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off to the land of bagpipes and kilts

September 2, 2011



I’m off to Scotland for a much needed vacation (ecstatic doesn’t even begin to express how I feel). It’s meant to hail and piss rain and blow gusts of wind that could rip the knickers right off me but I don’t care, people. It’s Scot-land! It’s meant to be a moody motherfucker, which is part of what makes it so enchanting, if you ask me. It’s just a wee bit cold up there, so you have to drink whiskey to keep warm (it’s mandatory… otherwise YOU DIE!) and it’s just misty enough to make you believe in fairies and isn’t the seaside just a little more exhilarating when you feel a storm coming off its horizon? I’ve bought myself a kickass raincoat and my flatmate has leant me all manners of thermals and I have wool socks so thick I can hardly squeeze my feet into a pair of boots so me thinks I’m set for the bony shores and the green hills of Scotland. Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye!  (What’s meant to happen will happen.)

Things I desperately need and am thoroughly looking forward to this week:

campfires (coffee brewed on campfire, beans cooked on campfire, bread toasted on campfire, hands warmed by campfire)


fresh air

hiking ben nevis — the highest peak in the UK (weather permitting)

cycling around islay (weather permitting)

swimming in fairy pools and wading in lochs (no matter the weather)

seeing some castles

visiting some whiskey distilleries

drinking some whiskey

eating honey whiskey porridge

generally revelling about whiskey

that sense of freedom you get when you travel (especially when you’re drinking whiskey)

time alone with my man, time with my camera, time with nature, time with myself… time, period.

Happy September, peeps!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Alison permalink
    September 2, 2011 5:25 am

    It sounds magical as are your pictures. Give a little kiss from me to any fairies you see. 🙂

  2. arabella permalink
    September 2, 2011 7:49 am

    I spent every summer on the west coast (near Mallaig) as a kid. I’ve travelled around, but for me, the whole west coast/hebridean area will always be the most wild and beautiful and magical of places. Enjoy every gorgeous minute.

  3. September 2, 2011 8:01 am

    I can hear the sound and smell the grass trought your pictures! very good, thank you!

  4. September 2, 2011 1:46 pm

    You need to wander Scottish beaches too, they’re magical and you often have them completely to yourself. Have a wonderful time.

  5. September 2, 2011 3:38 pm

    I’m assuming you’ll be coming back through Oban? Be sure to have fresh fish down by the pier, McCaig’s folly visit (sunset is ideal!) and drive through Glencoe…stop off in Ayr at Beanscene and wander the beach (my old stomping grounds that I miss so very much).

  6. September 2, 2011 3:44 pm

    and when you come home your clothes will smell like campfire! love it 🙂

  7. September 4, 2011 7:57 am

    Oh, those photos… Thank you! That was a vacation for me. So, so beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful whiskey drinking-solitude seeking-exploring Scotland time!

  8. September 6, 2011 8:05 am

    Love your photography, looks like that second last pic was taken at the mount nemo lookout 😛 am I right???

  9. September 7, 2011 4:10 am

    I am new to your blog and I LOVE this post. Being a Scot and ocassionally (well quite a lot!) getting pissed with the weather its nice to see someone actually justifying it! This post cheered me up on a wet Glasgow Wednesday! Look forward to becoming a regular reader, Jo x

  10. September 8, 2011 3:44 pm

    no more pics of sexy corduroy, mkay? (wink)

    have a deleesheeOHso time!!!!

  11. September 9, 2011 11:44 am

    look at you speaking all brit and shit….haha. : )

  12. September 12, 2011 1:35 pm

    oh… so many images i love so much here!!!

  13. September 12, 2011 2:00 pm

    this post made me laugh and smile and laugh quietly to myself. i am filled with envy. hope it is all you dream of and then a bit more.

    these photos you posted are fantastic.

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