We took a quick break from the heat here in Berlin to go back to Scotland for a few days, see the family and explore the countryside and cities. It’s always good to be back in the homeland, here is a little snippet of what we got up to.
Road Trip: We took the car up north for a few days (we hail from the central belt of Scotland) travelling past Loch Lomond, Glen Coe (the most stunning road we’ve ever driven), Fort William and Fort Augustus before reaching our fave Highland spot Ach-Na_Sidhe, Dores just outside Inverness. It is a lovely B&B with all the comforts of home, if you are ever in that area you have to stay with Marsaili, she is a friendly and a wonderful hostess, you can check them out here . We also stopped into the very cute Dores Inn for a bite to eat, it sits on the shores of Loch Ness. We kept an eye out for Nessie but only managed to spy a couple of deer bouncing along the road on our way home.
Next stop was the Isle of Skye, where we drove over the bridge and headed up to Portree, making a pitstop at the Oyster Shed for some Oysters (obvs) and seafood on the way at Carbost. The food was pretty yum, I mean who doesn’t love fresh seafood?!
Once in Portree we wandered around the pretty painted harbour before joining the rest of the tourists for some more seafood at The Lower Deck. We opted for Cullen Skink and Mackerel Paté to start with a 1kg of Mussels to finish us off. When you’re by the sea it would be rude not to, right?
We spent the night nearby in an airbnb before taking the ferry from Armadale to Mallaig the next day, a short cut of sorts - we were headed towards the Glenfinnan Viaduct for some Hogwarts Express style sightseeing. We sadly were too late to see the famous steam engine (it only crosses the viaduct twice a day - we didn’t check the times) but the viaduct itself is worth seeing and there is a cafe and museum to visit as well.
Like you would expect with Scottish weather there was sun and showers which created the best moody atmosphere when driving through the mountains but it also gave us the most amazing rainbow we’ve ever seen. Some Harry Potter magic right there.
One back down in Lanarkshire, it was back to venturing around the cities. Glasgow is somewhere we pop into more than once when we are back, whether to catch up with friends, take the family out for dinner or just to wander through it’s streets. This trip we tried the menu at Ox & Finch, we weren’t disappointed. The small plates were ideal to share and were very yummy. Will definitely be back next time we are in town. We also went back to the gorgeous Gin 71 on Renfield Street to sip gin in the prettiest of pink settings.
A holiday wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the beach, we took a drive down to Troon, and walked the beach counting the marooned jellyfish and collecting shells. Not quite a sunbathing and cocktail type beach but sand and sea all the same. Just along the coast is Prestwick where we stopped for ice cream and watched people play mini golf on the promenade. Classic British Summer Time.
Time at home well spent.
All images by me on iPhone and Fuji Instax.