After finding out my families roots lay in the Scottish Highlands, we decided to take the kids on a staycation / roadtrip and went up North for a week at the end of July to coincide with the little ones birthdays (they turned 3 and 6).
We stayed at Grannies Helian Hame in Embo and visited the Rogie Falls at Loch Garve, Fodderty, Kiltearn, Latheron, Duncasby Head, John o Groats, Thurso and Wick to name but a few places.
We also spent some time in Inverness and Dingwall and stopped off on Perthshire on the way home.
Here’s a few of the highlights (sorry about the photography, it’s one skill I have not mastered).
Rather than making the trip all about me and research, we decide to stay at a caravan park which is the first time for me in a long time and a first for the kids. I am glad we did the kids loved it and we were pleasantly surprised by not only the accommodation and facilities but the fact our caravan was practically on the beach with amazing views and the sound of the sea.
The Scottish weather was typical in that even though it was summer and relatively warm, it was wet and cloudy.
That didn’t stop us on having fun on our mini tour with the only complaint being there was not enough time to see and do everything we wanted.
No trip to Inverness is complete without a visit to Loch Ness to see Nessie and as a bonus we got to spend time with Aunt Betty.
Of course we had to stop by Tulloch Castle and the obligtory stop at John o Groats. John O Groats is only a tiny village but the must see thing, in that area is got to be Dunscaby Head (the photos don’t do it justice).
On the way back home we stopped at the Highland Folk Musuem in Newtonmore, Perthshire, which is really worth a visit.
Not only do you get some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, there is so much to see and do in the Scottish Highlands you really need to visit yourself.
Our next scheduled holiday is chasing some of the illusive sunshine we Scots seems to miss out on, although we are already planning our next trip to the Highlands.
The only thing Scotland is missing is consistent sunshine, but then again if we had that as well everyone would want to live here.