my virginity of walking on snow and frosty grass. Walking on ice. Slipping in the ice and feeling like I dislocated my shoulder.
I even had the experience of ‘no grip’, when the bus was sliding backwards on a hill and the brakes were useless! It was all a first time experience for me and I was overwhelmed all the time! I loved it!
Seeing this for the first time reminded me of being in Spain in 2011, when I was just taking loads of pictures of green mountains because it was a first time seeing them for me back then! I was just taking loads of useless photos of white mountains this time!
So here we go, without any further introductions, my favorite snowy and icy pictures of the Scottish Highlands!
This is one of the first pictures of the snow that I got to take! After getting so excited when the mountains started getting white, while still on the bus. I even had a few failed attempts at taking photos from inside the bus. iPhone camera, too much movement, reflection from the windows, it was just failed attempts. So when we finally stopped it was my chance to finally breathe in that cold air and try to digest the white landscape that I was seeing for the first time!
Our next stop was in Glencoe, famous for the massacre of the McDonald family. I won’t go into historic details, though it is a very interesting story that I am thinking of writing a whole post about!! The views there are just majestic!
Sometime after we made another stop for this view; I was mesmerized every time, and I could never stand sill! Just walking on the snow and hearing its crushing sound was making me move a lot (until I slipped and fell, then I started being more careful)
The next morning had a little special adventure. Carrying my suitcase from the hostel and crossing this road took me about 7 minutes, just placing one foot in front of the other ever so slowly to avoid slipping. A few minutes later, the bus was stuck on the ice on a slight hill climb, not able to go any forward. When we evacuated he bus, it started sliding backwards! To see this was what I needed to get a slight idea of what life in cold countries is actually like! However, locals and other drivers were very helpful, and we finally made it up the hill and continued our way, only to see an accident about an hour later on the road.
One of the first stops that next morning was at this place. Sadly I don’t remember its name, or the names of the characters in its legendary story, it is said that the water there is magical and preserves beauty! It was fun watching our guide and several other people dip their faces in the ice cold water (not this one in the picture, the river stream that is not quite visible in this shot).
One of the millions of views I’ve seen on that amazing trip. I suck in keeping track of names of places and rivers, but the view will forever live in my memory!
Is this THE cutest cow you’ve ever seen or not? The “Heilan Coo” (Highlands cow) aka Hairy coo
Have you been to the Scottish Highlands before? This was my first time there and I admit, this is a place I have to return to again, several times, at different times of the years! I can only imagine how beautiful those mountains will look in the spring, or under the summer “heat” (which for the record, is almost equivalent to an Egyptian moderate winter day).
Do you have any photos of snow that you really like? Share them with everyone here in the comments or send them on the facebook page!