Friday, 25 July 2014

Scotland: Final Day

Hey guys!

Bad news is: I'm home from Scotland *sobs*

Good news is: We spent the entire day avoiding coming home by getting up to several interesting things meaning this last post isn't going to be a boring one! *cheers*

This morning we had to be out of our beautiful lodge at 10am, so we prompty (if slightly forlornly) left and headed to The Birks O' Aberfeldy just down the road. Robert Burns wrote a poem dedicated to this beautiful place and it's not hard to see why! Of course, yet again we couldn't resist climbing down to the riverside and getting our feet all wet from clambering over the rocks in the river and, in my case, falling in several times!

Robert Burns and I having a little moment to ourselves..

After we'd finished up here, we set off on a two hour journey to a lead mine en route home. This way it made the journey home seem much quicker and also gave us something to look forward to before going home. The lead mine itself was really interesting and it was so relieving to go underground for half an hour or so and get out of the baking heat of the midday sun! The mine was set in a secluded, lonely little village that, if  I'm honest, was a little bit creepy feeling. If it had been raining (like it usually is in Scotland when it's a heatwave-free summer), it would've been the most depressing, haunting place. Thankfully, the sunshine lightened it up a little!

After we'd explored and before we set off home, we had to finish our time in Scotland with the most Scottish of beverages: Irn Bru.

I hope you've enjoyed this little week of daily posts, I must admit I've enjoyed having the commitment  and purpose of writing this every day and I'm definitely going to post more frequently from now on! If you have any suggestions about content you'd like to see on What Katy Louise Did Next, comment below your ideas or pop me an email if you prefer! I'd love to hear about what you'd like to read from me!

Until next time, my dearest friends,

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Scotland: Day Seven

Today was the last full day of the holiday and good grief did we go out with a bang!

We did white water rafting this morning!! Bright blue skies, tree-lined river, refreshing water, alllll morning. SO MUCH FUN. I personally was very apprehensive as I haven't done anything this outdoorsy for a few years. My apprehension however dissipated almost instantly. It was an amazing experience, especially getting to jump out of the raft and swim in the river to cool down. I wanted to do it again straight after we finished and we've decided canyoning is definitely on the cards next time we have a chance to do anything like this!

After the rafting it was lunch time, so we peeled off the wetsuits, jumped in the car and found a pretty spot by Loch Tay to eat lunch and have a paddle. Finding little hidden things like that is one of my favourite things about exploring without a guide or a map.

Lunch eaten and paddling done, we headed further up river to Killin, a pretty little riverside village with the best opportunities to clamber over rocks around the river.

This holiday has been absolutely incredible. Tomorrow is technically still part of it, and we will be visiting a few places en route back to sunny Lancashire, and a post about it will still be going up, but the way home never feels like part of the holiday does it?

Until tomorrow,

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Scotland: Day Six

After publishing yesterday's post, Ryan and I went to watch the sun set behind the house which was absolutely amazing! Here are a few photo's that I didn't get chance to add last night.

Today has definitely been the best day yet: scorching sunshine, waterfall walks, paddling in and rowing a boat over the loveliest, tree-lined, mountain-surrounded loch. It's just been yet another day of absolute bliss. Warning: A LOT of photos coming up!

I am absolutely loving this Scottish sunshiney life, I could happily live here for the rest of time, going home on friday won't feel like going home at all. This has completely become my home and I am having the best time. Anyone who says you can't have a good time on a holiday in Britain (as a Brit) is a complete liar, because if you look hard enough, you'll find the gems we've found today.

If you fancy coming where I've been today, just check out Kenmore in Highland Perthshire, and I'm sure it'll be as welcoming to you as it's been to me!

See you tomorrow for the last full day of Scottish activities!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Scotland: Day Five

Hello again my loves! If you're still coming back every day to read these little excerpts of my life then I love you very much indeed.

Today we went to Scone Palace, the place that all Scottish kings were crowned (and also a place mentioned in Macbeth, so as you can imagine it was pretty exciting.. Just as exciting as driving past Birnam Wood or finding leaflets for Glamis Castle). Another beautiful palace, with more beautiful gardens, inc. a butterfly garden. We have been lucky enough to have wall to wall sunshine today and it has just been blissful. I'd absolutely recommend coming to Scone, it's just a wonderful place, each room of the palace is equipped with a very knowledgeable guide and it's a lovely place to just sit out and soak in the surroundings.

 See you tomorrow!!