North end of Loch Long and Loch Lomond

My Balloch day trip and walks in Garelochhead had left me wanting to explore the more mountainous upper reaches of Loch Long and Loch Lomond. As i mentioned in my earlier posts, it’s not very easy to get around the Loch Lomond national park without a car. It can be done, but you best check…

South end of Loch Lomond

The main reason I came to Garelochhead: Loch Lomond! The only downside is that that song has been playing in a loop in my head. Ye’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak the low road And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye.. Dammit! Did you know, by the way, that the song was written…

First days in Garelochhead

Fun fact: I keep misspelling Scotland as Stocland. Do you have any idea how many times that is now? But I digress. After a great week in Stirling, I headed to Garelochhead, a tiny village on Gare Loch, near Loch Lomond and the Trossach national park. The journey from Stirling was not too bad, about…

This and that in Stirling

Stirling was delightful, with lots to see and do. The big things I already wrote about – William Wallace, the castle and nearby Doune – so this post mops up the rest before we move onto Loch Lomond. My hostel was in the Old Town, almost at the top of a rather steep hill, and close…

Doune Castle

I know, I know, two castle posts in a row. What can I say, Scotland is full of fascinating castles! And this one is doubly fascinating for a Game of Thrones and/or Outlander fan, as both shows shot there. So of course it was a must for me. It was a short half an hour…

Scotland map

One of the many, many reasons I am moving to Edinburgh is to have a base for travels in Scotland. Scotland is gorgeous, and full of fascinating history, quaint towns and whisky distilleries. As I will travel in Scotland in future months, I will add the destinations on this map. As this is not a…

Stirling Castle

Stirling town is delightful, and similar to Edinburgh old town with its grand grey buildings and steep, narrow roads, all leading up to the castle. I found my to-be favourite spot early on, after a stroll around the Church of the Holy Rood and its cemetery. Orderly rows of graves and markers, bunnies running wild,…

Stirling and William Wallace

I know I’m late with this post and it’s because I’m having the hardest time writing this post. I’ve visited so many fascinating places in my first days in Stirling that I don’t know where to start! Or what to include! Partly it’s also due to the utterly shitty wifi at my hostel. Nice place…

Town and ocean in St Andrews

St Andrews is on the eastern coast of Scotland, a few hours from Edinburgh. I took the train to nearby Leuchars and a bus from there to St Andrews on my exile from Edinburgh. The cathedral and castle ruins are perhaps the biggest draw in St Andrews, but it is a delightful town to spend…

Cathedral and castle in St Andrews

St Andrews is just so pretty! It’s right on the coast with a long sandy beach, a ruined Cathedral and Castle right on the coast. The town is medieval and is now known as the home of golf. There are several golf courses, most of course in the best locations by the coast, which pisses…