We were so looking forward to a weekend away in our mountainside log cabin in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and flying into Glasgow just increased the excitement. My sister and I were going on holiday to Scotland.
Our First Day on Holiday in Scotland
Our first lovely surprise lay awaiting at Glasgow Airport as we found ourselves upgraded to a lovely looking Audi A3. With a few day trips planned things were looking up! On our way up to our holiday log cabin at Portnellan near Crianlarich we had organised a pony trek close near Drymen on Loch Lomond. A lively but lovely introduction to Scotland though the aching limbs took a while to recover.
Our next surprise awaited us as we arrived at Portnellan Highland Lodges to collect our keys to our traditional 5* Scottish self catering holiday lodge. There was a lovely Scottish welcome from the owners and our home for the next few days was beautiful, warm, stylishly furnished and so comfortable. Feet up, a good film and dinner was the order of the evening.
Pulling back the curtains in the morning was a joy, the views that greeted us in the morning were stunning, it has been dark when we arrived so this was yet another wonderful surprise. A low mist shrouded Glen Dochart a little but all around were snow capped mountains with great views down to the river and loch way below in the valley.
Our day was set fair as we set off follow in the Aston Martin DB5 tracks of James Bond in Skyfall and down the spectacular road through the famous and brooding Glencoe stopping to enjoy the majestic surroundings and eerie silence, do the birds not sing here? This was followed by a quick pit stop at the Clachaig Inn for a mid morning coffee. We had heard so much about the beauty of Scotland but nothing beats seeing it first hand and disappointed we certainly were not!
We drove down past the serene waters of Loch Leven down to Loch Linnhe and our first sighting of the Scottish West Coast and onto towards Port Appin stopping to view the picturesque old ruins of Castle Stalker set on a tiny islet out in the sea. Now that would be a lovely place to stay.
Lunch at the Creagan Inn at Appin overlooking Loch Creran was a delight was followed by a enjoyable wander round the Gateway to the Isles at Oban. Anyone keen on seafood or fresh fish and chips would be in heaven but we could eat no more. Oban is much more bustling than we thought and quite a hive of activity with the large Calmac Ferries coming and going out to visit the delights of the Isle of Mull and beyond – another time perhaps.
A Day Trip to Edinburgh
Our next day took us off to Edinburgh, bags full of shopping planned mixed with a little bit of culture was loose agenda for the day. A trip to Edinburgh Castle was a must and the ritual firing of the cannon at 1.00pm was a bit unexpected as I jumped out of my skin! The calming cream tea at the castle was definitely recommended. Shopping thereafter was fun and it was time to leave when we could carry no more but not before dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. Back home to our holiday lodge much later than planned and very happily tired.
Leaving the following morning and going home was sad but the journey along the shores of Loch Lomond was lovely and after driving through Balloch we ended up at the award winning Oak Tree Inn (Pub/Bar of the Year 2012) in the pretty harbour village of Balmaha. The hearty ploughmans set on black slate followed by a walk down by the harbour and round the beach to the exclusive development of luxury hot tub lodges at Loch Lomond Waterfront was excellent (next time maybe!) and a lovely way to finish off our weekend before we headed back to drop our car off at the airport.
Goodbye Scotland for now but we will definitely be back!
Charlotte & Phoebe Collier – Camberley, Surrey
Footnote: Our holiday was booked at Portnellan Highland Lodges via Waterside Breaks Holiday Lodges & Cottages by Water
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