Vegan on the Road: Tips & Tricks to prevent hanger.

Vegan on the Road: Tips & Tricks to prevent hanger.

Depending on location, finding vegan grub along the road can be somewhat challenging. Petrol stations are not exactly renowned for their great variety of tofu hot dogs and avocado sandwiches.

Here are my two cents on how to avoid hanger whilst on a road trip.

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Skye ⇒ Glenfinnan ⇒ Glencoe ⇒ Aberdeen.


When we woke up on Friday the weather was gloomy. I would almost say FINALLY, because the show we had witnessed the days prior just did not feel like the ~authentic~ Scotland – plus, don’t the landscapes look way cooler with those dark clouds hovering over them? I think YES. The greens greener and the blues bluer.


It was time to hit the road again, this time driving down to Glencoe. So rather than leaving Skye the same way we arrived, via the bridge i.e., we wanted to take the ferry over to the mainland. We were lucky though, had it not been for a bus that had cancelled its spot on the ferry we would have to wait about 4hrs for the next available slot. So → piece of advice if you want to cross the water by ferry, call to book in advance!


By mere coincidence, we crossed this church in Glenfinnan, tried the door and it was open. And empty. You could only hear the wind travelling through the stone walls.


The interiors were really quite stunning.


What we were really looking for in Glenfinnan was this viaduct though — RECOGNIZE IT ANYONE??


As it turned out we probably did not choose the best viewpoint viaduct-wise, but nonetheless we chose the one with fewer tourists – and that’s always something!


Really we were meant to spend one night in Glencoe before driving back home on the Saturday, but after trying just about every road + friendly passer-by's we simply could NOT find our hostel. Nor did we have any number to call for directions.

J jokingly said "maybe we should just drive back to Aberdeen". Me, longing for a cooked meal and a warm shower, took that joke a bit too seriously and we were soon on our way back to Aberdeenshire.

Isle of Skye, Day 2: The Old Man of Storr & black sand dunes.


In the car again (which, yes, I guess is pretty mandatory seeing as this IS the documentation of a road trip) we headed towards Portree, on the coffee hunt. (The instant stuff often found in hostels does not count/deserve to be titled “coffee”, in my humble opinion…)


After the mornings first cuppa, we had a peek at the harbour and nicked some wild blackberries.


But the real destination for the morning was the Old Man of Storr; the large pinnacle you can see to the right.


The views from the hike up the hill were just stunning. Look at all that blue!


Voila! We did not make it all the way to the top; instead we laid down in the grass for a while, seeking shelter from the light winds and just enjoyed the landscape.


The rest of the afternoon we drove around the northern part of the isle, had coffee under sizzling sun in Dunvegan before driving back towards “our” part of the isle.


Final stop before dinner was Talisker Bay. 


I was well intrigued by the black (???) sand dunes.


We ended the evening with a meal and a pint at The Old Inn in Carbost; they even had a vegan curry!!! (That I downed in like 7 minutes tops. So hungry from all the fresh air!)

Isle of Skye, Day 1: Fairy pools & Highland Coo's.


Once on Skye, we (lol, rather I*) decided that we should ∼SEIZE THE DAY∼ before checking into our hostel of the evening. So off to the Fairy Pools we went.


Clearly that was by no means an original idea, as we were seemingly joined by the rest of Scotland's tourists... Oh well!

{Also note the difference of the sky here! One direction vs the other.}


We stated that the pools looked way cooler on pinterest... (possibly reached a lower score because of the crowd of tourists there.)


On the way back however, we encountered these fellas. Highland cows!




They weren't really up for posing though... *given the cold shoulder*


 Our hostel for the following days was probably one of the best ones I ever stayed. The Skyewalker Hostel.

Not ONLY because no one loves a pun more than I (and this place that's pretty much themed on one?! DREAMY!), but it was also by far the most well-equipped one I have ever been to. Plenty of kitchen utensils, music instruments, books and *drum-roll*... trust-worthy showers!


To top things off, they also had this massive ball of a glasshouse out in the garden. Imagine lying there on a starry night. Safe from the mosquitoes. :')


 The kitchen wall had a slogan suitable for this blog - or what do you say? ;)

More from our road trip:  → Aberdeen ⇒ Inverness. → Inverness ⇒ Fort Augustus ⇒ Eilean Donan

Inverness ⇒ Fort Augustus ⇒ Eilean Donan


Future dream home, you're looking at it! ↑


After a purchase of the largest coffees to be found in Inverness and some arguing over the non-working GPS (aka YOURS TRULY!) we were on our way towards the Isle of Skye. 

In order to get there, we drove around Loch Ness the non-touristic route (which was in fact not the fault of the GPS) meaning a really narrow single track road covered in greenery; passing by graveyards, fishing boats and fairy-tale like forests. One had to drive quite slowly, both A) for the sake of passing cars but also B) to imbibe the nature.

Just before reaching the bridge to Skye, we made a stop by Eilean Donan Castle. It is located where three lochs meet, a pretty scenic location i.e, and therefore one of the most photographed castles in the world. Unusually, Scotland was treating us to a real fine day of sun - so I can only imagine how epic that building must look on a gloomy day with heavy clouds and mist surrounding it.

Aberdeen ⇒ Inverness.


After a rather stressful morning of crossing town THREE times to get all the documents in order to pick up our rental car, we were on the road around noon to start our drive up towards Inverness.


We stopped along the A96 in Keith to visit the Strathisla distillery. Now I am not overly intrigued of such places, but J had made a good choice (if it were up to him we'd have stopped at just about every distillery we crossed... which were PLENTY!) with Strathisla, as it is the oldest distillery still operating in Scotland and thus lacks that almost industrial feel you get from more modern complexes.

The tour was about £7.50pp and lasted for an hour, including a little whisky tasting at the end (or you can purchase a driver's set if you are behind the wheel.)


Once in the highland capital, we literally made it around the city center before the rain started pissing down. This brought us into conversation with an elderly local who tagged along on a little pub crawl. First stop was the Castle Tavern, then on to the Market Bar (regarded as a bit of a hidden gem of the city - a teeny tiny pub in all wooden decor) and finally to Hootananny in time for a live session of traditional Scottish music.  


When we rolled out of town the following day, the sun stood bright in the sky yet the chilly August air was indicating autumn's return. We drove along Loch Ness, onto Eilean Donan Castle and finally to Isle of Skye where we'd spend the next couple of days -- but that will be a post for another time.

The WA-road trip.

The 5th of August the year before last, Ida and I had plucked our last egg, planted our last garlic, chased our last boar... in other words: we had completed our 88 days of farm work, and thus it was time for VACAY!!! After a day in Brisbane we flew to Perth to commence our 10-or-so-days road trippin' up the country.

Bring some snacks because here comes a fully loaded post!  


We had rented this little bumble bee to carry us up north. (Although these photos are from the last day at the car wash, after we had our like 2nd shower of the whole trip…)


The back of our car looked like this during day light hours. It was the definition of compact living.


There were a lot of wandering about epic nature. Our first stop was Kalbarri NP. Touristy photo from Nature’s window – check!


On Friday, I celebrated my 365th day (!!!) on the road with this luxury-fika in Coral Bay.


On Saturday we passed by Carnarvon and their weekend market. We bought coffee, cherry tomatoes and filled ourselves with free Chutney-samples.


Literally in the middle of nowhere, you find Two Tanks rest stop. Fellow by-passers had left their marks. Particularly like the one by Rach + Carrie "filling water, living the dream". It felt like an accurate description of life at that instant.


Karijini NP. As we hiked through the gorges I was like "you can really tell where the word gorge-ous comes from." Mmm so full of wisdom, Linnea.

One of the best thing is perhaps that everyone you pass stops for a few friendly words. A crazy Crocodile Dundee-fellow stopped by us and said he had climbed up by that loop you can see on the other side of the river. (How he managed is still a bit of a mystery to me.) He showed us some photos on his iPad from right underneath. As it turns out, it is in fact not a loop – it separates at the top. #funfact


The peanut butter incident. A day of great sorrow... <//3 (We may have eaten it anyway. )


I sure as hell wouldn’t mind a bit of Coral Beach right now. It makes up for its name, the whole beach consists of tiny little corals. Ouch for the feet, but pretty for the eye.


n WA they have this amazing pink lake... This is not it. But it did have a wee tint of pink. I swear it looked pinkish IRL!


One of the last stops on our way back to Perth was The Pinnacles, a (quite large) bunch of lime stones shaped by the weather.


The last night we were a bit too optimistic about the amount of petrol left. We drove around suburbian Perth in the hunt of a good (aka FREE) camper spot as the meter went lower and lower. Finally we found both a petrol station and, perhaps two hours mindless driving later, a camp spot. I slept restless the whole night afraid every car arriving was the camper police… (Is there even such a thing?)


The next morning we took an immensely cold shower by the public facilities and cleaned out the car (look at that orange desert-dust on the car - it was EVERYWHERE!) before we moved into Brodie in COUCHSURFING HEAVEN. But that will be another post.