I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Scotland - from Edinburgh (one of my favourite places I've ever visited, I've decided) - to further north seeking out the Loch Ness monster, I could quite happily spend more of my days exploring rolling green hills and quaint cobbled streets.
Christmas in Edinburgh / Inverness
Being there for New Years was perfect timing and such a cool experience (or a very noisy experience, if you look at it another way), as the apartment we were in had a view of one of the New Year's Eve concerts that were going on - the stage was literally right there when you looked out the window. Not my finest night's sleep, but it was memorable.
The apartment & the concert / Fireworks over Edinburgh Castle
Apart from Edinburgh, we stopped off in a few little places and explored bits and pieces - a castle here, a castle there - and during our road trip further north we stopped off at hidden lunch spots, and admittedly got lost with the GPS. We stayed a few nights in Inverness, which is a really lovely little town near Loch Ness (not a fan of the drive there, to be honest! Car sickness, no thank you!). One thing that amazes me about many places in the UK or a little further afield, is that there are so many lovely old buildings and streets to look at and take about a million pictures of. You just don't get the same kind of old world history in New Zealand.
Inverness at sunset / Grandtully (the middle of nowhere basically!)
Stirling Castle / Urquhart Castle
Told you these posts weren't going to be particularly exciting or lengthy! But it's nice to look back on what I did and reflect about it just a little bit. Next up on the list is England - where we went to London, Bath and a few little towns! I'll be putting the next post up in a little while.