Driving over Scotland

We finally, begrudgingly checked out of our Gleneagles cocoon of comfort, and hit the road.

Heading west, towards the coast. A route that would take us through the wilds of the Scottish countryside, in all it’s autumnal glory.

Even the persistent drizzle for which the British Isles are so famous couldn’t disguise the beauty of Scotland’s rolling hills, valleys and lakes… *ahem* lochs.

We sped through the country, marvelling at the changing landscapes and colours.

Pulling over occasionally when it all became too much to resist!

Leaping out, cameras in hand, ready to greedily capture it all.

I mean seriously.

Just scroll back up and look at the variety of colours in that one frame, on a wet, grey day.

Quite astounding.

But it wasn’t until we reached Loch Awe that we decided to hop out for a proper leg stretch and explore.

Despite some questionable footwear choices in the group.

We trudged through a spectacularly soggy bog, and finally made it to the shores of Loch Awe.

Which is far from a misnomer.

The sun came out just as we reached the shore, turning the landscape a glittering gold.

The mists cleared and treated us to the most spectacular view of Kilchurn Castle.

Built in 1450 by Sir Colin Campbell, Lord of Glenorchy.

Its sorry ruined state only adds to its romance.

And it draws admirers from near and far.

Some as far as Charleston, USA!


Who love a good adventure as much as I do.

And are juuust about as mature.

Luckily for me.

Red checked scarf // Pink blazer

Black poloneck // Black jeans

Quilted black bootsUS version

Julia’s coat // Red jumper // Denim shirt

Rust trousers // Navy wellies

Soggier than ever, we continued on to the other side of the water.

To Saint Conan’s Kirk.

The most beautiful church.

With the most beautiful view out over the water.

Anyone out there thinking of a wedding… this would be stunning!

Just a thought.

We hopped back into the car and in a jiffy we were home.

Ready to check into a new hotel, the fantastically creepy Ardanaiseig Hotel

An old guesthouse on the water’s edge, the staff loathe the guests, the rooms are painted wild colours, the food is extortionately priced and just about edible, the water from the taps a thick beige, and you do get the occasional shiver up your spine as things go bump in the night, but I wouldn’t have changed it for the world.

It had the old school charm of a proper British hotel. More Faulty Towers than Soho House, and brilliant for it.

My bedroom was red and I loved it.

My fiancé most certainly reconsidered the life decisions that led him to marrying a mad Brit, but opted to grin and bear it. Giving him more in common with my father than I’d ever realised.

Meanwhile I ran around taking pictures in wide-eyed excitement at all of the beautifully curated clutter.

Eventually we all reconvened for tea in the drawing room beside a crackling fire.

Overlooking the eerily still loch.

What followed was a highly amusing evening involving being thoroughly dressed down for using the wrong door to the dining room, two very polite Americans trying to explain why haggis wasn’t really vegetarian, and a serious of mishaps I’m saving for my new sitcom about a hotel in the middle of nowhere…

More Scottish adventures tomorrow, including (thank god) some of the best street food I have ever, ever had. Which is no mean feat!

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  • meghan

    Wow, such beautiful photos!
    xo, Meghan | http://tanlinesanddaisies.com/

  • You and Julia are the best blogger couple! So funny pictures of you two!

  • Cameron Skakel

    Amazing! I did a road trip with my mom and sister in Scotland this summer…but looks like we will have to go back for an autumn trip most definitely. You should check out the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts for next year….haha Also what camera were you using for the church photos, the lighting is just incredible. xx

  • Haha this is brilliant! I love your description of the second hotel so much – “the staff loathe the guests, the rooms are painted wild colours, the food is extortionately priced and just about edible…” Sounds like the kind of places my grandparents would go – where everyone has an air of silent disapproval and is considered all the more ‘British’ for it! Although, trapped in the middle of nowhere, how did you eat?! Snacks in the car under the cover of darkness? Or just grin and bared the hotel food?

    The photos of the scenery are just stunning – I really really do want to go and visit the wilds of Scotland. It’s just so on our doorstep!

    KatieJane | Soup&Champagne

  • Wow it looks amazing!

  • Scotland is seriously one of the most beautiful areas of the UK – your amazing pictures have made me desperate to go back! (Try and visit the Devils Pulpit if you can, its a ‘secret’ red glen between Glasgow and Loch Lomond)! Steph x

  • It looks like you guys had such an awesome time and the photos are beautiful! Scotland is going on my list of places that I just have to visit!


  • Rach

    Wow, this is so beautiful! This makes me want to book a trip there now haha!


  • That hotel looks amaaaazing! As does Kilchurn Castle – I could imagine it being haunted, it has just that kind of look! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • Miss Elaineous

    I think this may be my favorite post of yours ever, and I’ve been reading your blog for several years now! I’ve always been completely besotted with the wild ruggedness of Scotland, and you’ve captured it perfectly. This looks like the quintessentially perfect Scottish getaway. Very jealous sitting in my office chair right now. And that guest house?!?!? I can’t take it! The charm of it is impeccable. The staff may have been Fawlty Towers, but the decor is gorgeous. Love, love, love all over this post. xoxoxoxox

  • Those red walls! I just love the gold accents of that room. I don’t blame you for loving it so much as I probably would too!

  • So fun! The Scottish countryside is simply amazing. That gives me a serious itch to plan a next trip. Happy you had a good time!

  • The view are just incredible. Such a beautiful place, I am planning already. Very fitting outfits as well!


  • Peppermint Dolly

    Sounds like one funny evening!!


  • Your pink blazer is PER-FECT!


  • Nicky Lang

    My fiance is Glaswegian so we spend a LOT of time in Scotland, although more at my bequest then his urge to head north lol.

    Hope you have/had a wonderful time. It’s one of my favourite places in the world 🙂

  • Kilchurn Castle was on my road trip list this summer but unfortunately we didn’t make it there. What a gorgeous setting. Driving through Scotland is the way to do it, it’s so ruggedly gorgeous.

    xx Stephanie


  • Ahahaha this sounds utterly hilarious. What an amazing sounding hotel, although not sure I’ll be booking in for a stay any time soon!

    Katie <3