Travel Guide: Scotland 17.05.19

We are still settling back into the studio after spending the last two weeks road tripping through Scotland. Here are just some of the many amazing things we found along the way!

First tip, hire a campervan! We were lucky enough to borrow my parents but there are campervan hire spots dotted across Scotland and the Islands which, if like us you are coming up from London, might save some journey time if you jump on a flight to Glasgow and pick up a camper there. Its also the only way to explore all the little nooks the islands have to offer and means you have everything you need with you along the way. Top tip…. stock up before heading off the mainland, we were surprised at just how remote everything was, especially if you are travelling with kids!

Although you might be desperate to hit the coast I would make time to pop into Glasgow city centre… making sure you pay a visit to The Gallery of Modern Art. Its a beautiful art gallery, full of really interesting and interactive pieces, and great for kids too. A friend took us to Paesano Pizza for lunch and it lived up to all the hype. It was such incredible pizza, super friendly service and great coffee!

We then headed north west to Fort William, sadly Baloo is a bit small (and heavy) for us to take on Ben Nevis – but if you get the chance the views are incredible. If like us, you cant or dont want to do the climb take the Gondola up the mountain range where you can find a lovely restaurant and some more modest walking paths across the range.

From Fort William, we travelled up to the Isle of Skye. We stayed at Glenbrittle Campsite on the south west of the island. Its a remote little spot, between the beach and the mountains, completely off the grid with a cute little cafe serving award winning coffee and snacks.

The Fairy Pools are just up the road from the campsite, it was busiest spot we visited, but still much quieter than most tourist spots! Its well worth the hike even with a big toddler on your back! The walk takes you to crystal clear waterfalls and pools running through the mountains. Lots of myths and stories linked to fairies in area although sadly we didnt see any on our visit! Both the campsite and the Fairy pools are on the Dunvegan estate, and just down the road is Dunvegan Castle. Another lovely spot filled with legends and myths and well worth a visit while you’re there.

We then jumped on the ferry across to the Isle of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides. We had been recommended the unmissable Luskentyre Beach – once again it lived up to the hype… It was absolutely stunning,  white sands and turquoise seas even on a grey day. It was completely deserted which added to the feeling that you had found a real gem. The west coast actually continues much the same way for a good few miles, so I recommend jumping in the campervan and exploring further down the coastal road.

The isle of Harris also offers a bit of a rare find… the Harris Gin Distillery; unlike most of its Scottish neighbours that focus on the Scott’s main tipple, Whisky. Its a very cool distillery with beautifully branded product and a a cute cafe that wouldn’t be out of place in East London.
After a few days exploring the Islands in our little campervan with little more than running water and heat I was completely settled into our simple life, battling the elements and finding extra appreciation in all the incredible views along the way. The driving through landscapes that  are without doubt some of the most breath taking I have seen and in itself a huge part of the trip, not to be rushed.
We followed Martin Dorey’s ‘Slow Road’ back to Oban on the Mainland and around the coast back to Loch Lomond where we first began. One of the highlights along the way was Inveraray Castle. A beautiful green Walt Disney style castle in the most beautiful grounds and (if its to your tasting) the world famous Loch Fyne Oysters straight from their source.
Along the way we experienced uncountable moments spent in the most pinch-me idyllic spots that I urge you to experience yourself.

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