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07.08.2019- The Staycation Series: A Scotland Photo Diary

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

My most recent trip (although not quite the last one of the year!) was to beautiful Scotland. As I touch on in a post from last month, my lovely friend Katharine and I travelled around, spending some time exploring both Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as getting out into the beautiful countryside of Argyll and Bute and Loch Lomond. It was lovely to be able to balance out some time in each city with fresh air and some truly spectacular surroundings, and we had some wonderful recommendations to build our trip around too:

The colourful streets of Grassmarket in Edinburgh, full of lovely independent shops.   
A local legend in the shape of Greyfriars Bobby, and the quite solitude of Greyfriars Kirkyard.  
Next, on from Greyfriars to the National Museum of Scotland, home to the most impressive entrance hall and array of displays! 
   A trip to Holyrood Park and a trek up Arthur’s Seat- not for the faint hearted (or the flip-flop wearer).   
An evening stroll along Prince’s Street to dinner, taking in the Scott Monument and the Castle.
Heading back to the hotel at sunset- picture perfect!   
Driving to Arrochar in Argyll and Bute via Loch Lomond- beautiful!  
The lovely Ashfield House where we stayed for one evening- a lovely, tranquil spot which I cannot recommend enough! 
   Dinner at the original Loch Fyne in Cairndow- delicious!    
 A walk up to Dun na Cuaiche in Inverary.  
 Exploring Inverary Castle and gardens. 
 We were so lucky with the weather for most of our trip- beautiful blue skies here! 
  Onwards to Kilchurn Castle- another tranquil pocket of paradise.  
 Back to Loch Lomond and the picturesque surroundings of Luss. 
.   Then, Glasgow- exploring Kelvingrove.
The lovely botanic gardens in Glasgow.   
A final morning before heading home- visiting Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis.

This trip was really lovely as it gave us the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds, from visiting Edinburgh’s picturesque cobbled streets, exploring the history and charm of Glasgow to getting out into the countryside and seeing some of Scotland’s spectacular natural landscapes for the first time, including the stunning Argyll and Bute and Loch Lomond- destinations which are truly otherworldly in their beauty and in the sense of peace and tranquillity which they offer to visitors. I’m already itching to plan a return trip to explore more of the area around Skye and beyond, so if you’ve done something similar I’d love to hear any recommendations which you might have- from the best places to stay to the most stunning things to see. 

Are you planning any exciting trips? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)  

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