BONNIE SCOTLAND: A PHOTO ESSAY

Let me preface this by saying that I'm quite familiar with Scotland. My parents are Scottish, most of my family still lives there and I eat haggis on the regular (don't hate!). So when I decided to take a trip back to the homeland, I thought it would be like any other ol' trip that consists of me happily stuffing my face with Jaffa Cakes and downing Irn Bru. And while I did plenty of that, I wasn't quite prepared for the incredible beauty of the north, as I set off through the Highlands to the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and Oban.

There are the obvious stereotypes out there about Scotland – crap weather, greasy food, whisky flowing through the streets – but all I experienced was the sun shining off the lochs, some of the freshest seafood I’ve ever had and an endless amount of breathtaking landscapes and lovely wee towns. I hiked up some massive hills (barely) and came upon some badass wildlife along the way (sheep, deer, hairy coo’s – you name it).

Below are a few snaps from my trip, but let’s get real – pictures never do the real thing justice. The dramatic beauty of Scotland is something you’ll want to experience for yourself. Well, that and Irn Bru (it is legit the best thing ever).

Bonnie Scotland: A Photo Essay - image of a house on a loch
Bonnie Scotland: A Photo Essay - Image of a cliff edge
Bonnie Scotland: A Photo Essay - Image of Lauren from This Renegade Love standing on the edge of a Loch
Bonnie Scotland: A Photo Essay - Image of a Loch
Bonnie Scotland: A Photo Essay - Image of a deer
Bonnie Scotland: A Photo Essay - Image of a man overlooking a loch wrapped in a Scottish flag
Bonnie Scotland: A Photo Essay - Image of a castle

Lauren McPhillips is the Editor of This Renegade Love. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with a fridge stacked full of Irn Bru.