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Loch Morlich // paddling // by the loch // going swimming // wild raspberries // whisky bottle // midge candles // barbecue // Moss // pet cemetery // Meall a' Bhuachaille // heather // Cairngorms // in the woods

Last week I got the train up to Aviemore to spend a few days camping with my parents. It's probably not everyone's idea of a great summer holiday, but having spent my childhood visiting campsites the length and breadth of Scotland, I strangely enjoy the thought of donning my wellies and abandoning civilisation for a few days. We stayed at Glenmore campsite, right in the middle of the Cairngorms National Park, and spent the week reading books, taking the dog for walks and having barbecues. It was so nice to not be glued to my computer for a few days, and luckily the weather was pretty good so I got to spend most of my time lounging around outside.

It was also nice to spend some time with Moss, he's getting so big now even though he's still only a baby at a little over a year old. The first thing I'm going to do when I get a proper house with a garden is get myself a wee puppy pal! Moss used to be scared of the water but changed his mind for some reason this week and we couldn't keep him out of it; he'd go and stand with his feet in the water and wait for someone to throw a stick in for him. I did a little bit of paddling myself but the water was rather chilly for going in any deeper than the ankles - although in years past I've been swimming in the loch (not in September though!).

I took lots of photos (as you can probably tell) of the scenery but the one thing I didn't get a photo of was the stars. Sadly my camera wasn't powerful enough to capture the night sky, but it was AMAZING. Because it is so dark in the middle of nowhere, you could see every single star. Like, you could literally see the Milky Way. I love everything to do with stargazing and am pretty good at picking out the constellations, but because there were so many stars it started to get a bit difficult to recognize each individual constellation!

I had a lovely week filling up on barbecue food and drinking wine in the sunshine, but I'm definitely glad to be back in my own bed now!

Have you ever been to the Highlands? What's your favourite UK holiday destination?

Gillian x


  1. Amazing pics!! I've been living in scotland for nearly 2 years now and I still haven't properly travelled here yet! (boo hiss etc) a day trip to loch ness is pretty much the extent of it! These pics are making me realise there's more to Scotland than the pentlands hehe xxx

  2. the photos are stunning! so beautiful!

  3. What a gorgeous place for a holiday. I grew up going to Scotland a lot for summer holidays and it's always been my kinda thing to do rather then just laying on the beach getting burnt. Nice just to get back to nature.

  4. I've never been to Scotland, all photos I've seen make it look stunning and yours are no exception! xo

  5. beautiful pictures, this place looks so lovely, must of been so relaxing and a lot of fun! :)

  6. These photos have made me realise that I need to appreciate my homeland and explore it more, thank you for sharing :) x

  7. Such beautiful pictures, it sounds like an amazing time. By far, my favourite UK destination is Tenby in South Wales. I've been at least ten times and I fall more in love with the place each time. xo

  8. This looks amazing! I'm glad you had such a great time! Some people forget how lovely Scotland can be when the sun comes out. I've never been to the HIghlands (Inverness is the furthest North I've ever been!), but I'd love to!


  9. These are so beautiful, the landscapes look absolutely stunning! The pet cemetery is really cool too, we have similar near to us, it always makes me think of the film though!
    I love camping too, but I've never been to Scotland, it's one of those places I always mean to visit & then never get around to. Being in the middle of nowhere & being able to see all the stars is my idea of heaven, I love stargazing & picking out the constellations, it blows my mind thinking how were are such a tiny tiny part of it all...

  10. It looks and sounds like you had an amazing time! Orion's belt is may favourite constellation and I always check the sky at night to find it. I live on the outskirts of a small village in the countryside, and sometimes the number of stars visible is breathtaking ♥

  11. It looks like such a lovely part of the world! I think the furthest north in Scotland I've been is Perth, would love to explore the highlands though.

  12. Beautiful photos! Making me want to take more road trips :) x

  13. Sometimes I forget just how beautiful Scotland is! It looks gorgeous and camping is always fun! Also the stars out in the middle of nowhere are beautiful, very jealous lady! xxxx

  14. Lovely pictures, the doggy is so so cute :)
    Jo. x

  15. Your photos have a lovely feel to them. I particularly love the bbq one! These definitely make me want to visit Scotland one day! xo

  16. It sounds like you had such a relaxing little get away. I love the pictures of the dog and that little graveyard is really interesting. I Loooooooooove sitting out under the stars, I very rarely get to sit out under the stars and not much makes me happier, especially with a blanket, some cuddles, and a warm cup of tea/coffee.


  17. This looks beautiful, I love being able to just cut yourself off!

    Maria xxx

  18. I've never been to the highlands but those pictures look stunning! I'm always going to holidays in the Westcountry, mind... but Scotland is on my to-do list!! :)

  19. Breathtaking pictures! I especially love that one you took with the sailboat and the trees, its stunning.

    Gigi xoxx

  20. Gorgeous photos! Scotland is so beautiful - I'd love to go for a proper walking holiday there one day. I think the last time I was that far north must have been about ten years ago with family!

  21. Love the pictures they feel peaceful, if you know what I mean! I used to love going to Wales when I was younger.

  22. It sounds like a perfect getaway! I love visiting Scotland, the scenery is so beautiful and breathtaking :)

    Caroline x
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