Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are exactly as I envisioned them to be - moody, magical, romantic and definitely a place of unparalleled beauty.

Scotland was the perfect escape from hectic London city life, and a cheap escape too! Our flights were £32.50 roundtrip from London to Inverness, which is honestly about the same price as taking the Gatwick Express from central London to the airport... why do I live in London again?

We met up with our friends who live in Berlin and we spent the first night in Inverness, soaking up some live music at Hootananny and having a delicious dinner at Mustard Seed. I also tried Scottish Tablet, which is basically a Scottish version of fudge - so good. We ended the night with some more live music + too much scotch at Johnny Foxes.

The next day we hopped into our car and drove in the direction of Glencoe, making pit-stops along the way at the Tomatin Distillery (£10 for a tour, and the DD gets to take home a mini bottle of Scotch too so he/she doesn't miss out on the fun!) as well as a photo-op at Urquhart Castle at Loch Ness. Renting a car was essential for this holiday and I am forever grateful that my boyfriend can drive stick (I can't... what a fail).

We wanted to stay in Glencoe as we heard it was the perfect peaceful spot to unwind and relax away from the city. It's been featured in a ton of different movies (James Bond most recently) and the road-trip from Inverness to Glencoe (about 3ish hours) was meant to be one of the "classic Highland journeys" - and boy it was. We twisted and turned through the mountains the whole three hours - the roads are very dimly lit so I would not advise doing the journey at night, which we found out the hard way.

Our Airbnb was so cute, very affordable (£36 each per night) and offered breathtaking views from the porch. We were told that we had arrived during the strongest snowfall of the year, so the fireplace in the unit really was a perfect touch. There was also an amazing seafood restaurant in the Holly Tree Hotel hotel next door!

Because of the snow, our tomahawk throwing/clay pigeon shooting day had been cancelled, so we decided to do a hike (with beautiful Ben Nevis in the background!) and head to a couple local restaurants instead. The boys even tried haggis at the Clachaig Inn - girls were not so brave.

We had a great weekend and came back to London totally well-rested and full of whiskey, tablet and lots of wonderful memories.

Clachaig Inn
Holly Tree Hotel (the scallops are sooooo good)
Mustard Seed

Inverness Palace Hotel

Crombie Clay Shooting
Johnny Foxes
Tomatin Distillery


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