Exploring Scotland – Bennachie

If you’re new to hiking but fancy something a bit more substantial this is a surprisingly good, albeit challenging hike. It doesn’t take long, there are several route choices and the views are so worth the effort once you reach the top. My boyfriend insisted we park at the Visitor Centre and walk the Timeline Trail, and then mentioned halfway up it was probably the hardest route… Thanks! I had to stop maybe thirty times… But I went with no reservations about how hard the uphill climb would be, and made it despite my lack of fitness!

Exploring Scotland – Forvie National Nature Reserve

Honestly, this isn’t a post praising walking boots (but you should get some), I swear. If you haven’t read the last post (here) you wouldn’t know that I got a pretty awesome camera for my birthday but since a 15 minute trip to the beach I haven’t really been able to use it. Today I drove out to the Forvie National Nature Reserve in the beautiful village of Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, to go on a little hike and hopefully get a few good shots! Despite me and my zoom lens having a fair few disagreements (it really doesn’t like to be manually focused) I think I captured the essence of this really stunning national park!

Exploring Edinburgh…

This week I’ve let a lot of things fall by the wayside, mostly because my parents were up visiting me so my time commitments went purely to them. Usually when they are here, we go shopping, perhaps drive out of Aberdeen and go and see a castle nearby, and just have a relaxing time catching up. But this time my parents stayed for longer, so I suggested a trip to the Scottish Capital to mix things up a bit!

Review: Café Society Aberdeen

When I got back to Aberdeen, I started my search for independent coffee shops and Café Society, then called Quality Treats, was one of the first to pop up. I live right in the city centre, and this lovely café is only a five minute walk away. Shortly after my discovery, I was devastated to find the inside of Quality Treats ripped out and the branding gone. I was so sure I’d missed my chance! But after a few weeks out reopened as Café Society, and today I finally went in.

Scuba Diving on the West Coast of Scotland: I <3 Oban

Although this post will be mostly centered on my diving experiences, I have to recommend Oban as a travel destination. If you want to visit Scotland but don’t fancy a city break, Oban is the perfect spot. It’s really close to Glasgow and Stirling, and has excellent travel links. It’s small enough to feel quaint, but big enough to have decent shops within walking distance of the central hotels. It’s surrounded by loads of things to do and see, including the castles Dunstaffnage and Dunollie, and the harbour has regular sailings to the Isles of Mull, Colonsay, Coll and Tiree. It’s also the watersports capital of Scotland, and if you’re a qualified cold water diver who’s never dived here, I can’t recommend it enough!