A few weeks ago we took a short summer break and travelled up to Scotland to explore the Cairngorms and Moray Coast. The trip lasted five days and kicked off in Edinburgh (armed with our An Edinburgh Companion City Map) then headed north to the Cairngorms.
We managed to pack a lot into a few hours in Edinburgh, checking out a spot of standup comedy at the Fringe, a peruse around some of Edinburgh’s best boutique shops, a spot of tasty lunch from The New Town Deli and a delicious cinnamon bun at Söderberg Bakery.
We left Edinburgh heading up to the Cairngorms and taking in the views on the way.
Home for the next few days was Balneden Steading, a converted cattle shed in the Glenlivet Estate. The house is remote enough to enjoy the peace and quiet and take in the surrounding nature, but still a great location to get around easily. As long as you have a car!
First we headed up north to the Moray Coast, exploring the white sands of Lossiemouth and Burghead. Doing a bit of seal spotting and watching a group of brave surfers battle the North Sea waves.
The beaches were beautiful and reminded us of our trip last year around the west coast of Scotland and Mull. The Bothy in Burghead also deserves a mention for another excellent lunch.
Loch Ness was also on our list to visit. We didn’t see Nessie but did brave a very brief dip in the water.
The trip ended with a visit to The Secret Herb Garden just outside of Edinburgh. The ideal place for lunch before a flight home. Most of the dishes are made from veg grown in their garden and the tables are scattered around the greenhouses surrounded by grapes, pears and plums hanging from the ceilings. A lovely end to the trip!