To add on to the list as to why Scotland is a great place to visit (yes, it’s in Lonely Planet‘s Best in Travel 2014 – Top 10 Countries), is its beautiful Lochs (lakes). You must have heard of Loch Ness where the infamous Loch Ness monster is supposed to be hiding and then there is Loch Lomond.
I was warned of a nippy weather in Scotland, but lo and behold, God was good and gave me a smiling sun and blue skies! We were in Glasgow for a friend’s wedding and decided to stay a bit longer to see a bit of the place.
We stayed in Mar Hall which is an amazing estate – I would like to think of it as like living in a castle, I am dreamy like that! It’s a first for me staying in such a luxurious place as well. No a/c needed as you can just open the window for FRESH air (not too wide though – you don’t want the February breeze to freeze you during the night), and during the day you can breathe in the crisp, cold air and enjoy the chirping of the birds nearby. The place has that old, antique feeling to it. Totally marvelous.
Day after the wedding we went to Balloch which was at the foot of Loch Lomond. It is a quaint little village with few shops and the gateway to the Loch and the Trossachs National Park. Here we got on a boat that took us around the lake. From the boat you can see the beautiful beaches and different estates on the shore. One was rumored to be a favorite of Sean Connery (he’s Scottish, if you don’t know). One island was also a favourite of the ‘naturists’ or nudists but luck was not on our side that day as we failed to spot one.
Also in Balloch I have seen my first castle – a legit castle albeit really tiny. The Balloch Castle is located in the Balloch Country Park. We were blessed to have a lovely afternoon and a fairly warm (still cold for me!) weather. It’s quite a nice, picturesque date for G and I.
It was a great time to be in Glasgow that day. 🙂
- Scotland is named one of the top countries to visit in 2014, according to the Lonely Planet guide (dailyrecord.co.uk)
- Loch Lomond – Balloch, United Kingdom (travelpod.com)
- 500 photos – a campsite sunset (500adventures.wordpress.com)