I know, I know, 4 seems such a paltry amount of places seeing as Scotland has so much to offer. But truth be told, we were only there for a couple of days and I was really shockingly poor at taking photos. I think I had subconsciously given myself a mental break, so we have to make do with what we got ya know.
Loch Lomond, the less famous of the lochs (think Ness) and no monsters as far as I could tell. Although I am CONVINCED I found a crab under one of those rocks, but bed-partner did not believe me. Whatever. You don’t need me to tell you how beautiful it is, but seriously even if you’re not much of a nature gal (there’s a reason I left our trip up Arthur’s Seat out of the list – SO MUCH HILL) this is a dream destination. Plus it didn’t rain and in Scotland that’s really one to write home about.
You can get the train from Glasgow to Balloch Central (the nearest station) for three pounds RETURN, I know what?!! We get so royally screwed in London it’s a joke. Scotland well done for a nice big lake and even better affordable rail connections.
Peter’s Yard,27 Simpson Loan, Stockbridge
Stockbridge is one of my favourite parts of Edinburgh – I’ve written before about Maxi’s breakfast – and the Swedish Buns at Peter’s Yard are even better. I went for Raspberry (obvs because I care about nutritional balance…) and it did not disappoint.
Washed down with a big old pot of Moroccan mint tea. I am convinced if I see the word Moroccan on a menu the tea automatically tastes 100 times better even though it could have been grown in Aberdeen for all I know.
The only thing that does annoy me about Peter’s Yard, and almost every other place, is that their substitute for cow’s milk is always soy. GUYS someone get me almond, or oat, or anything else just no damn SOY. Hells bells, can’t a girl get a coffee anywhere?
Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, Arboretum Place, EH3 5NZ
My wax jacket did not leave my back for the duration of our stay in Scotland, even though it only rained once it’s good to feel prepared, no? The botanical gardens are free and full of amazing Victorian style greenhouses. It felt a lot like Kew Gardens in that respect.
If I had been more prepared I could have easily taken a lot of blog photos here, but alas as I said my brain was on meltdown. FYI for anyone else who has a peacock-phobe for a partner (I’m being deadly sincere) there are no peacocks in this garden.
The Grassmarket, Edinburgh
I’m not sure if it is just my screen but does anyone else have some horrible distortion on that first picture? The shape of the buildings seem to play a mad trick on my eyes…bizarre. Anyway, the Grassmarket is such a nice area of Edinburgh. I’m always told it’s so studenty but it doesn’t feel it to me. Lots of nice places to eat (Toro Loco Burritos being one of them) it’s one of the nicest places in the city to spend an evening. I thoroughly recommend. Plus it’s not as far from the touristy areas as Stockbridge, so if you feel like staying closer to home, that’s your answer.