My heart’s in the Highlands,
My heart is not here
My heart’s in the Highlands
A-chasing the deer,
A-chasing the wild deer
And following the roe-
My heart’s in the Highlands,
Wherever I go.

Farewell to the Highlands,
Farewell to the North,
The birth-place of valor,
The country of worth!
Wherever I wander,
Wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands
For ever I love.

Farewell to the mountains
High-covered with snow,
Farewell to the straths
And green valleys below,
Farewell to the forests
And wild hanging woods,
Farewell to the torrents
And loud-pouring floods!

My heart’s in the Highlands,
My heart is not here
My heart’s in the Highlands
A-chasing the deer,
A-chasing the wild deer
And following the roe-
My heart’s in the Highlands,
Wherever I go.

(„My Heart’s in the Highlands“, Robert Burns)

Where to begin? There is so much to tell, but I can’t seem to find the right words. I was looking forward to this holiday for a long time. Finally, my husband David and I would be able to spend some quality time with our families (we were 9 in total) and as a big fan of the isles I was excited to explore this beautiful country, that was yet unknown to me. After a long journey we finally arrived at night at Drummuie House, a big cottage in Golspie, which is almost 300 years old and beautifully restored and furnished. When I think about it, I really miss waking up to find the sea outside my window and the long wooden table where we used to sit and eat together. We explored our little town and the beach and went to have a look around Dunrobin Castle with its many towers and gardens. And by the way, I discovered a secret talent of mine: Cricket! Who would’ve thought, but it might just have been luck. Whatever, it was so much fun :) When it was raining, we spent the day cosy at home, playing Mario Kart, cooking or reading. As you might probably know, I’m a booklover: I brought three books with me, read them all and brought six new ones, including the new Harry Potter, which I devoured immediately. We travelled up north to the very coast of scotland, to John o‘ Groats, right before the Oarkneys. The view was absolutely amazing and the cliffs were very impressive. We also joined the Highland Games in Durness and got to know a group of young musicians called Fèis Chataibh Ceilidh Trail. A few days later they played in a whisky bar in the town next to ours, where we enjoyed their traditional music. And of course, we wouldn’t miss the chance to visit some whisky destilleries and try something of the good stuff ;) But the highlight of this holiday was definitely our trip to the Isle of Skye. Honestly, I’ve never seen anything like this before. The landscape was bleak, but at the same time it felt strangely like home. Mountains, sheep, wind, little cottages in between and lochs. There’s so much more to say, but see for yourselves.