We’re back in lockdown so naturally I’m feeling a little cooped up and dreaming of getting back out into the world one day. Ideally I’d like to travel somewhere else in the world (especially somewhere that’s warm) but, still, what I’d give to have the warmer Scottish weather back so I could still be roadtripping around our fair country. And yet here I am stuck at home, so I’m reminiscing on some roadtrips taken last summer which might give you something to look forward to checking out later on this year!
Craigevar Castle – find it here
I mean, it’s a pink castle – what more could you want? In all seriousness though it’s got beautiful views and big gardens to take a walk in. I think we were lucky that it was really quiet the day that we went so we had a picnic on the benches out in front of the castle and had the place all to ourselves.
Tillyfourie Quarry – find it here
This spot feels like it just popped up in popularity in recent years and on a sunny day it was heaving with people hanging out, swimming and sunbathing. Honestly we had a bit of a strugg finding it so here’s what I learned – follow the signs towards Whitehills Stone Circle and then you’ll find the wee car park. It’s a wee bit of a trek from there to get to the quarry but there’s a wee map to guide your way.
Cairn O’ Mount – find it here
This is actually a spot that we stumbled across on our way from Craigevar to Loch Lee driving through the hills and found a wee car park with a viewpoint over the rolling hills. There are paths for you to climb to the very top of the hill but it was pretty windy so we just stepped out of the car to breath in the fresh air and take in that view.
Loch Lee – find it here
This one is definitely an entire days activity in itself and if you want to go here I definitely recommend some proper walking shoes and plenty of water. The Loch is stunning and so nice to see it glittering on a sunny day. It’s a pretty long walk to go the length of the loch but I suppose you can just tap out at whatever point you fancy. That said if you fancy a very long walk then you could continue to…
Falls of Unich – find it here
It definitely takes quite a while of walking past the loch to get to the Falls of Unich, which I would have a better picture of if we had the energy to keep going all the way up to it. We had a very busy day and happened to underestimate how much of a walk it was to get to the waterfall (up the back of this photo on the right). We got near enough to see it better but then we had to tap out because we were tired already and knew how long it would take us to walk back (especially battling some oncoming clouds).
Den of Finella – find it here
Which brings me to my final gem, tucked underneath the A92 near St Cyrus. Apparently named after a huntress who killed a Scottish King with a crossbow to avenge her son, then jumped down the waterfall to escape capture, sounds like Finella was such a bad ass. Another warning to try and have proper shoes and prepare for the climb down there (it ain’t easy). Thankfully there are ropes to help, but if you’re clumsy like me you might slip and fall on your ass a couple times. It is ridiculously beautiful down there though and on a hotter day you could swim in the water too.
Tell me your favourite spots! I’m always looking for somewhere new to visit.