I love a bank holiday weekend at the best of times, but couple a bank holiday weekend with a chance to escape the DIY cliché is even better! In this case we were off to Scotland, despite living in England I had only ever visited once, to the West coast, so I was so excited to be able to explore a new area of this diverse country.
We couldn’t decide if we wanted a city break, or a peaceful country retreat so we decided to do both! Here’s what we got up to…
Our trip started at London City Airport, we decided to fly rather than catch the train as it enabled us to get there quicker and we had some Avios points to use up so it was a win-win!
We were staying in a beautiful old Scottish manor house come hunting lodge and we stayed in a comfortable cabin which was separate to the hotel.
The following day we had planned to spend the day at Scone Palace, one of the most important stately homes and crowing place of many Scottish Kings including the iconic Macbeth!
Afterwards, we drove to a town called Pitlochry, a quaint town in the heart of Scotland, bustling with lots of shops, cafes and restaurants. From there we visited a electric dam (which sounds odd but was actually really interesting..!) then carried on to the Queens View, a stunning view point previously enjoyed by Queen Victoria.
After went back to our hotel where we had an AMAZING 6 course meal booked at our hotel, no pictures sadly – but it was truly delicious!
The following day we ventured onto Dunkeld for a walk, a pretty village out in the countryside.
We then went onto an antiques centre just outside Fife where we were meeting friends for lunch. Before heading onto Edinburgh for our final leg of the trip.
Once we’d checked into our hotel our first task was climbing Arthur’s Seat, it seriously is quite a climb so I really recommend comfortable walking/shoes and trainers and extra layers! It was very windy when we reached the top but the views over the city where absolutely breath-taking.
Our final day was very full on, our flight back was in the evening and we just had a few hours to take in the whole city. We started off the day in a cafe for a full Scottish Breakfast, basically a grease-filled plate of goodness including Scottish pudding and potato scones. We then went to Edinburgh Castle, it was a beautiful day and the views were fantastic. It was expensive to get in, however well worth it as you get to see a lot (including the Crown Jewels).
We then wandered down the Royal Mile popping into many shops along the way.
We then made our way over to see the statue of Greyfriar’s Bobby, who legend has spent 14 years guarding the grave of its owner until he died himself.
We spent the afternoon, wandering round the city and soaking up the wonderful atmosphere before our flight home. We had less than 24 hours in this vibrant city which absolutely wasn’t enough, but it left me with a fantastic taster of what this city has to offer and I can’t wait to return.