A new Scotland blog – hmmm where to begin? Ok, here goes – I’m Samantha but I usually go by the name of Sam, Mrs G or Mum. I have a passion for exploring Scotland with my hubby Mr G. Our trusty, four-legged friend is rarely far from our side. He’s The Wee White Dug aka Casper, or Merrylegs Lord Toby to give him his posh name! But, shhh don’t let him know I’ve shared that hilarious little nugget with you! When our activities or destinations are deemed sufficiently interesting we’re also joined by our Daughter, The Teen.
But, back to the namesake of this blog Casper, the Wee White Dug. He’s a typical Westie – he’s naughty, loving, bolshy, funny, loud and a little bit crazy – sometimes all at once. He makes me laugh and I absolutely adore him – my hairy-faced baby and unashamed Mummy’s boy.
Why a blog? Well, my friends joke that Casper has a better social life than they do, as he’s always on the road exploring, exciting new places. I’ve been encouraged to document our travels and share our stories. So here I am dipping my toe tentatively into the water, and setting up this blog thingy so I can start sharing our 2016 Scottish adventures with you – whoever you may be.
A busy year ahead
If you love Scotland and wee dugs then buckle up and join us, as 2016 looks like it’s going to be a wonderful year. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the gems we’ll be sharing:
- We’ll be visiting the Moray coast, which is a great place to spot dolphins and watch the Aurora Borealis dance
- The stunning Isle of Mull, a wildlife lovers dream and home to the insanely pretty town of Tobermory with its brightly painted houses
- After a trip to NYC, the city that never sleeps we’ll recharge our batteries and unwind in Assynt, famed for its magical mountains
- In Ardnamurchan we’ll explore long winding roads and remote lighthouses
- Using the harbour town of Mallaig as a base, we’ll stroll on some of Scotland’s finest beaches and go in search of a loch monster named Morag
Why a Scotland blog?
So what drives me (other than my lovely hubby Mr G, in his car which now has more mileage than a space shuttle thanks to my wanderlust) to spend all of my spare time on the road exploring Scotland?
I’m hugely passionate about all things Scottish and am fascinated by the language, customs, myths, literature and history of my country. I think it’s vitally important that they’re shared in order to protect and preserve them for future generations to enjoy. My blog will be peppered with all of the above but with a generous dollop of history, as I’m a history geek and proud!
A fond look back at 2015
Before I start documenting 2016 I’d like to reflect on 2015. It’s a very Scottish thing to reflect as the year draws to a close. 2015 is a year I’ll remember fondly as one were I was lucky enough to enjoy some amazing trips.
The photo above was taken in August at Machrie Moor on the Isle of Arran. It’s somewhere I’d never visited before as I wasn’t sure it’d be my cup of tea, boy was I wrong! These ancient stones were out of this world. I was totally blown away by them and Casper seemed to love them too. We’ll definitely return to explore more of Arran soon.
The photo above was taken on one of several trips we took to Glencoe at the beginning of 2015. Glencoe is spectacular, and that little cottage is a firm favourite with photographers. It’s a place so naturally beautiful it often looks surreal. We prefer to visit in the winter months when it’s quieter and more often than not dusted with snow.
I love the wild deer which are a permanent fixture outside the Kings House Hotel. Although wild, they’re greedy and can be hand fed. I take them oatcakes which they gratefully devour in record time. They’re mercenary though, and will even kick their young as they compete with each other for an oaty treat. I can never leave until I know they’ve all eaten something, so it often turns into a bit of a marathon feeding session. Why oatcakes you might ask? Well, I reckon oatcakes are a reasonably healthy snack and won’t lead to an obesity epidemic amongst the Scottish deer population.
The photo above is of one of Scotland’s most instantly recognisable castles, Eilean Donan. It was taken in April en-route to Harris and Lewis. We were lucky that day, as the sky was bright blue and the water reflected beautifully. I can never pass Eilean Donan without stopping to admire it. I attempted to set Casper up for a photo here but he was having none of it. Photos of Casper generally involve a lot of pleading, coaxing and bribing with beefy treats!
I met this guy at Uig on the Isle of Lewis, where the famous Lewis Chessmen were discovered on the beach. Their expressions are really comical. There are a few pieces in the National Museums of Scotland here in Edinburgh, which incidentally is my home. Not the museum though, Edinburgh the city with the medieval castle on a rock in the centre of town.
Anyway, this was meant to be a quick intro to my new blog. You’ve probably realised by now that I’m a blether (Scots for likes to talk – A LOT!) and here I am still waffling on despite having set the scene for this blog a good couple of hundred words ago!
I really hope that you’ll enjoy journeying with The Wee White Dug and I, as we embark on a wonderful Scottish adventure to share the best bits with you here in this new Scottish travel blog.
Until next time ………