SCOTLAND ROAD TRIP : TO THE HIGHLANDS VIA STIRLING

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“To Travel Is To Take A 

Journey Into Yourself’’ 

                                    -Danny Kaye

I guess speechless should be an understatement when describing Scotland! The beauty of Scotland has taken my breath away. We have travelled to so many places so far but this trip will be very close to my heart forever and that too for good reasons :). Yes as you can make an idea from the title of the post, we did a Scotland road trip. We have never done a road trip before and after coming back from the trip I am just looking forward to do it again in the near future. 🙂

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Travel plan from London to Glasgow (Scotland)

We boarded a morning flight from London Stansted airport to Glasgow. Flight time is just over an hour and by the time you feel like getting settled inside the flight you have to gear up for landing :P. But if you are an expert sleeper like me, you can still sneak in a half an hour nap in between. hehe! After landing, we walked towards the car rental counters straight away to collect our pre booked car which was going to be our companion for the rest of the trip. We booked with Avis car rentals and we were quite satisfied with their service. There are many other car rental companies at the airport apart from Avis, choose any one as all have similar services and facilities. This business is quite popular in Scotland as travellers/ tourists like to drive through out the highlands and other beautiful parts of Scotland. It actually makes sense to hire a car, as it offers you a lot of flexibility to admire the beauty of Scotland at our own pace. You can stop your car, get down and take some lovely photos of the beautiful nature and be off on your way again; which is exactly what we did. There are also guided tours from the cities which we did the last time we came to Scotland but trust me this time we have seen a different Scotland. The car makes a big difference in your travel at least in Scotland but yes if you want to see and feel the historical place in a short span of time then taking the guided tours won’t be too bad. The choice is yours :).

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Visit Stirling Castle

While mapping our travel plan, we wanted to start with a visit to Stirling Castle on the way from Glasgow to The Highlands. So as we came out of the city and drove towards the motorway leading to Stirling, I started noticing the greenery all around. It actually felt great as we were moving away from the hustle and bustle of the biggest city in Scotland. After reaching the castle, we parked our car in front (parking chargeable) of the castle and bought the tickets to enter the beautiful Stirling Castle. We enjoyed and explored the history of the castle and walked along the cobblestoned streets inside. The castle sits on top of a cliff and the view from the castle of the entire countryside around it is magnificent. It takes around 2 hours to go around the main parts of the castle after which we decided to have lunch in the Unicorn cafe inside the castle grounds. The lunch was very good and we departed as very satisfied customers towards our farmhouse cottage where we had booked to stay for the night.

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A Farm House Cottage To Stay

Leaving the Stirling Castle behind us we reached the farmhouse (about 15 minute drive from the castle) where we stayed in a beautiful Scandinavian style wooden cottage. The place was really cute, the cottage was nice and attached to it there was a lovely garden and a big patio where you can simply sit with a cup of coffee and enjoy the view of the farmhouse and the animals grazing on the green grass. Oh what a lovely sight it was. When we woke up the next morning, Raj and I went for a morning walk following the trails which actually lead to the adjacent forest. Being a view lover I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the farmhouse. After finishing our breakfast we loaded the car with our luggages and some nibbles to enjoy on the way and headed towards our next destination.

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Some Beautiful Spots on the Way to Fort William

As this was a road trip, we have not only enjoyed the drive but loved the stops at the different spots and view points on this entire trip. Our first stop was the

  1. Doune Castle, it is in the village Doune which falls under Stirling district. The castle belongs to the medieval period and over time it has gradually become a roofless ruin and is now maintained by Historic Scotland, a lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment . This castle has been featured in literary works like Sir Walter Scott’s novel “Waverly” amongst others. You may all know about the popular TV series The Game Of Thrones but do you know? Doune Castle was used for filming some of the Winterfell shots in the pilot episode. I think many of you will now be more interested to visit the place :). After taking some good photos of the castle and of course myself (hehe!) we moved onwards our next point.

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  1. For some refreshments we halted at the Trossachs Woolen Mill & Weaving Shed , a beautiful place for taking a break, meeting and admiring the cute Hamish (The oldest highland bull in Britain), the old weaving machines and of course, the  wonderful view of the green mountains covered with greenery which was surely the icing on the cake. The landscape was starting to get more and more beautiful. Scotland is all about admiring the nature’s beauty and for that you don’t have to visit all the castles and the touristy places, just enjoy the moment and the beauty of your surroundings.

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  1. Loch Lubnaig , A point well worth the stop , if you follow me on Instagram, you will have probably seen this breathtaking shot and yes it was taken here at Loch Lubanig near Callander, the first of the many Lochs (means Lakes in Scottish Gaelic language) we visited on our trip. I will insist a stop over here for some good photography is a must. The lake is surrounded by the mountains, there is a beautifully maintained pebbled beach on the shores of the lake and the best part is that there are some rocks at ankle deep water on which you can stand and take some mind blowing photos creating an illusion as if you are literally standing on the water in the middle of the lake, as I did. 😛

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OUTFIT : Through out the trip I have chosen to wear super comfy clothes and a cap of course to save me from a bad hair day :p. and the backpack served me very well. It is easy to carry, spacious to pack loads yet stylish for me to team with all the outfits I wore in this trip. 🙂

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  1. Killin Village and The Falls Of Docharts, this was our next halt for some yummy lunch. I was in love with this cute village at the Falls of Docharts which is at the western end at the Loch Tay. Loch Tay is very popular for fishing. Killin village is a good base for taking walks, water sports, fishing and wildlife because it is situated at the edge of the Ben Lawyers National Nature Reserve and the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park. We really enjoyed our lunch at The Falls of Dochart Inn which is right next to the falls, enjoying the gushing water of the falls through the windows. Here are some clips from Killin village. Now it was time to head towards Glen Coe Visitor Centre in the highlands.

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  1. Glencoe Visitor Centre- Driving through the magnificent Glencoe area, its an amazing   experience to see the towering mountains and the valleys all around. Glen Coe visitor centre is mainly an information centre from where one can get all the information regarding the walking, climbing, wildlife and other adventurous activities of your interest. We relaxed a bit and had some coffee and cake and by that time we were so so tired, we headed directly towards our apartment which was near Fort William. After reaching there, I felt like I was in a  dream. The apartment was beside Loch Lochy surrounded by the mountains on the north. The perfect end to a wonderful day.

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The next morning I woke up, a cup of coffee in my hand and a view to die for!

Stay tuned to see and know what happened next in our Scotland trip and which other wonderful places we visited 🙂

Until then have a wonderful week ahead

And as always

Stay healthy, Stay fashionable 🙂

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

Outfit 1(at the castle)- Jeans: Zara | Top: Esprit | Bomber Jacket: Gift from my mum-in-law| Trainers: Nike

Outfit 2(farmhouse)- sports wear- Hooded jacket: Hollister | Track pants: Adidas | Trainers: Nike

Outfit3 – Jeans: Esprit| T-Shirt: Trespass| Shoes: old| jacket- Zara| Cap:Adidas

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Jyotsna
    July 11, 2016 / 6:23 PM

    Hey Pamela… reading of your trip made me go into my mind’s eye to my days in Stirling, Scotland. Living in the lovely Craigard B&B home on Causewayhead with Liz & Pat Fitzpatrick ? and the beautiful walks through the scenic town, the Castle, William Wallace monument and taking in so much of the beauty around Stirling – Bannockburn to see the monument of Robert Bruce the Brave, beautifully exquisite Glencoe, Callander, Falkirk, Comrie, Pitlochry, Bridge of Allan, The Kelpies, the Isles and the Highlands, beautiful Glasgow and historic Edinburgh
    ….the list is endless !!
    Loved the itinerary, the beautiful cottages, the scenic pictures, the food pics !! n the wonderful write-up Pamela. Keep going…you’re going right, you’re going good ?
    ….onto Part II now 🙂 the beautiful Isle of Skye ?

  2. July 3, 2016 / 3:12 PM

    It sounds and looks like you had a wonderful time!

    We went up to Scotland a few weeks ago, but we went up by train and stayed in Glasgow. We visited Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle (It’s quite a walk from the train station to the top of the hill!).

    • Pamela July 8, 2016 / 7:04 AM

      Hi Nikki! Thank you. Yes indeed! I would rather insist on going on a road trip the next time you plan to visit Scotland. It’s far better than what you get on the guided tours and you have the flexibility to stop and enjoy some view points and trust me they are breath taking!:) Have a lovely day

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