Sunrise in Scotland.


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I woke up early on our first morning in Scotland. We’d gone to bed late the night before (after that beautiful formal dinner), but I couldn’t resist getting up early to watch the sun rise over Arthur’s Seat. My alarm rang at 7am…and then at 7.15am too. The room was pitch black and totally silent, and rising from the sheets wasn’t easy. I put on every layer of knitwear I’d managed to fit into my little suitcase, and headed outside about ten minutes before the sun was due to rise. The hotel staff promised to have a fire and a coffee waiting for me when I got back in…

The sunrise more than lived up to expectation. A deep purple sky turning pinker and pinker as the sun rose, with streaks of peach sitting low over the treeline. Getting to watch it in all its bright, short-lived glory was worth the cold toes (I missed not having my wellies and thick socks to hand, I can tell you), the colder fingers, and the coldest nose.

When I got back in to the hotel (and was installed in front of a fire in the ‘Whiskey Room’, with coffee in one hand and Elle Interiors in the other), the very first article I read began with the following:

“Scottish-American naturalist and author John Muir has this advice: ‘Keep close to nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.’

I can’t think of any advice I’ve ever been more inclined to follow.

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  • Sophie

    Amazing photos Rosie and I absolutely love that quote – (in fact I’m going to see if i can find it on Pinterest now!) x


  • Lou Duffy

    Beautiful photos! They make me proud to be a Scottish! :) the walk up Arthur’s Seat is amazing and the view is one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen!

    Lou x

  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    What a lovely thing to do! That sunrise was definitely worth catching, and the coffee, fire and magazine sound pretty lovely too :) What apt advice! I love your pink jumper as well :)

  • Fruzsina

    Amazing and breathtaking! I plan on going to Scotland for my Erasmus. I once went to Edinburgh and it blew me away! You have such amazing pictures Rosie and I love that Babour knitwear (and your hair) (and your blog)(and you)!

  • Josephine Penelope

    Wow, that sunrise is beautiful. I love Scotland, need to go back! Absolutely love the quote too, so true! Might get up early this weekend and watch the sun rise, you’ve inspired me!

  • Rosie

    So beautiful. I hope to visit Scotland soon.

  • Gabriella

    Such a gorgeous post! Really inspired me to take a trip to Scotland :)
    Gabriella x

  • Charlotte

    Beautiful photos Rosie, and love that quote. Making me excited to visit Scotland in December x

  • Ala Skrakowski

    Those photos! I saw your tweets and was dead impressed of your commitment to photographing the sunrise, it seems it definitely paid off! x

  • Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

    Gorgeous photos! I love the quote too, definitely good advice to follow!

  • Rosie

    Absolutely stunning photos :)

    Rosie xx

  • ekaete

    Gorgeous photos!

    Ekaete x

  • Jules

    As pretty as the sunset is, I am practically drooling over here because of that gorgeous sweater!!!!

  • Sarah

    Gorgeous photos and I absolutely love that quote! x

  • Evelin Kivi

    Absolutely gorgeous photographs!

  • Jennifer Polly

    These photos are absolutely beautiful! Recently, I’ve started trying to spend more time with nature and have been taking more walks around the countryside near my house. It’s so calming and I definitely agree with that advice. I have to agree with other comments too – that jumper is gorgeous!

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    Lovely quote! I completely agree with it. And can I also point out that your jumper/scarf combo is practically coordinated with the sunrise? x

  • Monique | WritingMonique

    Wow! I love the photos!

  • Fi at this and that blog

    Wow that’s one stunning sunrise – well done for catching it so perfectly too. Sometimes there’s nothing better than reminding ourselves how beautiful the world is. Fi x

  • Kate

    Beautiful photographs! Very cosy and autumnal. I’m heading to Edinburgh next March – I can’t wait!

    Kate @ x

  • laura

    It looks absolutely breathtaking. I have only been to Scotland once but i love the thought of all that high land and exploring in the crisp weather. Have an amazing trip!

  • Laura

    Hi Rosie! Your photos are beautiful! I’m from Edinburgh so I think I sometimes forget its beauty. Hope you have a lovely time.


  • Mimmi

    Stunning photos! That sunrise looks magical. Arthur’s Seat is such a beautiful place as well.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • Victoria Carlisle

    Wow, these pictures are amazing. Definitely worth dragging yourself out of bed for :) x

  • Arina

    What a gorgeous sunrise! I love how you can see a sunrise every single day, but each one is so unique. It makes me happy!

  • Tay Milstead

    What gorgeous photos! I have Scottish heritage and little details like this make me want to book a plane ticket asap. Lovely. :)

  • Ailish Goes

    beautiful, and what a lovely quote to go by :)

  • Livvy

    This is so beautiful. I tell myself I’m not a morning person… but there is nothing in the world better than sitting somewhere beautiful and watching the sunrise.

  • Bea

    So many amazing photos! and that was a very good advice to follow…. :)

  • melanie

    Amazing. What great advice. I don’t remember the last time I seen the sunrise and actually took it all in. Beautiful photographs btw.

  • Rosie

    Stunning photos. Ahh the scottish sunrises & sunsets is something that will always remind me of childhood Summer holidays. Thanks for the photos.

  • natalia h

    Oh my. That looks so fantastic, beautiful! I have a torrid love affair with Scotland and it’s my dream to go and live there for a little while at least. So this post just makes my heart swell.

    Also, that sweater looks cozy.

  • Kathryn (@KatGotTheCream)

    How beautiful and how amazing that you mananged to get up early to catch it – well done you, it was so worth it! X

  • Kellie

    Wow, these photos are stunning! and may I ask where your jumper is from? it’s lovely :) glad you had fun on my home turf! xxx

  • Daisy

    Oh my, these photos are beautiful!

  • ABK

    My dream place to visit punctuated by one of favorite quotes! Beautiful.

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