We’ve just got back from our Scotland holiday. I love Scotland, and it was my husband’s first time visiting, and I think it’s safe to say that we will be going back in the not too distant future 🙂

 

We started our trip in Edinburgh, this was the halfway point, and a four hour drive from home.

The main reason for visiting was to go to an exhibition about the Celts and their art, at the National Museum of Scotland. The exhibition was brilliant, and the main attraction, the Gundestrup Cauldron, was absolutely gorgeous!

I couldn’t take any photo’s of it, so here is an image I found on Google, showing my favourite panel (the one inside at the back), isn’t it gorgeous?

Gundestrup Cauldron

It’s on until September, and I’d definitely recommend going to see it if you get the chance, here is the link http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/whats-on/celts/

We had a walk around Greyfriars churchyard too, it’s pretty impressive.

We only had two nights here, but we are planning to go back, probably next year and see more. The castle and Mary King’s Close are definitely on our list for our next visit.

 

After Edinburgh, we travelled another four hours up into the Highlands to stay with my cousin and his family in Golspie.

Golspie is a beautiful little coastal town, and we got there just in time for gala week, and we started our holiday here by watching the Ben Bhraggie hill race. They run up and down the steep face of the ben, we cheered them all on as they went up and came back down, all of them exhausted and with good reason too.

On the Wednesday we had a walk around Golspie village and along the sea front, a nice relaxing day today.

Here are a couple of snaps from the sea front.

Golspie hols - Golspie seafront (left) Golspie hols - Golspie seafront (right)

 

On Thursday we had a nice walk along the sea front up to Dunrobin Castle. The house and gardens are beautiful! We really enjoyed the falconry display and the walk around the castle. We had some tea and cake in the tea room there too.

Golspie hols - Dunrobin Castle

I also saw lots of houses on our trip that I would just love to buy, but definitely can’t afford. Houses like this one, right next to Dunrobin Castle.

Golspie hols - House next to Dunrobin

On Friday we walked up Ben Bhraggie. Boy am I unfit! How everyone ran up and down it on Tuesday night is beyond me! I, on the other hand, had to stop every so often to catch my breath. We forgot to take a drink of water with us, so I had to keep munching on bilberries on our walk. They were very tasty too.

Golspie hols - bilberries

Every time we stopped, I had a bumble bee buzzing around my head. It was really strange, as if they were following me for moral support.

Bumble bees are such friendly little creatures, here is one of them.

Golspie hols - bumble bee

Finally at the top of Ben Bhraggie, the view is beautiful!

Golspie hols - view from Ben Bhraggie 1 Golspie hols - view from Ben Bhraggie 2 Golspie hols - view from Ben Bhraggie 4 Golspie hols - view from Ben Bhraggie 3

Friday afternoon was the fancy dress parade through Golspie. There were some great costumes, beginning with the pipe band.

Golspie hols - fancy dress parade Golspie hols - fancy dress parade 2

Our last day there was Saturday, and throughout our whole trip in Scotland, we didn’t see one Heilan’ Coo, more commonly known as Highland cow. Considering we were in the Highlands, I was determined to see one, and so Claire came to the rescue and drove us to her friends farm.

The cows weren’t brave enough to come up to us, but I managed to get this (really bad) photo of them on my phone. The babies were so cute and fluffy 🙂

Golspie hols - Highland cattle

 

The finale of Golspie Gala Week was a mass pipe band. There were four pipe bands playing altogether, and they played beautifully despite the thunderstorm.

I’m not sure if the link to my husband’s video will work for you (I hope it does), but here it is anyway: Pipe band video

 

When we were in Golspie, we stayed with my cousin and his family.

They let out two of their rooms as a bed and breakfast and run a tea room on a Sunday, 12 – 4 pm.

Rhives House B & B

If you’re in the area, you definitely need to call in for tea and cake, the cakes are all baked by Claire and are delicious.

Here is a link to their website Rhives House B & B & their Facebook page