This will be a bit of a Throwback Thursday post from our short break to the Trossachs National Park last summer. Our friends drove up from London the last weekend in July, and as we thought it would be nice for them to see something else than ‘just’ Edinburgh, we decided to stay in a caravan at the hotel we stayed in for my 30th birthday. So after a night with dinner in the sun followed by some stand-up comedy in Edinburgh we got up earlyish the following day and started driving north.
The luxury boutique hotel Matthew and I stayed in last year, Monachyle Mhor, also has a cute, refurbished (and cheaper) caravan on their grounds that they rent out – which fits 4 people, perfect!
Welcome drinks outside the hotel. I’m in my 11th week here, so not many people knew about the pregnancy yet – although I do look quite bloated around my belly already…
We were so lucky with the weather, 25 degrees and mostly sunny and still – amazing for taking photos of reflections in lochs!
And more reflections…
We found a rotting sheep on the shore, and another one the following day. Seems like that happens quite often 🙁
We tried to find the trail we’d been recommended at the hotel, but as usual, we picked the wrong one. Worth the walk though!
We had lunch at the stream we managed to get down to by the walking path. It was nice to cool down with the crystal clear water!
After our sweaty walk we decided the try a game of boules (don’t think we ever agreed on how to pronounce it or what the rules actually were…) – fun! If you look closely, you’ll see that I’m not even holding a ball, just posing 🙂
We decided to have dinner at Mhor 84, a nearby motel and restaurant by the same owners as Monachyle Mhor. Not sure why these two are looking so serious…
After pointing that out I had to take another photo – better!
There are definitely some sunburnt faces going on here!
We all had burgers, veggie haggis for the veggies and meat for Matthew. As if we weren’t bursting yet, we had to try the massive meringues – resulting in aching bellies….But it was tasty!
After dinner we drove back to our little caravan for a wee drink by the fire.
Some couple-photography the following morning.
The boys were brave enough to go for a swim in the loch ( they did actually go further than that).
On the field next to the loch we found this installation by some uni students where you can go and think – or take confusing photos 🙂
Perfectly timed jump by a very talented photographer.
There’s a tiny man on the dragon’s head. We decided to do another walk, which started from the church where Rob Roy (a Scottish Robin Hood) is said to be buried. We climbed up to a viewpoint where clan gatherings used to take place.
The view was so worth the trek!
Great mini getaway with great people!
x Nina x