Summer 2019, I took some time off to explore Scotland for 3 days.
My sister and I took a train from London to Aberdeen, got off at Edinburgh.
I booked a student lodge just the day before which was pretty cheap and the location here matters a lot! It was near Hollyrood Park, a beautiful location.
The walk we took from the station to our lodge, 20 mins with our wheeler bags but amidst the clouds and the mountains, it felt like nothing!
From the hustle and bustle of London, we reached a place where there was hardly anyone in sight or if you happen to spot somebody, they would be walking with the cutest dogs!
The main market of Edinburgh has great restaurants, we particularly loved the Indian food options there, lipsmacking!
The next day we woke up early to start the Arthur’s Seat Trek.
The starting point is from Hollyrood Park and it says 3 hrs or so by Google Maps.
The ascend routes were clearly mapped, though there were several routes available.
Beautiful hills, you could spot a person playing a guitar at a foothill or an artist sketching the view.
Splendour of flora and fauna.
Pristine lakes and the view of the entire city of Edinburgh is quite picturesque as we keep climbing and reaching the top.
After a while, it was just the two of us for company.
We played our favourite songs and had the time of our life at this beautiful place.
At the top, there was quite a crowd, we all felt like Kings, on top of the city.
The descent was quite amusing, the sun was setting and we followed our gut this time, chose the routes we thought were offering the best views and were short, it was a road not taken by many but worth the experience.
We were famished after the trek, ate some amazing food at a Chinese joint in Edinburgh.
I searched all the food places on Zomato.
We kept the last day for the highlands tour and to witness the beauty of the huge lakes.
We took a bus tour which was super easy.
Loved being in a big group, we didn’t have to rent a car.
We saw the hills of Glencoe- beautiful 3 hills but one can’t imagine the war that took place here.. a deadly battle, a massacre took place here years ago but the beauty of this place remains untouched.
Loch Ness was a mesmerizing long lake with black waters.
It is named after the legend of a sea monster here, by name of Nessi.
We spent some time shopping here at the Loch Ness store, it had a lot of good Scottish authentic things.
I stocked up on some local jam, honey and mufflers, woolen caps, socks, bags, souveniers and not to miss- chocolates for family and friends.
Post a long day in the highlands, we came back, ate a little homemade quick meal, went off to sleep and woke up just half an hour before our train to London.
Catching our breath, we made it in time and couldn’t keep our eyes off the train views as we knew now we’re heading back to the hyper metro life.
Leaving the gorgeous hills and sheep behind but taking away countless amazing memories from this short and spontaneous, getaway of my dreams!❤️