Scotland: The Return
I feel like trips like these are the easiest to plan… mainly because there’s not much to plan. Had to book the train, book the accommodation, book the car, set up the trip’s playlist (which is the hardest bit) and wing it.
London > Edinburgh
Tuesday night, I went into London and stayed over at Emy’s flat. Around 5am, we left for King’s Cross and arrived in Edinburgh at 10am for Room and Rumour’s doughnuts. We then headed to Basel’s to drop Emy and our luggage off as they had to work.
Sarah and I then went around Edinburgh as the weather was too good to stay in. We walked to Dean’s Village, around Stockbridge, down the Royal Mile before grabbing pizza and heading back to the flat via Edinburgh’s ‘Hyde Park’. Must say though, we got extremely jealous of all the students living their best lives, having BBQs and just enjoying the sun.
We had a booking at Tiger Lily that evening. But instead of directly going, we headed up to Calton Hill to see the sunset and what a sunset it was! Tiger Lily was alright, the roti canai was such a big disappointment! I was expecting something authentic but it seemed like it came out of a packet. Although, the curry that came with it wasn't too bad. We then managed to get to Joelato in time for the best ice cream - which I was dying for but I told the team that I didn't mind if we couldn't make it in time to have some (when in reality, I've been wanting it since December).
Edinburgh > Glasgow > Tarbet > Falls of Falloch > Tyndrum > Fort William > Dunvegan
Onto the next morning, I have a strong memory of me waking up super early, excited about going up to the highlands. I ended up giving up on trying to go back to sleep around 7-ish and decided to just get ready. We picked up the car - it was a Kia Niro, and it wasn't too shabby of car - I'll tell you all about it towards the end!
And then we were off! Unlike our previous road trip, we hadn't struggled in trying to get the car, missing the train or filling it up. Phewh. Emy brought a karaoke mic and I think everyone enjoyed a bit of that. We did a quick grocery run in Glasgow to pick up snacks for the road before heading to our first planned stop - Tarbet. We parked by the lake and got our first taster of what's to come. As usual, you can't stop by a lake without doing some pebble skipping and so it began.
We drove further up and stopped by the Falls of Falloch because I can't resist anything that has something to do with waterfalls. It was a pretty easy stop - and not much of a walk to get to the falls. Once we had manifested the energy from the waterfall, we continued our journey when people started getting hungry. We tried our best to locate a grocery shop but as it is up there, you don't get many choices. However, at that point, I wasn't hungry enough to justify eating indoors and was really keen on having lunch with a view.
We got pretty lucky! Due to a push on getting hot food, we came across a cute cafe with outdoor seating called the Artisan Cafe near Tyndrum. As I was having it outside, I ended up eating my soup with a flat wooden spoon. Not complaining though as it was all worth it because we got to see a flock of sheep jumping and running from one bit of land to the other. It's like all good things happen in the highlands, either that or I appreciate things a bit more when I'm up there.
Next stop was Fort William to get ourselves food for the rest of the trip and we obviously had a few stops on the way there because it was too beautiful to not. We continued the journey to our cottage. At one point, I realised that it was getting dark but I was unable to comprehend timings just because, in my head, we shouldn't have spent that long on the drive up. We left at 9.30AM, the whole drive up was meant to take 6 hours - so it must've meant that we spent 5 hours just stationary. Therefore, take that into consideration when planning a drive up there.
As soon as we got to the cottage, we had some pretty good steak, watched a movie that I was unable to brain and went to bed.
Dunvegan > Neist Point Lighthouse > Talisker > Oyster Shed > Talisker Bay Beach > Fairy Pools
Bride's Veil Falls > Storr > Lealt Falls > Kilt Rock & Mealt Falls > An Corran Beach > Sligachan Old Bridge > Lealt Falls > Sunset Drive > Stargazing
Dunvegan > Loch Lochy > Bridge Cafe (Spean Bridge) > Laggan Dam > House of Bruar > Forth Bridge (Queensferry) > Edinburgh