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Discovering The Beauty Of Scotland’s Highlands

November 21, 2018 - Ken Lancelouy - travel - 66,724 views

I receive got been sharing most our journeying to seek about menage unit of measurement in addition to personal history inwards the U.K., but took a fleck of a interruption since my in conclusion post service (hunting for the Loch Ness Monster).  Part of the argue for the interruption (in add-on to the commons busy-ness of the vacation season) is because I wasn’t quite create to pose into words this side yesteryear side chapter, which is on the Scottish Highlands.  When a house sticks amongst me, in addition to is so unique in addition to beautiful, I notice that I involve fourth dimension to procedure it earlier I tin write most it.  Today, I am finally create to part to a greater extent than most our experience there, including recommendations.  In the coming weeks I volition piece of job along detailing recommendations from our U.K. route trip, which includes fifty-fifty to a greater extent than of Scotland in addition to England, so continue to remain tuned!

So, the funny matter most this trip is that I receive got lately become OBSESSED amongst the mass serial in addition to exhibit Outlander.  Fortunately for my hubby in addition to kids, that obsession started after nosotros got dorsum from the trip, thus I didn’t drag them to all the filming locations, nor did I brand the hubs telephone phone me “Sassenach” the whole time.  That existence said, I mean value it’s helped me appreciate Outlander inwards a unlike way, every bit I had form of created my ain human relationship with, in addition to memories of, Scotland beforehand. 

To start, the Highlands of Scotland volition accept your breath away.  As y’all tin run into inwards the icon higher upward (snapped on my iPhone from the auto window every bit nosotros drove), the mountains in addition to hills, the mist, in addition to the light-green of it all just feel magical. 

The Highlands are total of lochs, large in addition to small, in addition to rolling light-green hills.  The 2 pics higher upward were also snapped from the rider side of our Kia Optima Sportswagon, in addition to are only a sampling of the scenery that surrounds y’all throughout the Highlands.  You’ll run into a lot to a greater extent than of the landscape throughout the remainder of this post.
The starting fourth dimension house nosotros stayed was this post).  I’d highly recommend this B&B if y’all are inwards the area.  It is clean, amongst real comfortable beds, the owners are friendly in addition to accommodating, in addition to the grounds are lovely.  We had a prissy two-room suite then the boys could receive got their ain room. 
The Scottish breakfast at Mambeg Country Guest House was also superb, in addition to y’all receive got the pick to add together dark pudding in addition to haggis (yum!).
On nearby Loch Fyne, nosotros stopped to swallow at Cairndow Stagecoach Inn, where nosotros got to sample about local brew (Loch Fyne Ale) in addition to dine amongst views of the loch where my husbands’ Clan MacNaughton ancestors lived.  The repast was delicious, in addition to several of the dishes contained fresh seafood amongst ingredients farmed from the loch. 
Cullen Skink Soup (a traditional creamy Scottish soup amongst smoked haddock)
Seafood Tagliatelle amongst locally harvested seafood
Pan Seared Scallops

On our means out of Loch Lomond in addition to The Trossachs, nosotros stopped for a bath in addition to scone interruption inwards a town called Killin.  Here nosotros were also treated to the lovely Falls of Dochart, which are visible only off the primary road! 

The boys loved wearing their novel Pokémon hoodies works life at a Primark during our route trip

Our domicile for the remainder of our fourth dimension inwards the Highlands was the Hilton Coylumbrudge (in Aviemore).  Let me tell y’all – this is likely the most family-friendly hotel I receive got EVER stayed in.  It started earlier nosotros fifty-fifty left the states: the hotel contacted me personally to inquire the ages of my kids, in addition to to shipping along a guide on their activities for children.  They receive got tons of activities for kids, from an indoor heated puddle amongst a waterslide, to an outdoor play area, to an actual arcade in addition to kid-zone on-site!  The restaurants are all kid-friendly, then y’all won’t receive got to worry most dining amongst the littles.  But the best utilization (get this): they genuinely accept your kids for 2 hours inwards the evening, in addition to lock them into the arcade (with staff supervision) then that the adults tin create adult activities (whisky tasting, the on-site bar, a romantic dinner, y’all refer it!).  They select the kids dorsum to y’all inwards the lobby, in addition to y’all tin either piece of job off to bed, or accept them to the on-site nighttime club, which is opened upward to all ages every bit the DJ spins in addition to the kids swarm the dancefloor.  The kids had then much fun, in addition to then did the hubs in addition to I!

You must piece of job to Inverness if y’all are inwards this area.  And if y’all piece of job to Inverness, y’all must see Loch Ness!  Read most our adventures searching for the mythical Loch Ness Monster here

On our in conclusion hateful solar daytime inwards this area, nosotros had fourth dimension to only explore, then nosotros decided to create the scenic Old Military Road drive through Cairngorms National Park.  This is non the fastest means out of the Aviemore expanse in addition to out of the Highlands, but if y’all desire scenery, this is the means to go.  The route volition accept y’all through the National Park in addition to by Balmoral Castle in addition to Braemar Castle.

While I knew that Scotland would live on beautiful in addition to green, I was genuinely surprised at how royal it was!  There are at to the lowest degree 3 unlike types of royal wildflowers that encompass the hills in addition to moors amidst the light-green trees in addition to grass.  It made for a beautiful sight every bit nosotros drove the Old Military Road. 

Lecht Mine good every bit seen from a advantage indicate only off Old Military Road
The whole drive is stunning, but inwards Strathdon nigh Corgarff Castle nosotros works life a scenic overlook with standing stones, sculptural seats called “The Watchers,” in addition to unbelievable panoramic views.
Take a 2nd to behold…
… every bit withal skies or storms unfold
Scotch Thistle… the Braveheart flower!  Also, real spiky!

Corgarff Castle every bit seen from the viewpoint
This view, though

Old Military Road has about narrow stretches (it is an former road, after all), amongst about beautiful bridges (some exclusively one-way, then drivers involve to live on careful). 

Gairnshiel Bridge

You volition run into a LOT of sheep inwards these parts of Scotland

As if things couldn’t larn whatever better, nosotros saw the most perfect rainbow (which reminded me of the rainbow nosotros saw at the Cliffs of Moher during our route trip through Ireland).  This may live on the best rainbow I’ve always seen, every bit nosotros saw it halt to end!  The boys wanted to depository fiscal establishment gibe for a pot of aureate at the end.  My hubby managed to convince them that the pot of aureate was exclusively at the halt of rainbows inwards Ireland, in addition to inwards Scotland it is a barrel of Scotch whisky. 

Speaking of whisky, if y’all are a fan of scotch, the Highlands is a corking expanse for tastings in addition to distillery tours.  Since nosotros were driving, nosotros didn’t partake inwards tastings, but did pick upward about local bottles to savor at our hotel later.  On the route on Old Military Road, y’all piece of job through the hamlet of Tomintoul (not far from Glenlivet, if that gives y’all an thought of the character of scotch inwards this area). There is an awesome store at that spot called The Whisky Castle, which offers over 600 malt whiskies!

This is definitely a house we’ll supply to.  Even months later, I withal dream most it… it’s i of those places that stick amongst y’all after y’all experience it.  Bonny, bonny Scotland!

Stay tuned side yesteryear side calendar week for the side yesteryear side chapter of our U.K. route trip, a family-friendly guide to Edinburgh, Scotland!


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