The Allure of Gloom in Scotland

Scotland is a land of magnificent natural beauty that captivates the world with its charming greenery, mountains, and lochs. However, one of its more alluring characteristics is its weather. Scotland is known to be rainy, gloomy, and if your Scottish, dreich.

Despite many’s dislike of rain, Scottish weather creates something most captivating. The combination of its mossy greenery, the smell of sea salt lingering in the air, and the misty clouds drooping along mountains is most fascinating.

Here’s what I mean.


a combination of dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty and miserable weather;

At least 4 of the above adjectives must apply before the weather is truly dreich

Urban Dictionary


partially or totally dark especially : dismally and depressingly dark

-Merriam Webster

All photos belong to the author Christa Adams.

Freelance writer, solo traveler & sustainable explorer.

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