Scotland – In A Nutshell
Scotland is a beautiful country, its cities spread far apart and in between a continuous landscape of mountains and lochs. I’d like to say it probably rains as much in Scotland as it does in Wales but I dont think that’s possible.
We spent a week near the town of Callendar, it’s sat more or less on the border of the lowlands and the highlands. Our cabin was on the banks of Loch Lubnaig.
In order to get out and about you need your own transport in this part of the world, buses are few and far between and much of the railway is disused. So that’s what we did, 6 adults, 3 dogs, the wellington boots and off we went exploring.
A short walk up the dust path and we were at the loch beach. It turns out loch lubnaig is shelved, it was hilarious when an unassuming greyhound casually strolled out into water lost his footing thus getting rather wet and a bit grumpy. A warm up in the cabin then Rafe and I headed into Glasgow to meet friends. We went to Glasgow West End for a bar crawl and reminisce.
After sleeping off the Alcohol we decided on a trip to Stirling. First stop, food. We found a Sainsburys in town, we were mesmerised by haggis pizza, haggis in batter and square sausage. Although I did find a giant tunnocks caramel wafter. WIN! Then up to the castle for some lovely views. On the way back we stopped at Doune Castle (where they filmed monty python) and went blackberry picking. The last stop was Bracklin falls in Callendar, a forestry site with waterfalls running through.
Day 3, Lochearnhead. Mixed emotions of fear and excitement. After two attempts I had my wetsuit on (not a good look) and we were on the boat ready to attempt water skiing. I was a complete beginner and completely useless. I managed to stand however spent more time face down in the water doing the splits. Better luck next time eh? We finished the day with pizza and Trivial Pursuit.
The following day we headed to Ben Lawers to a little place we call ‘Heaven’. Its a river and falls with pools of water. The boys swam in the chilly waters whilst I paddled. Then we went back to the cabin before going to The Lade Inn for supper, fresh locally sourced produce served with local brewed ale and raspberry cider. We also stayed the watch the folk music session.
Last day in Scotland and last chance to swim in the loch. The water was beyond cold but after 10 minutes of paddling I finally immersed myself and swam. Definitely a must do (if there’s a hot tub in the cabin to warm up in after) when in Scotland.