Another video from our event on Saturday thanks to Scotland Traveloholic Blog 😁
What a great video by Love Exploring Scotland with the highlights from our #ShoreYouCare event 😁
What an amazing view of the Queensferry Crossing from DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Queensferry Crossing
I am so grateful to the general manager, Stuart Douglas for hosting our #ShoreYouCare event at the hotel.
It allowed us to hear about the marine issues from the experts and provided us a base to shelter from the heat after our beach clean. It is amazing when a local business is supportive of environmental issues and the hotel guests will be able to enjoy a stroll along a cleaner beach which now has over 1200 less pieces of rubbish 😁
I must give a special mention to Robert from the events team who was fab and the hotel looked so lovely inside I really need to book a room there and explore the area properly!
Yesterday I organised an event for Scottish content creators keen to look after the beautiful landscape we love to promote. This particular event looked at the issue of marine conservation and we also took part in a beach clean below the iconic Forth bridges.
I'll be telling you lots more about it all next week but in the meantime a huge thanks to all the amazing and talented content creators that gave up their day to find out about the issues and clean up the beach. Also, the event wouldn't have been possible without the amazing support from Marine Conservation Society The Great Nurdle Hunt Fife Coast & Countryside Trust DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Queensferry Crossing & Forth Boat Tours
Scotland is full of amazing beaches like this one on Colonsay and it is important we keep them looking this special for future generations. At first glance this beach looks immaculate but look to the right hand corner and you will see a washed up green net which shows even remote beaches like this don't escape marine pollution.
If you've never done a beach clean before, I hope our #ShoreYouCare event this weekend inspires you to get out there and pick up even a few pieces of coastal litter. I do it quite often on my own and this Saturday will be the first time I've done it in a group so I can't wait to see how much more of an impact that makes.
If we all make small changes we have the potential to make a big impact.
This weekend I am very proud to have organised an event that will bring together 40 amazing Scottish content creators who are passionate about not only promoting but also preserving our stunning and diverse marine environment. We will be doing a beach clean, nurdle hunt and hearing from some top marine environmental experts to find out what issues there are and how we can help to tackle them. I think this quote sums up why we should all make an effort to do our bit, no matter how small. I hope you will follow along and support our campaign on social media to learn more about the problems Scotland is facing and what we can do to make a difference. We will be using the hashtag #ShoreYouCare and doing our little bit to help preserve the Scottish landscape and wildlife that we all love for future generations to enjoy
One of the things I love about being a travel blogger is working with amazing Scottish tourism businesses and destinations to help them promote what they have to offer. It really makes my day knowing that they have found it a positive experience and take the time to provide detailed feedback, like this lovely testimonial I received from my recent campaign with Red Kite Campers
If you're looking for a road-trip with a difference in Scotland, then I can recommend the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail. Cute villages, stunning beaches, plenty of history, one of the most photogenic castles in the country and a chance to visit Scotland's answer to Alcatraz make this a memorable and unique route. Check out my blog post with everything you need to know...
Have you been to the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore? The open air museum is 1 mile long, with over 30 buildings that demonstrate how people lived in the Highlands from the 1700s up to the 1950s.
These photos are from the atmospheric 1700s Township complete with heather thatched turf houses and open peat fires which was also used as a filming location for Outlander.
Everyone is out and about enjoying the sunshine this week but you shouldn't let the rain put you off getting outdoors and exploring the Scottish landscape. Some places like the Falls of Falloch are even more dramatic during a downpour 💦
There has been some stunning sunrises on Bute this week, unfortunately you have to be up at 5am to enjoy them 😂😴
I thought I'd share a few more images of the beautiful bluebells on Inchcailloch, there were so many in the woods and I even spotted them growing out of tree trunks!
I had such a lovely day out at Inchcailloch on Saturday with Love Exploring Scotland who made this little video of the stunning bluebells that carpet the island 😍
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Today I went on a bluebell hunt to Inchcailloch with Love Exploring Scotland. We couldn't have timed our visit better as the island was carpeted in purple and blue as far as the eye could see. It was a very magical experience and I'll be sharing a few more photos tomorrow. Do you have a favourite place in Scotland to spot bluebells?
One of the best things about blogging is that I have connected with so many lovely fellow bloggers that share the same passion for exploring Scotland and going on adventures as I do. Yesterday it was so nice to catch up with the lovely Kathi from Watch Me See who was over visiting the Isle of Bute for a couple of days. We spent a balmy evening sitting on the rocks at Scalpsie Bay, chatting and watching the antics of the local seals.
Sometimes I feel that the internet has made us more disconnected from making real human contact and other times I appreciate all the new people it has brought in to my life that I would never have gotten to know otherwise.
Read why I think Edinburgh is a great place for solo travellers and get some more ideas for solo travel in Europe in this article from Coddiwomp Travel Blog & Community
If you visit the Isle of Skye, be sure to visit Elgol for some spectacular scenery
Any recommendations for a microadventure in Aberdeen?
Another walk to add to my list 🚶♀️
My recent adventure with Red Kite Campers reinforced my love of exploring Scotland by campervan - with dramatic scenery, unique boat journeys, historic sites and stunning sunsets - I loved every minute.
If you're inspired to take off on your own campervan road-trip my 4 day route taking in some of the best west coast Scottish scenery and across to the Isle of Skye is just what you need 🚐👇
One of the highlights from my road-trip with Red Kite Campers was a boat trip to Loch na Cuilce on the Isle of Skye. The surrounding jagged gloomy peaks were so atmospheric and the water was an eerie green. I scrambled up some rocks to this dramatic spot where I sat and enjoyed my packed lunch with an amazing view.
Watch out for my blog post all about my campervan adventure coming later this week 👍
The stunning interior of the Italian Chapel on Orkney, built by Italian prisoners of war during WW2
Currently on Orkney but before getting the ferry today I managed to finally visit Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on the Scottish mainland 😎
Last week I was delighted to join David from Portree Walking Tours on one of his new tours around this iconic town on the Isle of Skye. If you are visiting the island and want to learn more about the geology and local history from Vikings to Clans and Clearances (and much more) then this is a great tour to join, even better value if you use my code ADV1 for a 25% discount off the tour price!
When the sun shines in Scotland, you'll usually find me at one of the many stunning and deserted beaches around the country. On Saturday we headed along the 'Road to the Isles' and decided to go for a walk at Morar's famous silver sands which looked totally tropical 😎
Last week I finally travelled on the Glenelg ferry to the Isle of Skye which has been on my Scottish bucket-list for a while now. The Kyle Rhea strait is the narrowest point between the mainland and Skye and was previously used as the main crossing point to and from the island. A regular ferry service was already established by 1773 and a car ferry service has been making the crossing since 1934. From Easter to October you can still make the short journey with your vehicle on the last manually operated turntable ferry in the world.
It is an experience to remember and I would recommend it as the most fun and scenic way to travel from the mainland to Skye 😁
Red Kite Campers
On day 1 of our campervan road-trip we travelled from Loch Lomond to Loch Shiel. Every time we stepped outside the van, the heavens opened and the rain poured down but we didn't care as the scenery was as stunning as always and the waterfalls were even more dramatic 😁
I've just returned from a 4 day campervan road-trip along the west coast and over to the Isle of Skye in search of some epic Scottish scenery. I would say it was a successful mission which means I have LOTS of fab photos to share with you.
Our cute campervan from Red Kite Campers was a very comfortable and funky home from home. It also meant we could park up in locations like this and we chose to spend night 1 at this very spot. Waking up to these views of Glen Shiel was pretty memorable.
I'll be sharing more of my adventures throughout the week 😁
If you're looking for ideas for a Scottish Highland road-trip route, stay tuned from this Thursday as thanks to Red Kite Campers I'll be taking this rather bonnie campervan on a trip along the stunning west coast.
I'll be visiting some popular scenic spots and as always I'll be searching out some hidden gems along the way too.
Expect lots of photos, a future blog post and you can also follow along live on my Instagram Stories if you want to find out what I get up to each day.
I'm sure it's no coincidence that Torrylinn Cairn on the Isle of Arran points towards Ailsa Craig.
The bones from 6 adults, a child and a baby were found in this burial cairn which dates back over 5000 years, although it is thought the burials took place over a long period of time.
There are lots of these burial cairns around Scotland and they give an interesting insight into the beliefs of our ancestors and the way they dealt with death.
Unfortunately there Orcas were too far along the Clyde for me to spot but what a treat for these ferry passengers
If you visit the pretty village of Tarbert in Argyll, be sure to take the short walk up the hill towards the castle for the best views of this pretty fishing port which is also the gateway to the Kintyre Peninsula.
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It's Friyay! 🤩 What are your plans for the weekend? If you're looking for some ideas for things to do in Scotland 🏴, check out my travel blog for some inspiration 👇https://www.adventuresaroundscotland.com/
Today I'm excitedly planning for next week's campervan road-trip with Red Kite Campers. I'll be on a mission to visit some of the most epic scenery on Scotland's west coast.
What places get your vote for the most dramatic landscapes on the west coast of Scotland?
I thought I'd share a little video of another natural hidden gem I discovered on Thursday. Crichope Linn is an under the radar walk in Dumfries & Galloway which was once popular in the 18th & 19th century, attracting visitors like Sir Walter Scott and Rabbie Burns. It's not hard to understand why they were drawn here.
Also please excuse the quality of the video, I'm having technical issues with the App I've been using but hopefully you get the idea of how cool this place is 🙂
Did you know the world's oldest continuous working post office is in Scotland? It's located in Sanquhar in Dumfries & Galloway and began as a staging post for mail carriages in 1712.
It's 8 years older than its nearest rival in Stockholm, Sweden and is officially recognised by both the Universal Postal Union and Guinness World Records.
Pretty amazing to think about what mail has passed through here over the last 300+ years 😮
I love all the colour and chaos you find around fishing harbours. These photos are from my recent visit to Tarbert but I've taken similar ones all over Scotland 🚤⛴️⚓
Action shot!🚶♀️ Exploring Burn O'Vat last week was a great wee adventure. I love finding places like this around Scotland - what other hidden gems do you recommend for me?
Last week I was invited along to review the Mill of Dess Lodge in Royal Deeside. I can confirm it was as fabulous as it looks and you can read all about my stay, along with some recommended things to do in the area, here 👇https://www.adventuresaroundscotland.com/scotland-travel-blog/mill-of-dess-lodge-review
I don't normally post about places to eat on my social media but when they are as good as the The Boat Inn, Aboyne I have to make an exception. It was so good we ate there two nights in a row during our recent stay in Royal Deeside and it was really great value for the standard of food. It also has a cool little train that goes around a track in the restaurant which kept me amused - I'm easily entertained! 🚂🚂🚂
On my last post I shared a photo of a little gap in the rocks which leads to a natural gem in Royal Deeside called Burn O'Vat. Until you step through the gap you have no idea of the pretty scene that lies within.
Dating back approximately13,500 years it was sculpted by meltwater from a retreating ice sheet. The glacial pothole is thought to have formed when a rock became lodged in the river bed causing a torrent of water to spiral around.
It has been used as a former hideout for local fugitives and even visited by Queen Victoria. If you fancy living out an Indiana Jones moment, crossing the boulders and stepping stones through the space in the rock to reach this hidden treasure is an excellent mini Scottish adventure!
Burn O'Vat is an amazing natural gem in Deeside. Although it has been a popular attraction since Victorian times, it was once a hideout for local fugitives which isn't surprising as it would be pretty hard to find without the current signposts.
Once you negotiate the rocks and stepping stones through the small gap you enter a large water-carved bowl complete with a hidden waterfall. It's a pretty special place and I'll share a little video later to let you see what lies on the other side of the entrance 😉
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