Francesco Lo Iacono
SCOTLAND: AN ILLUSTRATED JOURNEY
Updated: Oct 1, 2020
Last Summer I had the huge pleasure to visit Scotland for the very first time. Since moving to London, I have always tried to explore different parts of the United Kingdom. Picking Scotland as my destination for a journey of about two weeks was certainly a very good call, as I really enjoyed my time there, trying to explore as much as possible what this country has to offer.
In this post I will share with you some sketches based on my trip to Scotland, hoping to create a sort of habit of sketching while travelling. Due to this health crisis that has been involving the whole world, we are currently living very unusual times and travelling feels like something quite far away right now. With these sketches, I humbly hope I can let you travel with your mind, even if it's just for a few moments.
The first stop during my Scotland trip was its capital, Edinburgh. Even if quite busy with tourists (just like me, of course!) it was a charming first encounter, although I spent there only two nights, the second one at the end of my trip, on my way back to London.
But I feel that after leaving Edinburgh, going up north, I had the chance to discover more about this beautiful country and I literally fell in love with it. Needless to say, the best way to explore Scotland is by renting a car at least, as by train you won't be able to fully enjoy this place.
After the capital, I spent a night in Luss, a very lovely village; till this day I cherish the morning I woke up in the middle of nature, right in front of Loch Lomond, such a magic moment.
I then kept going up north, while visiting more charming destinations like Fort William, Invermoriston, Cannich, Inverness, Loch Ness and Plockton.
The final part of my trip was expected to be on the Isle of Skye, the largest and northernmost of the major islands in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. I spent three nights in the village of Portree, with its lovely harbour and people.
There's no doubt that my time in the Isle of Skye is the one filled with the best memories, this place really charmed me, I really enjoyed exploring its landscapes, reconnecting with nature and fully unplugging from my work.
I have such nice memories of my Isle of Skye visit, enjoying a walk towards the Strath Mor lake, visiting the Dunvegan Castle, the beautiful Coral Beaches and the Fairy Glen.
I feel very lucky because I also had the chance of having nice weather almost during the whole trip; besides that, Scottish people were very welcoming and I know that's also because of that that the trip was very successful.
If you enjoyed these sketches, I strongly advise to visit Scotland to discover its beauty for yourself. As for me, there's still so much to explore in this lovely country and at the end of my trip, I already knew that I will go back there as soon as the occasion arises.