How lucky are we to have access to an extraordinary library of photos through the internet that can inspire a holiday! All I knew yesterday was that I’d decided upon Scotland for a road trip later this year, a country that I know very, very little about. My experience of Scotland? Well, I flew up to Edinburgh for the day with my brother when I was about 19 (we had free tickets with our dad working for British Airways). My other visit was in May 2018 when I was travelling all over northern England and I ‘popped’ into Gretna Green (as you do!) for about 45 minutes. Anyway, 2019 is the year to really explore Scotland!
A Google search for ‘stunning Scotland’ reveals pages of gorgeous photos creating a dilemma about where to stay. Scotland has a remarkable 790 islands, most of which are grouped together into Orkney, Shetland, Outer Hebrides and Inner Hebrides. But even within the mainland, there are the spectacular highlands and gorgeous lochs (i.e. lakes) of which the most infamous is probably Loch Ness with its elusive monster! However, I’ve decided that I’m going to spend two nights on the banks of Loch Lomond which is just north of Glasgow and I’ve found the perfect hotel.
I saw this photo online and quickly jumped onto the website of Lodge on Loch Lomond to check out its availability. It has beautiful suites, most of which have views of the loch and, situated on the western bank, it should mean for some gorgeous sunrise photos at around 4.30am in June without even having to change out of my pjs!
So, with the hotel booked, I can now plan my few days either side. All I know is that ‘absolute musts’ include John O’Groats, the Isle of Mull and having a go at playing the bagpipes at the Piping Centre in Glasgow! My DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Scotland came today and the national tourist board Visit Scotland has downloadable brochures that I’m going to check out this weekend. With a busy few months ahead with my job and a significant career milestone to hopefully achieve with a lot of work, this holiday is my much needed carrot!
Have you been to Scotland? Where would you suggest I visit? I’d love to hear!