Where to start writing about our inspiration trip to this gem in the north...
I really needed a breather. A break, in the form of waking up with fresh mountain air. I wanted to be free to make photos just for me. Bart really needed some space to work on new songs, away from all the distractions that being home holds. And beautiful Scotland offered us both so much more. Just a short hour flight to Edinburgh away, I can imagine us visiting this place right up until we're too old to leave our beds.
Edinburgh is such a lovely city filled with warm and kind people, good food and magical history. The Highlands are a true escape, an adventure that's just a short drive away. We only spent 4 days out there, but pushed all the way through to Isle of Skye (and so glad we did!) without any trouble.
I brought an old film camera with me, in an effort to slow down even more. Also, my Fuji x100t battery died on me fairly soon and since we drove around in a little camper van (no electricity) I had no choice but to focus on my film shots. Of course we did take lots of phone photos, too. A few of my favorites!
I've collected some nice things to do during your stay in either Edinburgh or the Highlands, there are probably millions more but these are the one's I've personally tried and loved.
- Use airBnB to find a perfect spot to stay the night. No spon, I'm just in love with meeting the nicest people in a different place and feeling at home in a local's house
- Hike Arthur's Seat around sunset. It's popular but so good to watch the sun set high above the city
- For good coffee and maybe even a breakfast pastry, go to Artisan Roast, Fortitude, Twelve Triangles, Brewlab or Cult Espresso. Plenty of choice!
- Dive into the past at Mr Woods Fossils, a little shoppe filled with chrystals, fossils and moonstones
- If you eat pork, grab a pulled crackling sandwich at Oink to recharge inbetween shops
- For great vintage, visit one of the (amazingly curated) Armstrong's shops
- Grab lunch at Lovecrumbs or MILK
- Get a pizza at La Favorita or a burger at Holyrood
- Visit the Stockbridge Market on Sunday around lunch time, bring an empty stomach. Buy some gyozo at the Harajuku Kitchen stand and try black tea kombucha from Left Field
- Stroll Greyfriars Kirkyard on a quiet moment, try to find the Tom Riddle stone if you're into that Harry Potter nerdiness at all (guilty)
- Highly highly recommend dinner at Ting Thai Caravan or El Cartel (mexican street food), go early or expect a little wait, which it's definitely worth!
When I visit again (and I'm sure it will be sooner than later) I'll update this list again :)
- Hike one of the the Three Sisters
- The drive up to Glenfinnan is so perfect, and from there you can visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct aka the Harry Potter Bridge (major nerd moment)
- Stop at all the parking spots along the road. They are called view points for a reason!
- Don't forget to fill up on gas when you can, further up north gas stations get scarce
Isle of Skye
- Hike the Old Man of Storr or the Quiraing, start just before sunrise so you can be alone with the giants
- Visit the Fairy Pools, extra magical in the twilight
- Have coffee & cake (or chocolate) at Single Track coffee & art, bring a book and relax a little!
- Have dinner in front of the fireplace sipping on local beers at Seumas' Bar
- Since the island is fairly small, try to drive along the entire coastline. So pretty!