Recently, my housemates and I packed up our rucksacks and hopped on a train up north. We’d all finally wrapped things up academically for the semester and Sarah is even graduating this summer so a trip to the highlands seemed the perfect escape. We chose Inverness as our base since our housemate Kas lives there and knows the area really well. With a mix of touristy goodness and just switching off and enjoying somewhere new, it was brilliantly relaxing and refreshing. I’d never been to the Highlands before but now I 110% get the appeal.
I would love to go see some more soon but for now I’m just going to keep drooling over my photos.
On the first day, we headed to Culloden Battlefield. Swept up in the history of it all, we took our time at the exhibition and walking through the field. As history and Outlander fanatics , we knew a little bit about it but I was still enthralled by the museum and horrified by the story it told.
We started the next day with a trip to Urquhart Castle, which we had been promised had incredible views of Loch Ness. Kas wasn’t wrong – the scenery was incredible! I actually took a gazillion photos here but, in true Scottish style, it absolutely poured it down so very few were salvageable. It’s a bit of a shame but when I see them, I remember us laughing at just how soaked we had gotten before we eventually gave up and headed inside in search of hot drinks. We got hot chocolates, and mine had insane amounts of whipped cream on it. Rain spotted photos are worth it for memories like that.
We also made time for a distillery tour, calling in to Glen Ord. I don’t mind whiskey but its Sam and Sarah who are the hard core fans. Still it was interesting to find out a little more about the process and I found one that I really liked, though of course I forgot to pay any attention to what it was called. Just don’t ask me to try a peaty one and my disgusted face will stay tucked away. A full tour and a tasting of three whiskeys was only £12 so it was a really reasonable way to be introduced to the science behind the bar.
Most of all though, I just really enjoyed exploring somewhere new with my friends and switching off for a little while. It is certainly something I am starting to appreciate more and am trying to make an effort with. Who knows where we will end up next!
Pssst! You over there! Yes you! While we were there, I also tried my hand at some vlogging. If you want to see it, it’s here.