Skye ⇒ Glenfinnan ⇒ Glencoe ⇒ Aberdeen.

dsc_0414dsc_0415dsc_0423dsc_0425When we woke up on Friday the weather was gloomy. I would almost say FINALLY, because the show we had witnessed the days prior just did not feel like the ~authentic~ Scotland – plus, don’t the landscapes look way cooler with those dark clouds hovering over them? I think YES. The greens greener and the blues bluer.
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It was time to hit the road again, this time driving down to Glencoe. So rather than leaving Skye the same way we arrived, via the bridge i.e., we wanted to take the ferry over to the mainland. We were lucky though, had it not been for a bus that had cancelled its spot on the ferry we would have to wait about 4hrs for the next available slot. So → piece of advice if you want to cross the water by ferry, call to book in advance!
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By mere coincidence, we crossed this church in Glenfinnan, tried the door and it was open. And empty. You could only hear the wind travelling through the stone walls.
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The interiors were really quite stunning.

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What we were really looking for in Glenfinnan was this viaduct though — RECOGNIZE IT ANYONE??
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As it turned out we probably did not choose the best viewpoint viaduct-wise, but nonetheless we chose the one with fewer tourists – and that’s always something!
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Really we were meant to spend one night in Glencoe before driving back home on the Saturday, but after trying just about every road + friendly passer-by’s we simply could NOT find our hostel. Nor did we have any number to call for directions.

J jokingly said “maybe we should just drive back to Aberdeen”.
Me, longing for a cooked meal and a warm shower, took that joke a bit too seriously and we were soon on our way back to Aberdeenshire.


More posts from our road trip: 
→ Aberdeen ⇒ Inverness.
→ Inverness ⇒ Fort Augustus ⇒ Eilean Donan
→ Isle of Skye, Day 1: Fairy pools & Highlanders.
→ Isle of Skye, Day 2: The Old Man of Storr & black sand dunes.

Pasta al Pomodoro & Vegan T*na.

The geniuses behind Green Kitchen Stories strikes again. I crossed this recipe the other week via Flora; and I was well intrigued when I read one can veganize tuna using… *drum roll*… SUNFLOWER SEEDS! 
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And you know what, it tastes ridiculously much like the real deal! The trick is to soak the kernels for at least 6 hours, and once mixed up (with nori and capers and shallots to name a few featuring stars of the recipe) you get a tuna-like texture that tastes like the sea. Ish.

You can eat it straight as it is, or like in this case (where I’ve followed GKS-recipe slavishly) enjoy it in a pomodoro- (aka italian-for-tomato-) sauce.
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I do feel like this phenomena is worthy of a catchy and cool abbreviation, like… veguna? (vegan-tuna) Suna? (sunflower-tuna) or just plain t*na (like tuna but without the environmental devastation included)

(… yes, I may have given this waaaay too much thought.)
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Check out the original recipe here and leave the fish swimming freely in the sea :’) xx

Isle of Skye, Day 2: The Old Man of Storr & black sand dunes.

DSC_0319DSC_0232DSC_0237In the car again (which, yes, I guess is pretty mandatory seeing as this IS the documentation of a road trip) we headed towards Portree, on the coffee hunt. (The instant stuff often found in hostels does not count/deserve to be titled “coffee”, in my humble opinion…)
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After the mornings first cuppa, we had a peek at the harbour and nicked some wild blackberries.
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But the real destination for the morning was the Old Man of Storr; the large pinnacle you can see to the right.
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The views from the hike up the hill were just stunning. Look at all that blue!
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Voila! We did not make it all the way to the top; instead we laid down in the grass for a while, seeking shelter from the light winds and just enjoyed the landscape.

 

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The rest of the afternoon we drove around the northern part of the isle, had coffee under sizzling sun in Dunvegan before driving back towards “our” part of the isle.
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Final stop before dinner was Talisker Bay. 
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I was well intrigued by the black (???) sand dunes.
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We ended the evening with a meal and a pint at The Old Inn in Carbost; they even had a vegan curry!!! (That I downed in like 7 minutes tops. So hungry from all the fresh air!)


More posts from our road trip:
→ Aberdeen ⇒ Inverness.
→ Inverness ⇒ Fort Augustus ⇒ Eilean Donan
→ Isle of Skye, Day 1: Fairy pools & Highlanders.

Isle of Skye, Day 1: Fairy pools & Highlanders.

DSC_0125Once on Skye, we (lol, rather I*) decided that we should ∼SEIZE THE DAY∼ before checking into our hostel of the evening. So off to the Fairy Pools we went.
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Clearly that was by no means an original idea, as we were seemingly joined by the rest of Scotland’s tourists… Oh well!

{Also note the difference of the sky here! One direction vs the other.}
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We stated that the pools looked way cooler on pinterest… (possibly reached a lower score because of the crowd of tourists there.)
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On the way back however, we encountered these fellas. Highland cows! SO HAIRY! SO CUTE!
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They weren’t really up for posing though… *given the cold shoulder*
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Our hostel for the following days was probably one of the best ones I ever stayed. The Skyewalker Hostel.

Not ONLY because no one loves a pun more than I (and this place that’s pretty much themed on one?! DREAMY!), but it was also by far the most well-equipped one I have ever been to. Plenty of kitchen utensils, music instruments, books and *drum-roll*… trust-worthy showers!
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To top things off, they also had this massive ball of a glasshouse out in the garden. Imagine lying there on a starry night. Safe from the mosquitoes. :’)
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The kitchen wall had a slogan suitable for this blog – or what do you say?😉


More from our road trip: 
→ Aberdeen ⇒ Inverness.
→ Inverness ⇒ Fort Augustus ⇒ Eilean Donan

DIY Wire Noticeboard.

IMG_5407A while back I announced how I am trying to revamp our little rental space by using little to no means of money – so the other week I made this wire noticeboard to adorn the writing table. All for a grand total of £8.48, the most expensive part being the spray paint.

The base itself comes straight out of our garden. We have three of these standing around unused, so I figured one could might as well move inside. However, you may also purchase some wire cloth and then cut it into an appropriate size. This is well lighter and thus allows you to hang it on the wall like an ordinary notice board, if you would wish to.

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HOW TO: 

1. I started off by cleaning the grid using a sponge and some soapy water.
2. Make sure the ground is covered, you can use a bunch of old paper cartons or plastic bags. I stayed out in the garden doing this to prevent staining (and odor, although I do love the scent of spray paint!)
3. Once the grid had dried and ground was covered – I sprayed a first thin layer of paint all over it + one side of my pins that were originally in all neon colours of the rainbow. I then left the paint to dry for 45ish minutes, before applying a second coat of paint.
4. I waited another couple of hours to bring the grid inside, leaving it on plastic bags to be absolutely sure it was dry before starting to decorate.
5. Go crazy with pins! And light bulbs!

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Inverness ⇒ Fort Augustus ⇒ Eilean Donan

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DSC_0124After a purchase of the largest coffees to be found in Inverness and some arguing over the non-working GPS (aka YOURS TRULY!) we were on our way towards Isle of Skye. 

In order to get there, we drove around Loch Ness the non-touristic route (which was in fact not the fault of the GPS) meaning a really narrow single track road covered in greenery; passing by graveyards, fishing boats and fairy-tale like forests. One had to drive quite slowly, both A) for the sake of passing cars but also B) to imbibe the nature.

Just before reaching the bridge to Skye, we made a stop by Eilean Donan Castle. It is located where three lochs meet, a pretty scenic location i.e, and therefore one of the most photographed castles in the world. Unusually, Scotland was treating us to a real fine day of sun – so I can only imagine how epic that building must look on a gloomy day with heavy clouds and mist surrounding it.

Aberdeen ⇒ Inverness.

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After a rather stressful morning of crossing town THREE times to get all the documents in order to pick up our rental car, we were on the road around noon to start our drive up towards Inverness.DSC_0003
DSC_0004We stopped along the A96 in Keith to visit the Strathisla distillery. Now I am not overly intrigued of such places, but J had made a good choice (if it were up to him we’d have stopped at just about every distillery we crossed… which were PLENTY!) with Strathisla, as it is the oldest distillery still operating in Scotland and thus lacks that almost industrial feel you get from more modern complexes.

The tour was about £7.50pp and lasted for an hour, including a little whisky tasting at the end (or you can purchase a driver’s set if you are behind the wheel.)

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Once in the highland capital, we literally made it around the city center before the rain started pissing down. This brought us into conversation with an elderly local who tagged along on a little pub crawl. First stop was the Castle Tavern, then on to the Market Bar (regarded as a bit of a hidden gem of the city – a teeny tiny pub in all wooden decor) and finally to Hootananny in time for a live session of traditional Scottish music. DSC_0028 When we rolled out of town the following day, the sun stood bright in the sky yet the chilly august air was indicating autumn’s return. We drove along Loch Ness, onto Eilean Donan Castle and finally to Isle of Skye where we’d spend the next couple of days — but that will be a post for another time.