Southern Scandinavia: A 3 day road trip.

Southern Scandinavia: A 3 day road trip.

I think the majority of us plead guilty when it comes to not doing so much travelling around your own country. So last summer I decided this needs to be changed and set out to explore the very south of this long, long country of mine with my French side-kick.

Bring on three days of picturesque stone churches, vodka distilleries and the bridge TV star!

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Northern Scotland Coast-to-Coast: A 5 Day Itinerary.

Northern Scotland Coast-to-Coast: A 5 Day Itinerary.

Breathtaking scenery, men in checkered skirts and crumbling castles - what more does one need from a road trip? One thing is for sure, you will never be bored driving through Scotland!

This 5 day itinerary goes above and beyond the bigger cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow; instead we do a roundtrip from Granite City Aberdeen! Includes whiskey distilleries, possibilities to see Nessie and a glimpse of the Hogwarts Express.

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Skye ⇒ Glenfinnan ⇒ Glencoe ⇒ Aberdeen.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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The interiors were really quite stunning.

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

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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!

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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.

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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…)

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Final stop before dinner was Talisker Bay. 

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

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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!)