You may have seen a few snaps on my instagram or started watching the vlogs but for those of you who don't know, my boyfriend Douglas and I took a week off to roadtrip around Scotland. I didn't take as many photos as I wanted but it's hard to get a good balance between vlogging and taking photos for a blog - I feel like most do one or the other and of course, I make my life harder and do both. Although I didn't take photos everywhere we went (watch the vlogs for that) I did take enough for an insight into our trip so, that being said, I hope you enjoy the rest of the post.
Our first stop was Edinburgh. I had high expectation and it didn't disappoint. Seriously, I need to go back, not just Edinburgh but Scotland in general, it's a beautiful place. Some of the places we visited include Edinburgh Castle (duh..), Scottish National Gallery, The Real Mary King's Close underground tour (I recommend booking an hour or so in advance on weekends) and Edinburgh's Camera Obscura which we did as 'just something to do' but it actually turned out to be really fun - definitely recommend.
We had breakfast both days at The Deacon's House Cafe where they do some yummy nutella crepes and we had a nice lunch at The Royal Mile Cafe. One evening we ate at The Blackbird and it was by far the best meal we had on our travels. I have to say, most restaurants and cafes we went to throughout our trip were always so lovely and had a really welcoming vibe to them.
Some silly things I noticed in Edinburgh - you'll always be able to hear bagpipes be it next to you or from afar, there are lots of whiskey, wool and tartan shops, beetroot is used in a lot of recipes and it's almost a certain that for an extra pound or two you can get a mug of soup with your lunch.
Walking down The Royal Mile on a Sunday afternoon, we saw people grounded around taking photos so we took a look, only to see three gorgeous owls so of course, we waited to have a turn holding, stroking and learning about them. Such lovely creatures.
Climbing Cairn Gorm
I did it, I climbed my first Munro (a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3000 feet). We were ridiciously lucky all week as it didn't rain once and they day we climbed Cairn Gorm, the sun was out in full force. If you know me, you'll know this is a big achievement for me because yes, I love the outdoors but heck do I like exercise. I made it to the top and back without complaining once. Pat on the back for me.
I know I have a fair few adventurous followers so if you're one of them, what's the highest mountain you've climbed?
We stopped off at Loch Morlich on our way back to the campsite and oh my, it was glorious (I'm running out of adjectives, can you tell?).
Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary
On our way from Fort William to Glasgow, we took a detour to spend the morning at the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary - it was lovely hearing about what they do for the animals and how many seal's they've saved who would have otherwise been left to die due to being ill or abandoned by their mothers.
I also got to meet some otters who are just the cutest darn things!
Have you visited Scotland before? If so, what were your favourite things to do?