Capturing the Spirit of Scotland with Mr Scotland

Friday, 8 September 2017

Our Spirit of Scotland Travel Pass is the ultimate way to discover Scotland.

From the highlands to the islands, bustling city centres to hidden hideaways, the Spirit of Scotland pass can take you to wherever your wanderlust wishes.

Craig PhadrigThis summer, we teamed up with Tristan Cameron Harper, who as well as being one half of the kilted yogis and a former Mr Scotland, is also a keen adventurer. Together with photographer Jawn McClenaghan, the guys run North Blog, which focusses on discovering the real side of destinations, their people and places, all whilst capturing incredible imagery.

Keen to experience something new - not an easy challenge but one we took on with gusto, we worked hard to plan a trip which would excite the guys and tick all of their boxes. So, armed with a very robust itinerary, they packed their bags ready to head north.

The first stop on their trip was in Inverness to discover the ancient fort of Craig Phadrig before taking the train along the Far North line, one of Scotland’s most scenic railway journeys, up to Thurso. From there, the boys boarded the ferry from Scrabster over to Stromness on Orkney, passing the iconic Old Man of Hoy en route.

Over the next couple of days they explored everything from Skara Brae to the Standing Stones of Stennes and the Rings of Brodgar before moving on to Kirkwall. From Kirkwall, they took a short ferry to Shapinsay island. home to Balfour Castle and where from just 210ft high, you can see almost all of the other Orkney Isles.

The photography speaks for itself, but the guys had an incredible time. The Spirit of Scotland travel pass covers train, bus and ferry and really can take you anywhere in Scotland.

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