This article was originally published (in print) in the March 2018 edition of Emersons Green Voice and sister publications.
If, like me, you work full time then your annual leave is incredibly precious. You want to see new sights and experience new activities, but work just keeps getting in the way.
This doesn’t always have to be the case.
Right here in the UK, we have some incredible places to see and things to do. If you fancy a hike out in the countryside, some tea and cake in a stately home or even a road trip around Scotland, it’s all possible without jetlag rearing its ugly head.
If you’ve not yet discovered the beauties of Scotland, you can expect to find emerald hills, sapphire blue water, trendy cities and never ending landscapes. We visited a couple of years ago, but due to work obligations, we only had 5 days to explore and see as much of Scotland as we could, including Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, Glenfinnan, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye.
Our road trip began in trendy Edinburgh, which involved a visit to Edinburgh Castle, eating haggis in one of the local restaurants and admiring the skyline from the top of Holyrood Park. Here’s a quick fact we learned during our stay that you might enjoy: the Scottish Crown Jewels were lost in the castle for over 100 years after being locked away in a chest and forgotten about. Thankfully, Sir Walter Scott and a group of men set out to recover the jewels in 1818.
Driving west from Edinburgh, we travelled to Loch Lomond in the Trossachs National Park, which is a definite must see, especially as Scotland is so renowned for its expansive lakes. At Loch Lomond, there’s a path to take you around the outskirts of the lake, or you can choose to see it from inside a canoe or kayak for about £12 (like we did!)
Up next on our itinerary was Glenfinnan, which doesn’t seem to appear on many traveller’s wishlists when visiting Scotland. For any Harry Potter fans out there though, you should definitely visit! The viaduct in Glenfinnan was a filming location for the second movie. Today, you’ll spot the Jacobite Steam Train chug past a couple of times per day (better known as the Hogwarts Express!)
Our final full day in Scotland (and one of my favourite days) was investigating what the Isle of Skye has to offer. What I learned during that day was that Portree is a great pitstop for various restaurants, bars and shops, while the northernmost tip of the island is where you’ll discover countless waterfalls, incredible ocean views and ancient castle ruins.
Although I know there is so much more to see in Scotland (my travel wishlist definitely grew whilst we were there), the fact that it is such a close proximity to us means we can all head there time and time again. All that’s standing in the way is an hour’s flight (or to make a road trip out of it) and a quick request to our Managers for more time off for travelling.
Care to join me?
If you’re after more inspiration for your Scotland road trip, check out this itinerary!
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