Saturday, 2 July 2016

The Great Outdoors


Hello! 

Last week myself and Barry took a break from the city and spent a week in a cottage in Glencoe.
The cottage itself was beautiful and was refurbished in May this year so everything still had that new feeling.  The location was pretty remote although we were right next to a road and we did see a whole bunch of hillwalkers so it didn't feel too scary.  Maybe I wouldn't feel the same in Winter when it's pitch black.  

There was also an abundance of little birds flying around right outside which made it feel a bit like a disney film.  No offence to pigeons but I didn't miss them!  We also spotted some lovely deer whilst on our travels and I am sure I seen a vole.  I could be the next David Attenborough!

You might be familiar with a Vodafone advert where a guy manages to get reception everywhere he goes no matter how remote, well he clearly never stayed in Glencoe!  The lack of social media and Internet was actually quite nice though and it resulted in me discovering a hidden talent.  I am a killer draughts player.  Poor Barry had to suffer 5 straight defeats.  I am currently investigating any professional draughts competitions I can enter because surely this could be my shot at fame and fortune! 



We did a lot of driving and covered places like Fort William, where we got the Mountain Gondola, which took us 650 metres up the mountain of Aonach Mor .  It was pretty cloudy so the view was almost non existent but was still fun and the chips in the cafe were good!  I like to sample chips wherever I go, even on mountains.

We also visited Oban, Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Inverary, as well as accidentally discovering the Silver Sands of Morar with the whitest sand I have ever seen!  Unfortunately there were no blue skies that day so my photo doesn't really do it justice.  We also drove along the Skyfall road at Loch Etive.  Daniel Craig wasn't driving me, but it was dry that day so I guess you can't have it all


I always holidayed in Scotland or England whilst growing up, as my parents never went abroad, but this was my first Scottish holiday as a adult.  When you live in the city it's easy to forget what beauty lies only a few hours drive from your doorstep.

Usually when I pack for holidays I go insane and stress over every detail and take way too much, and sometimes don't even wear half of it!  I embraced the outdoors and kept it simple with jeans, t-shirts and old comfy boots.   No accessories were taken which is a first but I actually loved it!  There was no thought process in getting ready each morning.  One raincoat (because in Scotland June doesn't mean sunshine) and one backpack and I was all set to meet the great outdoors.  

As much as I loved my mountain retreat I can't decide what I love more, having no neighbours and an amazing view right on my doorstep, or being somewhere that Dominos deliver to?  Whenever Dominos set up shop in the Highlands I am so there!!