Happiness in October comes in the form of reliving adventures that took place in August, with lots of castles, lochs, one of them with a sneaky monster, islands with white sandy beaches, rain storms with rainbows, picturesque villages loaded with history, a bet that had to be carried out and dinky hotel rooms. This year our annual holiday took us on a 19 day tour of the Scottish Highlands with Shetlands and Orkney thrown in for good measure.
Our annual holiday is planned months in advance. We sit down together as a family and research what corner we want to visit. I had the Shetland Islands as a must because of a childhood story that sticks out in my mind, Sweet Baby Love included swimming in the Fairy Pools in the Isle of Skye and Sweet Papa Love wanted to go to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Planning started in January and as we planned our route we decided that it was going to be a true adventure holiday and what better way to get your adventure on than with the adventure vehicle of hard core adventurers – a Land Rover Discovery that Scotland Overland rents fully equipped, properly properly fully equipped. This is more or less the route we covered.
The first thing we had to learn was to set up this baby. It was pretty easy after the first time and by the second day we had everything up in less than 5 minutes. Those ducks partied all night long, with their friends the sheep. It must have been one hell of a celebration because they quacked and baaahed all night. I never realised how noisy being out in nature at night could be.
The Shetlands – beautiful place on earth. We spent 5 wet and windy days here and covered practically every corner. We did get a few moments of sunshine between rain clouds but not very many. By day 3 we made it to a hotel to dry off and have a nice hot shower. When you get to Lerwick you come into a beautiful harbour and by the third day that zebra hotel boat thing sort of grows on you.
I had big plans of getting David looking fine and Scottish but after the first day of wearing his kilt the novelty wore off and he refused to wear it again. And we realised that in the Shetlands being dressed as a Viking would have been more appropriate.
This is the album cover, my new fave of Sweet Baby Love.
Then we made it to Orkney. I wish we had more days to spend here because I really loved the flatness after all the ups and downs of Shetland but we had a ferry to catch.
Back to the mainland we drove through some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. Scotland really is a beautiful place on earth.
Castles, castles and more castles… some more charming than others.
Though the above Eileen Donan is one of the most popular, our fave was Urquhart Castle and the views over Loch Ness.
Below: Talisker Bay. Just go for the sunset…. and the Whiskey.
And as for quaint little fishing villages, Portree is as picturesque as they come. The little yellow restaurant next to the pink house served a fantastic lobster, just so you know 🙂
And though most of the shots are super sunny, the rain clouds were never far away. And where it rained on us the most is where we had the best times of all.
I dare you to jump into freezing water, early in the morning. After a little hike up to the Fairy Pools, Sweet Baby Love carried out his dare. This was one of the best days ever. To see his satisfaction after jumping in was priceless. Once wasn’t enough and he had to jump in a few more times for good measure. Then the sky clouded over and it rained a little bit more.
Now while putting together the album I would do it all over again. We need to go back to Edinburgh to take it all in in more detail because a day and a half isn’t enough. That will be a blog post in itself.
This post is part of a happiness blog circle. Please join me in following the circle all the way round for a nice dose of happiness starting in the UK with Louise from Louise Freeland Photography.