As if anyone really needs an excuse to visit Scotland (other than…it’s Scotland), the land of Braveheart and throwing-logs-for-sport has been named the best tourist destination of 2013 thanks to James Bond.
Scenes from Skyfall, the latest Bond film, apparently enchanted enough people who decide what the best place to visit will be to name Scotland as the best place to visit, and if you watched the movie you will either be left with a sense of righteous satisfaction or complete confusion.
Skyfall’s Scottish backdrop, mainly the boyhood home of Bond and the lands around it, is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Gorgeous, lush, hills and bubbling brooks, dirt roads leading to a home that looked like it was out of a fantasy novel, and James Bond walking around in an ascot and hunting rifle doesn’t hurt the lookin-balls either. Of course, there is no sunshine in this Scotland, it is constantly overcast, damp, and everything makes you itch as if you were wearing wet wool…and your nose is probably always running in this Scotland too. Frozen finger tips. Wet socks.
Depending on how you feel about dreary days, dilapidated houses, lack of pavement and modern amenities this Scotland is either a nightmare or a dream. Let’s weigh the pros and cons:
lack of people
experience a culture different than yours and learn something new
buildings falling apart (seemingly)
no civilization (seemingly)
James Bond probably won’t be around to give tours
Wear wellies, wool socks, mittens and take off your sunglasses. Problems solved!