I just got back from an amazing trip to Scotland to spend time with family and friends. I am now literally EXHAUSTED and of course, as always when I get time off of work, I’ve come down with the flu!
I had a really really great time up in the North (where Winter seems to have been delayed btw) – I spent a couple of days up in Loch Goilhead, which is not far from Loch Lomond and then a few more days in Glasgow where I drank quite a bit of beer and got to see Biffy. F*cking. Clyro!!
In Loch Goilhead we stayed in a premier chalet at the Drimsynie estate holiday village – the chalet was a sweet wooden building with plenty of space and a good-sized hot tub which was a real bonus. I don’t think much could beat sitting in the hot tub with an ice cold beer and staring up at the stars.
The Drimsynie House Hotel leisure centre
The location was fab, although the long and winding road up to it was a little nerve-wracking but the view from the top was more than worth the anxiety inducing icy bends! The Leisure Centre has a pool, bars, restaurant and cafe plus a selection of things such as ping-pong tables. I’ll be honest I didn’t have much time so didn’t try them out although we had a celebration dinner in the restaurant which was OK and watched the rugby in the smaller of the two bars where I had my first Guinness (not keen – like cold coffee!)
Being photo-bombed by my cousin’s dog Harley
Stunning view across the Loch from the golf course
My cousin loves golf but I’ve never played before so walked the course with them, taking photos whilst they played an afternoon round in the sunshine
I couldn’t believe how stunning the scenery was – waking up to these views was just incredible. It’s made me even more excited about walking the West Highland Way next year!
The rest of my stay was supposed to be taken up with a huge beer crawl across Glasgow but unfortunately I was SO ill! Ended up spending most of it snoozing on the sofa under a duvet, watching TV and getting hooked on I’m a Celebrity Get me Outta Here!
We did do visit a few bars including the Bier Halle and Waxy O’Connors which looked like a mad mix of Harry Potter and LOTR had popped up just by George Square!
Best fridge magnet ever?
We had breakfast one morning at TriBeCa South – it was really good but I just couldn’t eat it all between feeling ill and the HUGE portions! I’ll definitely have to go back when I’m germ free!
Brewdog and Omnipollo Collaboration – Flat-Pack Fruit Bat
On my last night in Glasgow we went to Brewdog for a Flat-Pack Fruit Bat and then see Biffy Clyro at the SSE Hydro – they are one of my favourite bands and so it was such an incredible experience to get to see them live! Not only that but it was my first time getting to see them, they were my first ever live band in Scotland, and are a Scottish band themselves so it all felt extra special. Will never forget hearing them sing Rearrange and Falling Stars live – just a massive feeling that is impossible to explain!
A quick stop off at Paesano on my way to the airport finished off my flying visit – the pizza was great; really fresh and tasty and I’ll definitely be back again!
You know when I love a city because I completely fall for it – hook, line and sinker, and Glasgow is one of those cities that I could see myself living in permanently. It really does have an incredible vibe – it’s fun, beautiful and a bit gritty around the edges which makes it feel like home. In fact I’ve already scheduled in my next two visits!