It has taken me a while and I do not know why to write a post all about my favourite parts from my trip to Scotland. I attended the Visit Scotland Expo on behalf of Great Rail Journeys and it was a wonderful start to the trip as I saw attractions and hotels with displays showing exactly why Scotland is a hot topic. They played videos showcasing the incredible #ScotSpirit. We also hired a car and drove around Scotland completing some pre-season visits for our tours.
I wanted to share my #ScotSpirit and become an ambassador and inspire you all to think about travelling to Scotland. It is truly quite incredible over 10 days I discovered mountains, beaches and castles. As I sat in the car I made an endless list of places to come back and visit, having a photographer as a boyfriend just gives me even more of an excuse to go back!
Here are some of my all-time favourites from the trip and if these pictures do not make you book your trip to Scotland for the summer then I do not know what will:
- Drive the road through the Isle of Mull to Tobermory.
Our first part to the trip which made me truly gaze in awe out of the car window was our drive to Tobermory. We headed over on the Ferry to the Isle of Mull and headed to our hotel. The road was amazing and it was a single track road for most of the way, at one point we even passed some Highland Coo’s. Tobermory is painted straight from my childhood from watching Balamory, we stopped and got the ‘moneyshot’ picture and the colours of the buildings are extremely iconic. It is a must visit if you are heading to Scotland.
2. Hide out like M & James Bond in Glencoe.
Go out and discover the location of Skyfall’s iconic scenes in Glencoe. Whether it is a sunny or a foggy day the landscape is incredible. It is a photographer’s dream! The James Bond crew have filmed all over the world but they were ‘blown away’ by this scenery and rightly so. Get out of your car and take a wander, I definitely want to go back and strap on my walking boots and I encourage you all to do so too! It has been voted Scotland’s ‘most romantic glen’ so if you are planning a romantic Valentines day for 2018 take your loved one for a wander through Glencoe and hire one of the stunning Clachaig lodges(http://www.clachaigholidays.com/chalets/http://www.clachaigholidays.com/chalets/).
3. Spot some wildlife in Mallaig.
If you find yourself taking the Iconic ‘Jacobite Steam train’ from Fort William to Mallaig as you head over the Glenfinnan Viaduct as seen on Harry Potter. Spend some time in the lovely port of Mallaig. It is a thriving port which serves the locals of Knoydart and Tarbert. Myself and my colleagues were given the opportunity to meet the incredible staff and take a trip on the Western Isles Cruises. We firstly took a trip on the Knoydart Ferry Service with the locals who had just collected their shopping to take back home, we then switched over in Inverie to a Rib boat. This then gave us the marvellous opportunity to spot the wildlife (including the gorgeous seals chilling out on the rocks). You seriously need to take a trip on this, it is so relaxing so go on grab yourself a glass of wine, talk with the locals and spot some wildlife.
4. Dip your toe in the Silver Sands of Morar.
Take a 10 minute drive from Mallaig to the small village of Morar. I honestly had my breath taken away from me when we reached the Silver Sands of Morar. It is totally unexpected from my vision of what I thought Scotland would look like. It is the perfect way to end your day of the Wildlife Cruise in Mallaig to have a wander on the beach for the evening. The water is extremely clear and I truly felt like I was in the Caribbean, who needs to fly hours away when this is practically on your doorstep?
5. Wander the spell-binding Isle of Skye.
The Isle of Skye is home to Scotland’s most stunning landscapes. It has a wonderful mix of stunning landscape, history and coastline. Strap on your walking boots and witness the amazing sights of The Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing & the Cuillin. The magic of the Isle of Skye does not stop there…take a journey to the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle and take in the Fairy Pools. The complete distance for a walk to the pools and back 2.4km and if you are brave enough for the cold waters you can take a dip through the arch of the waterfall. The Isle of Skye also has it’s own ‘Tobermory’ Portree which is the largest town with iconic colourful shopfronts and is the bustling port of Skye.
6. Immerse yourself in Scotland’s Stunning Capital City.
You can not visit Scotland with going to the Capital City of Edinburgh. There are several events going on year-round including the stunning Edinburgh Tattoo (4th-26th August 2017) & the hilarious Edinburgh Fringe (celebrating its 70th anniversary on 4th-28th August 2017). I was captivated by Edinburgh and it’s stunning architecture we did not get a lot of time there so I am definitely going back. We did make it our goal to wander the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle and we walked past the Heart of Midlothian (it is the sight of a 15th century tollbooth, prison and a site of public execution). There is a strange tradition to spit on the heart for ‘luck’ and as an insult to the prison…you should not really spit on it…it is quite gross so I would not advise on it.
I of course could not leave Edinburgh without some Gin and I picked up some incredible Eden Mills (mentioned in a previous blog post of mine so go and check it out)which is made in St.Andrew’s using traditional methods. You are spoilt for choice with accommodation, things to do and places to eat so make it an essential part of your trip to stay in Edinburgh!
If you have thought about booking a holiday or would like to experience more of what the UK has to offer go and venture up to Scotland I promise it will not disappoint!
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