There we are again, back from our "Scotland in a Motorhome Holiday" after four weeks, 4,000 pictures and 2,500 miles on the Scottish roads. It's hard to get back to normal life after all the peaceful relaxed days we've spent all over Scotland but I'll try to give you a wee impression of our trip below.
Our trip started on Friday the 18th from Hull from where we drove directly to Dumfries. Here we visited Wigtown, Scotland's national book town. From there we travelled the entire west coast of Scotland, from Stranraer in the south-west to Durness in the far north, and we have visited many islands as well: Arran, Mull, Skye, Harris, Lewis, Berneray, North Uist, South Uist, Benbecula and we have visited the Isle of Handa, a nature reserve in the far north-west, where we've spotted Puffins, Red Grouse as well as Arctic and Great Skua's and admired the cliffs.
Sunset seen from Arisaig
The weather has been amazing. We had sunny and sometimes warm weather in the first three weeks with a genuine heat-wave in the second week, which was around the start of the Islay Festival. We have stayed four days in Arisaig near Morar and camped a few metres from the beach, it was paradise with amazing sunsets! We also had glorious weather on the Outer Hebrides and the sunny days and blue skies lasted until we had reached Durness which was the most northerly point of our trip. From there we travelled under cloudy skies and a few sunny spells south to Moray, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Fife and ended up in North Berwick on our last evening. Most impressive on this side of Scotland were the Glenlivet Estate, Craigievar Castle, Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle, St. Andrews and the lovely fishing villages of Crail and Pittenweem in Fife. Continue reading....
Some of the highlights in the west were impressive castles such as Culzean Castle in Ayrshire, Torosay and Duart Castle on Mull. Then there were the stunning beaches near Arisaig and Morar and on other places on the west coast which were much appreciated by Annika. Most impressive of all was the stunning landscape all over the north west of Scotland, there was something beautiful around every corner. And then there were the Outer Hebrides, breathtaking scenery all over, from the tip of South Uist to the North of Lewis, with the beaches and sea of Harris providing the most beautiful views of Scotland I've seen so far.
Red Grouse on Handa Island
The Clifs at Durness in the far north
When I listed all the islands above you must have missed the Isle of Islay and so did we. Our plans were to travel through Scotland in three weeks and stay on Islay in the last week but after three weeks we had only managed to travel to Durness in the far north. Due to the very warm weather in the first weeks we took things very easy, it was holiday after all, so we ended up having not enough time to visit Islay. Fortunately we have already booked two weeks on Islay in October!
So now it's back to normality, back to work and back to Islay Blogging so watch this space for updates in the next few days.