I know that school already started for most people, but I don’t find that a reason to not write my travel posts. I’ve been back in Belgium quite a while now, right now I am sitting alone in a cafe with my laptop and I am ready to throw it back to my wonderful two weeks in Scotland.
I went to Scotland July 2nd to 14th, and what a trip it was. If there is one thing that I can recommend, it is to take the boat from Amsterdam to Newcastle (from the company DFDS). I love being on a boat and the sunset was absolutely amazing. Everything about it was great and if you’re lucky, you may even spot an orca or dolphins, and who doesn’t want to see that? On the boat there was a dinner- and breakfast buffet, a bar, a casino, and many other things.
Traveling to Scotland meant lots of long drives and lots of moving around the country. So it’s safe to say that going to Scotland is definitely not your typical chill vacation. My family and I stayed in three different locations throughout the trip and we saw many different cities.
Our first stay was Haggerston Castle, which is located in Northumberland (England). We stayed here for four days. During our stay we visited Edinburgh, which is by far the most majestic town that I have ever seen and I would love to go back there sometime. To me this was the best thing that we had done on this trip, I loved everything about it and I can stare at the pictures and clips I made that day for hours and hours. So if you ever find yourself near Edinburgh, don’t even dare to not visit it because it is worth all of your time. In Edinburgh just walking around is a fun thing in itself, but besides that you can also visit the National Galleries of Scotland which is filled with the most beautiful paintings, it’s free entrance and a must see while you’re there.
The rest of the day we spent wandering around and I can proudly say that I saw Prince William arriving in a car at the castle of Edinburgh. We ate at the Burgers and Beers Grillhouse for lunch, an American restaurant but amazing food and good service, but I would recommend to choose a restaurant with lots of Scottish specialities to have a full experience!
Nearby Haggerston Castle is Holy Island, with the beautiful town Lindisfarne. Be sure to check the tides before you go there because every year they have to fish several cars out of the water because they weren’t paying attention. The road to Holy Island is flooded for about 10 hours a day but is a unique thing to visit and I loved it. They have a small population of about 60 people and it is very cosy there.
Our next stay was Mains of Taymouth, Kenmore (Scotland). This was a very beautiful holiday park with beautiful lodges and a beautiful environment. From here we went to Aberfeldy and we visited the Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, a whisky distillery/museum which is just as fun for kids as it is for grown ups and is something you have to do when you are in Scotland. In Aberfeldy you can take different walks through the forest with very majestic sceneries to finish up your day there. Here we ate at the Three Lemons restaurant which again offered very good food (and that counts for every place we went to during this trip).
A beautiful town not too far from Kenmore is Inverness, which was just as beautiful as Edinburgh at some points and is great for a short visit as there is not too much to visit but definitely makes for a nice walk. In Inverness, my parents and I ate haggis for the first time, and it was delicious. If you don’t know what haggis is, it are most of the organs of a sheep prepared in the sheeps stomach… As disgusting as it sounds, it is understandable why it is such a popular dish in Scotland and you should definitely try it if you get the chance.
The last place we stayed in was Loch Lomond, here we did a lot of walking around and we only visited one city. This city was Glasgow, which I have to admit was a bit of a disappointment to me after seeing all the other beautiful towns that Scotland had to offer. One thing I loved in Glasgow was the Riverside Museum, a museum about transport throughout the last centuries. Glasgow did have it’s beautiful sides, but as soon as we accidentally stepped into the non-touristic part of the city we didn’t like it at all. I am not saying that you shouldn’t visit Glasgow but I would have rather visited the other towns a second time. It may just have been familys fault but for us Glasgow wasn’t the best thing to end our holiday with.
And after that we wen’t back home, to Belgium, by boat. Of course the sunset was amazing again and I wen’t home happy to have seen all the places we visited. This was my first time visiting the UK and I definitely want to go there again, and I did, but that’s a story for a different blog post 🙂
WARNING: if you can’t live without your phone, we had awful reception throughout our entire trip which didn’t matter that much but it was definitely inconvenient sometimes!
Lots of Love, M.