Blogs from The Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe - page 4


Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Ardnamurchan October 30th 2016

We set off on Friday morning firstly dropping off our ferrets for their week away and headed up to Manchester to spend a night with my mother-in-law, her dog & 4 cats. Saturday morning we set off following signs to The North! After around 7 hours on the road (including a short stint on the water whilst on the Corran Ferry) we arrived at the beautiful cottage shortly after our friends after which there were hellos, tea & cake. After setting up some longworth traps (live traps for studying small mammals) & a camera trap baited with peanut butter we settled in for an evening of catching up.... read more
The cottage

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands October 8th 2016

My last few days in Scotland were just as amazing as the first few. Sadly, my aunt and I had to eventually leave the Highlands and return to Edinburgh. As excited as I was to be back in the big city, I was really going to miss the enchanting, captivating place that was the Highlands. The rural countryside had stolen my heart in a matter of days, and I was really going to miss it.Edinburgh was just as beautiful as we'd left it though. I definitely love the Scottish countryside more, but I must say that the city is incredible. It is so full of history. Anyway back to what I was saying. We had intended to spend that night just relaxing and watching movies. We got takeout and watched Sunshine On Leith, a Scottish musical ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands August 17th 2016

Ortsnamen, die uns erheitern: Earlish and Breakish. Wir sind heute nämlich ziemlich breakish, weil earlish, weil wir einige Meter machen müssen, 180km um genau zu sein, was bei Single Track Roads ziemlich viel ist, wir sitzen also - mit Pausen - von 10.00-20.00 im Auto. Unser erstes Ziel ist der nördlichste Ort in Portnalong, danach überqueren wir die Skye Bridge, sehen Castle Moile, Castle Ailean (wow!!!), jausnen am Loch Carron Aussichtspunkt und weiter geht's durch die Gegend um Achnasheen, die uns viel zu verlassen vorkommt für die Vielfältigkeit, die sie bietet. Wälder, steppenartige Abschnitte, Lochs... aber auf 18 Meilen nur ca. 12 Häuser. Wir sitzen in Ullapool am Steinstrand und quatschen mit einem Schotten aus Aberdeen, dessen Hund vor uns seelenruhig auf den Kiesel kackt, bis die rasch steigende Flut unsere trocknenden Füße wieder nasszumachen droht ... read more
aren't we all alltogether happier ghosts?

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands August 15th 2016

Our Tuesday started off the same way everyone's does; driving to the Highlands with The Proclaimers blaring from the speakers, and dreams of rolling green hills and sheep filling our heads. Okay so maybe not everyone's Tuesday goes like that, but that day, ours did. We woke up bright and early, and after dropping my cousins off at school, set out on our grand adventure. Sadly the first portion of our drive was spent on the freeway, with views of cement roads and hundreds of cars instead of all the sheep and Heilan Cou's (Highland Cows) that I was itching to see. Despite the busy roads, it was a fantastic start to our grand adventure. I mean, there really is nothing like a road trip, especially one throughout one of the most beautiful countries in the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands August 12th 2016

The day looks like it is going to be dry but it looks to be windy away from the where the chalet is located. We had a lie in this morning and won’t be in too much of a hurry to get out and about as nothing in the Highlands seems to have any urgency about it so we shall simply join the flow. The sun keeps appearing from time to time and the purple heather on the hills further up the valley show up more vividly than when the light on the hills is dull when the clouds roll over. We are going to take on the easier trail this morning just up the road past the whiskey distillery and then we will see how we feel after lunch as to whether we take on ... read more
Another view of the Seminary
Outer buildings
Local sheep

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands August 11th 2016

Yesterday as we had been driving up towards Munlochy we passed at least half a dozen fixed road signs warning that heavy rain was due in the Inverness area on Thursday (today). Opening the curtains this morning the light rain that was falling last night seemed to have all but stopped and away to the west the sky looked lighter and we had hopes of a reasonable day to do some ancestry searching of the Finlaysons,Gretchen’s forebears from the Ross and Cromarty area. Audrey, our host, had a breakfast ready for us downstairs and we spent another hour or so chatting to her and husband David about Gretchen’s connection to the area. David gave us some information on where the locations were that we were looking for to help us on our way. Our final destination ... read more
Farmland of Knockbain where the Finlayson's lived
An old cottage in Knockbain
The church at Contin

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands August 6th 2016

There are no words that can properly summarize my time in Scotland; no words that can even come close to explaining to you all what an amazing and magical place it is. But for you guys, I will do my best to give you an idea of what it's like. My trip to Scotland took place on the 19th of June, and it could not have been better timing. I was at in a place in my life where I really desperately needed a vacation; I needed to be transported (literally) to a place far away from all my problems and worries. So when my aunt said I could come stay with her in Scotland for a week, I jumped at the opportunity. Sunday the 19th my parents dropped me at the airport at 7 am ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Rannoch Moor February 24th 2016

You can't beat winter in Scotland on a rare but amazing sunny day... Just thought i'd upload some photos of a recent trip to Glencoe ski resort. Great fresh powder down to the base and a lovely drive to and from Edinburgh. For anyone visiting Scotland I can recommend the drive past Rannoch Moor up to Glencoe, and then if you've time (and you should if you're on holiday) keep on going North as far as you can! For those skiing or snowboarding in Scotland, Glencoe is one of the best places. When conditions are good you can get close to 2500ft of vertical (800m) skiable in one long run. The resort used to be more for intermediate and advanced, having excellent steep terrain especially on the East flank of the mountain (Flypaper, East Ridge, Spring ... read more
Close up mountain with snow line at 500m
View from the Access chairlift, fresh tracks
View down to carpark from Creag Dubh (black route)

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands » Kenmore January 17th 2016

- Dublin 12th - 13th December 2015 My first trip across to Europe was just a wee flight to Ireland to explore the city of Dublin. We arrived in the pouring rain, and it didn’t stop the whole time we were there – a very realistic representation of Ireland apparently. Dublin is a cute, quaint city on the East coast with a river running down the centre dividing the city. The architecture around the city is very Georgian, and particular landmarks stand out from the rest such as the Dublin castle, Parliament and St Patricks Cathedral, all quite significant to the city. Inside St Patricks Cathedral is truly remarkable, the stained glass and the history of the building is so intriguing. The bridges crossing the river are quite picturesque too and add to the character of ... read more
Kilmainham Gaol
Vintage polaroid and Christmas snaps

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands September 1st 2015

Scotland in three words: castles, nature, rain. I think I spent the month in my raincoat! Rain, rain, rain. What would gorgeous nature be without rain. By the way, the flag automatically pictured with this post is NOT the Scottish flag. Humph. Should be blue background with a white X. My trip began with 4 days in a rental car to Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, and other points in southern Scotland like Wigtown. Adventures included: -Castles: In Castle Douglas I stayed at a quaint B&B and explored the Douglas castle, called Threave Castle. When you get to Threave grounds, you need to ring a bell and a boatman comes and gets you and rows you across a moat to the island where the castle is. I also went to Culzean castle and then Caerlaverock castle ... read more
Quaich = Scotch drinking vessel. Engraved in a celtic font: Douglas. Background is the Douglas tartan plaid.
Threave Castle in the town of Castle Douglas
Loch Ness!

Tot: 2.453s; Tpl: 0.059s; cc: 12; qc: 86; dbt: 0.0521s; 1; m:saturn w:www (; sld: 1; ; mem: 1.5mb