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Location: Edinburgh

Day 1 - 31 May 2021

Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh, Edinburgh Airport
Edinburgh, Edinburgh Airport

Content: We arrived in Scotland which gave us more time to explore the city. The airport was well organised and was following COVID instructions. We took the metro from the airport to the city center.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle

Content: The first castle to explore is the historic castle of Edinburgh. It’s on top of Castle Rock which has been occupied by humans since at least Iron Age. It’s advisable to book the ticket online and in advance as it’s quite busy. The view from The castle are beautiful and the history very interesting. Ticket- 15,50£

The Castle Arms Ltd

Edinburgh, The Castle Arms Ltd

Content: We had lunch at The Castle Arms. The food was good and the location perfect to continue visiting the city.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Content: After lunch we keep exploring the city which has a lot to see. There are some museums, beautiful famous street and buildings with gorgeous architecture. After a day of walking we went to Carlton Hill for a beautiful sunset - check last picture

Greyfriars Bobby's Bar

Edinburgh, Greyfriars Bobby's Bar
Edinburgh, Greyfriars Bobby's Bar

Content: We had dinner in this famous restaurant which has a very sweet story. Bobby (dog in the statue) belonged to John who died in 1958. After dying Bobby was never able to overcome this event and stayed 14 years on his grave until he died himself! Many locals tried to evict him but Bobby never left. This story touched so much the people of Edinburgh that it become a symbol of the city.

easyHotel

Edinburgh, easyHotel

Content: We stayed the night in EasyJet Hotel. The room was incredible small but was cheap in the city center. As we stayed just 1 night this was fine otherwise I would advise somewhere else.

Location: Edinburgh

Day 2 - 1 Jun 2021

Carlowrie Castle

Edinburgh, Carlowrie Castle
Edinburgh, Carlowrie Castle
Edinburgh, Carlowrie Castle
Edinburgh, Carlowrie Castle

Content: We drove in the morning with this castle as first stop. Carlowrie Castle was built in the Scottish Baronial between 1852 and 1855 and only ever belonged to 2 families. At moment is one of three top venues in Europe for special events and weddings. As it’s private property we asked them by email if we could visit the outside of the castle which they said yes.

Location: Stonehaven

Day 2 - 1 Jun 2021

Dunnottar Castle

Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle
Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle
Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle
Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle

Content: Second stop of the day was this castle. Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress on top of a rock. The views from it are impressive and better than in pictures. We spent some time walking around it and stopped for a snack in the castle caffe. The castle has parking and it cost 8£ to visit the inside.

Location: Inverurie

Day 2 - 1 Jun 2021

Castle Fraser

Inverurie, Castle Fraser
Inverurie, Castle Fraser
Inverurie, Castle Fraser

Content: We spend around 1h exploring the castle and relaxing on the outside has it was a sunny day. The castle is one of the largest tower houses in Scotland. It’s a fascinating castle with 140 acres of ground and lovely woodland walks. The entrance is 14,50£. The outside is free to visit.

Location: Lumphanan

Day 2 - 1 Jun 2021

Macbeth Arms Hotel

Lumphanan, Macbeth Arms Hotel

Content: We spent the night in this simple but cozy hotel.

Location: Craigievar

Day 3 - 2 Jun 2021

Craigievar Castle

Craigievar, Craigievar Castle
Craigievar, Craigievar Castle
Craigievar, Craigievar Castle
Craigievar, Craigievar Castle

Content: We started the day exploring this wonderful castle, which was my favourite one from all the trip! If want to feel like a princess in your own fairytale this is it! The castle was finished in 1626 and is one of the finest original examples of Scottish Baronial architecture. Before the castle had more of a cream colour, however the owner Sir John decided to add some pigments to make the colour match the granite detailing which resulted in a distinctive pink colour. The castle is open for the public seasonally so we visited only the outside which was still great. There was no one around so we had the place for ourselves. There is parking available for 3£ and the visit inside the castle cost 14,50£.

Location: Ballater

Day 3 - 2 Jun 2021

Cairngorms

Ballater, Cairngorms

Content: We drove through the beautiful National Park and mande many stops on the way to enjoy the stunning views.

Location: Carrbridge

Day 3 - 2 Jun 2021

Carrbridge Hotel

Carrbridge, Carrbridge Hotel

Content: We stopped for lunch at this hotel because it exactly on front of our next stop in our itinerary. The food was great and they also had some tables outside.

Location: Dulnain Bridge

Day 3 - 2 Jun 2021

Old Pack Horse Bridge

Dulnain Bridge, Old Pack Horse Bridge

Content: Just a minute from the restaurant you will find this beautiful famous bridge. Old Pack Horse Bridge is the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands. It was built in 1717 to allow funeral processions to access the church when the river was in state.

Location: Inverness

Day 3 - 2 Jun 2021

Glen Mhor Hotel & Apartments

Inverness, Glen Mhor Hotel & Apartments

Content: We drove to Inverness and stayed in this hotel with a lovely view of the river front. The hotel is a bit old style but matches the place. The staff was lovely.

Location: Inverness

Day 4 - 3 Jun 2021

Glen Mhor Hotel & Apartments

Inverness, Glen Mhor Hotel & Apartments

Content: We started the day with the included breakfast of our hotel with a view of the river and city and explored a bit of the city after.

Location: Drumnadrochit

Day 4 - 3 Jun 2021

Urquhart Castle

Drumnadrochit, Urquhart Castle
Drumnadrochit, Urquhart Castle

Content: This was our first castle of day. We ended up visiting only the outside which was still worth it. This is a castle in ruins that sits besides the Noch Ness. Founded in the 13th century, this was once one of the Scotland’s largest castles and saw great conflict during its 500 years as a medieval fortress. There is parking available and the entrance costs 9,60£.

Location: Highland Council

Day 4 - 3 Jun 2021

Loch Ness

Highland Council, Loch Ness
Highland Council, Loch Ness

Content: We walked around the peaceful Loch Ness and drove to the next castle. One of the best things to enjoy in Scotland are the drives as you will see beautiful landscapes everywhere.

Location: Dornie

Day 4 - 3 Jun 2021

Eilean Donan Castle

Dornie, Eilean Donan Castle
Dornie, Eilean Donan Castle

Content: This was another one of our favourites. The castle has appeared in many films as it’s such a picturesque one. We spent some time walking and exploring the area and the inside and also learning about the history. The castle has parking available and ticket cost 10£.

Location: Fort William

Day 4 - 3 Jun 2021

Shelbeck

Fort William, Shelbeck

Content: We then drove to this cozy hotel where we spent the night. The location was good for us because it’s between our last castle of the day and the one for the next day.

Location: Glencoe

Day 5 - 4 Jun 2021

Glencoe

Glencoe, Glencoe
Glencoe, Glencoe
Glencoe, Glencoe

Content: We drove through Glencoe and did a little stop on the Three Sister Glencoe for the view and pictures.

Location: Lochawe

Day 5 - 4 Jun 2021

Kilchurn Castle

Lochawe, Kilchurn Castle
Lochawe, Kilchurn Castle
Lochawe, Kilchurn Castle
Lochawe, Kilchurn Castle
Lochawe, Kilchurn Castle

Content: The castle is free to visit. We explored the castle and the area around it. The castle itself is nothing special but the view of the castle from the view point is quite nice. The view point name is Lilchurn Castle Panorama Viewpoint on Kilchurn Grazings.

Kilchurn Castle

Lochawe, Kilchurn Castle
Lochawe, Kilchurn Castle
Lochawe, Kilchurn Castle
Lochawe, Kilchurn Castle

Content: The Scottish cows near the castle are one of the highlights of visiting this castle. They are usually there im the end of the day but might not be there everyday. We just loved to be around them. We walked with them, pet them and took loads of pictures. This was a highlight of the all trip! 😅

Location: Falkirk

Day 5 - 4 Jun 2021

The Kelpies

Falkirk, The Kelpies
Falkirk, The Kelpies
Falkirk, The Kelpies
Falkirk, The Kelpies

Content: We then drove to The Helix: Home of The Kelpies in Falkirk. The Helix is a free park with the 30 metre high horse head sculptures, the biggest equine sculpture in the world! We relaxed a bit on the park which had a great environment and had some food in the cafe there.

Location: Glasgow

Day 5 - 4 Jun 2021

Glasgow

Glasgow, Glasgow
Glasgow, Glasgow
Glasgow, Glasgow
Glasgow, Glasgow
Glasgow, Glasgow

Content: We walk around Glasgow city center and visited the University which a must do as it’s an incredible building.

The Citizen Glasgow

Glasgow, The Citizen Glasgow
Glasgow, The Citizen Glasgow
Glasgow, The Citizen Glasgow

Content: We then had a early dinner here and got to try the famous Haggis (Scottish dish). The restaurant is pretty nice, the food is tasty and also has a nice history as it’s on the former headquarters of The Evening Citizen, the newspaper. The restaurant decor and name of cocktails it’s all around this which is pretty nice.

Location: Paisley

Day 5 - 4 Jun 2021

Glasgow Airport

Paisley, Glasgow Airport

Content: And the trip has come to an end. We took a bus to the airport from the city center and got on the late flight back home.