30 Hour Midweek Highland Getaway
I can already tell that one of the most wonderful things about living in Scotland is going to be that it takes almost no time at all to get out into the country.
Just a few miles outside of the city, the Scottish Highlands are already beckoning to us!
While waiting to move into our new flat last week, Taido and I had the opportunity to escape alone for a night. My mother is in town and volunteered to stay with the kids while we did a bit of exploring.
We bought food at the market and had picnics for lunch and dinner by The River Dee.
Before our walk into the woods, we made a couple of stops in the small villages of Ballatar and Braemar. We toured The Royal Lochnagar Distillery and collected information about the area from visitor centers.
Having done very little research prior to setting out, we asked for and received helpful information about where we could hike in and camp (called wild camping in the UK) for the night.
After walking through this beautiful country for about 4 miles, we pitched our tent right by the river.
Camping in the Highlands has been one of those moments we’ve dreamed about ever since we first started planning our move to Scotland, and it did not disappoint.
We had shockingly good weather, as everyone we met pointed out, It’s such a perfect day for a walk!
The whole outing was impossibly idyllic. Truly. Following the river over heather covered hills and such.
The days are still long, so after we pitched our tent, we were able to read until late, enjoying our little corner of lovely.
The next morning, we hiked out in the most beautiful light.
I love morning in the mountains. The way the sun comes up and the hills gradually turn golden in the light is dreamy to me. We hiked from shadow to sunlight and back into shadow again.
I never get tired of it.
We didn’t bring anything for cooking, since it was such a short trip, so we searched out coffee in Ballatar. We were glad to find it at this little place called The Bothy, which we quite enjoyed.
We took our time drinking coffee and eating scones. We planned our drive home to make a couple more stops, one at Crathes Castle, which we loved!
And now that we’ve got our camping gear used to the Scottish soil, I hope it won’t be too long before we venture back out again. This time with the kids!