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Inchcolm

Mentioned by Shakespeare in Macbeth:

“That now Sweno, the Norwayes King,Craves composition:Nor would we deigne him buriall of his men,Till he disbursed, at Saint Colmes ynch,Ten thousand Dollars, to our generall use”

the island lies just off the coast of Fife. It is a popular tourist destination  with its Augustine Abbey (dating back to as far as 9th century), the military building remains and offers fantastic views of Edinburgh.

The cruise to the island itself is also full of attractions, as you can admire the Forth bridges, and wildlife (puffins, shags, gulls, porpoises and seals).

It was on my bucket list for a long time because I am a Historic Scotland member and would like to visit as many sites as I could. But my dream was also to see the puffins and seals. And so we did along with 46 members of Gentle Jaunts group.

The island is also inhabited by lots and lots of seagulls and because it was their nesting season, they were getting quite anxious and we experienced a couple of Hitchcock moments. It was still fun!

My Edinburgh

Very early morning on a Saturday… The thing I was dreaming about was staying in bed and yet I decided, joined with two recently met photo hobbyists, to take a walk through Edinburgh almost empty streets.

It is not the real Edinburgh, as you should smell the afterparty and see the rubbish that is left, or the seagulls ripping apart bags of waste… Or homeless people sleeping in cemeteries or at the doorstep of St. Giles cathedral.

But it is the place I came to love, that I keep discovering each and every time I wander around.

Camping in Lake District – day 1

Last weekend camping in Lake District…

Nights were freezing, days were much warmer… though I bet on much warmer weather than in Scotland. Well, I guess not this time…

But as far as walking, views and thrills alike are concerned – great area.

Day 1 we walked up Cat Bells – a hill that is lower than most but still a good challenge and offering wonderful views over Derwent Water.

Then just a couple of random places to fill the day – Bowder Stone, Lodore Falls, Brassenthwaite.

Altogether I gather we walked around 10 miles. And the sunset over Derwent Water was just a cherry on top. And then another cold night in the tent.

Weekend in the Isle of Arran

Arran has been on my to do list for a while and finally an opportunity presented itself to visit this beautiful little island when my walking group organised a weekend trip. We stayed in Brodick, where the ferry lands, and also the biggest town/village.

Needless to say, despite being so little, the island offers a lot. Geology, history, walks, landscapes, views…

4 days spent there were not enough and I would definitely want to come back to discover more.

Walks done:

Day 1: Glenashdale falls from Whiting Bay, Eas Mor waterfall near Kildonan, walk around Brodick, all walks – around 8 miles.

Day 2: Lochranza to Laggan, then back over the hills – 10 miles.

Day 3: Brodick – Fairy Glen – Glen Cloy (6 miles)

Day 4: King’s Caves (3 miles), Machrie Farm (3 miles), Brodick country park (ca. 2 miles).

Came home knackered, went to work to rest 🙂

Cademuir Hill in the Scottish Borders

Yesterday, despite not too good weather forecast and a bit of fear I decided to join one of the friendly groups on a walk near Peebles in the Scottish Borders. I am, after all, quite heavy, and this was to be 8 miles on a hill (not the highest in Scotland, but still). Luckily, the pace was slow enough for me and the weather turned out to be magnificent. So magnificent that we could see a full rainbow and there was also double rainbow after a short rainy spell.

8 miles was quite challenging at the beginning but definitely worth it. The views… Scottish Borders are just magnificent. And the Tweed valley in particular. We walked past Neidpath Castle whose setting is just stunning.

One of the best walks so far.

Highlands road trip

My best friend visited me for a couple of days and I took her up north to Fort William and Oban. Great road trip showcasing some of the most beautiful scenery of Scotland including Macbeth, Trainspotting, Harry Potter and other filming locations. The weather was typically Scottish but it cleared towards the end of the day allowing for a short walk in Oban with the best fish and chips ever for our tea.

St. Mary’s Loch in the Scottish Borders

I got inspired by beautiful photos of a like-minded photographer that showcased the trees and mystical atmosphere of this loch and decided to explore it. Initially I wanted to walk around it as apparently there is a circular path, but I couldn’t find it (I did later on). Not too sure how long this whole adventure would take, we just walked about 4 miles on part of the Southern Upland Way admiring the loch, enjoying peace (hardly anybody there) and the hills of the Scottish Borders.