S1, Ep 10: Scotland Part 1: You Really Should Have Told Me

 
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Annabelle and Gillian travel to Scotland and, after a couple of days in Edinburgh, they head to the Isle of Skye in search of Annie's ancestral roots. They don't have much luck finding the McDonald laird, but they do meet some other fierce Scots along the way.

 


Edinburgh

 A Scotsman in Edinburgh

A Scotsman in Edinburgh

 The light, the painted doors, the stone buildings, the fact that you needed a heavy blanket on your bed in the height of summer - everything about Edinburgh was charming. Could have stayed for months.

The light, the painted doors, the stone buildings, the fact that you needed a heavy blanket on your bed in the height of summer - everything about Edinburgh was charming. Could have stayed for months.

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 Our AirBnB in New Town, Edinburgh - complete with a Eucalyptus out the front. Here is the  link  just in case you want to book it.

Our AirBnB in New Town, Edinburgh - complete with a Eucalyptus out the front. Here is the link just in case you want to book it.

 Our AirBnB in New Town, Edinburgh - here is the  link  just in case you want to book it.

Our AirBnB in New Town, Edinburgh - here is the link just in case you want to book it.

 Dark green paint plus the Scottish stone = dream colour palette for life.

Dark green paint plus the Scottish stone = dream colour palette for life.

 A very happy Gillian in the bar of The Balmoral Hotel

A very happy Gillian in the bar of The Balmoral Hotel

 A nook in the cafe Cowan & Sons in Stockbridge

A nook in the cafe Cowan & Sons in Stockbridge

 In a parallel universe I live here and I'm just packing my bag to jump in the wagon and head up to the highlands for a weekend in my castle.

In a parallel universe I live here and I'm just packing my bag to jump in the wagon and head up to the highlands for a weekend in my castle.

 Scotch eggs perfection at the Stockbridge markets on Sunday morning

Scotch eggs perfection at the Stockbridge markets on Sunday morning

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 Alecia Woods - an Aussie in Edinburgh

Alecia Woods - an Aussie in Edinburgh

 Twelve Triangles bakery

Twelve Triangles bakery

 Annabelle and Gillian - thanks for the pic Alecia.

Annabelle and Gillian - thanks for the pic Alecia.

The drive up through the highlands to Glencoe and over to the Isle of Skye

 The road trip up to the highlands

The road trip up to the highlands

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Glencoe

 
 
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Glencoe

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Glencoe

 Glencoe

Glencoe

 Glencoe

Glencoe

 Glencoe

Glencoe

 Eilean Donan, a 13th century Castle near Kyle of Lochalsh

Eilean Donan, a 13th century Castle near Kyle of Lochalsh

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Dornie

Portree, Isle of Skye

 Portree

Portree

 Portree

Portree

 Portree

Portree

Castle Dunvegan - the seat of the MacLeods - on the Isle of Skye

 Castle Dunvegan

Castle Dunvegan

 Check out that flock wallpaper

Check out that flock wallpaper

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 A round flower arranging room off the main hall

A round flower arranging room off the main hall

 The gardens - damp and green and soft, with water everywhere. Completely opposite to what I'm used to at home.

The gardens - damp and green and soft, with water everywhere. Completely opposite to what I'm used to at home.

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Broadford, Isle of Skye

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 The beautiful Helena Emmans, an artist on the Isle of Skye

The beautiful Helena Emmans, an artist on the Isle of Skye

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Edinburgh

We stayed in New Town in a fabulous AirBnB.

We celebrated our first night in Scotland in the bar of The Balmoral Hotel - highly recommended. 

We spend a morning wandering around the streets of Stockbridge with Alecia Wood, an Aussie food writer who has recently moved to the city. She took us to a great cafe, Cowan & Sons, for breakfast and then to the Sunday morning Stockbridge markets where you bought some excellent Scotch eggs and a very pleasing Aran woollen cardigan.

And just before we headed out of town on our road trip, we fortuitously stumbled across this bakery. Excellent coffee, bread and pastries. 

 

Isle of Skye

I am not going to give you the link to murderous Chrissy's B&B. All I would suggest is that you book your accommodation in advance if you are visiting in the summer. And I'd skip Portree completely in the busy time. 

We met up with the utterly delightful artist Helena Emmans and walked along the wild, muted shoreline near her home in the Broadford area. You must check out the exquisite silver spoons she makes in her caravan-studio in her garden. She's on instagram @helenaemmansartist

Castle Dunvegan, with its beautiful interiors and garden, was a delight. 

Although I had been desperate to visit an Oyster shed where you can eat lobster and chips ever since Scottish artist Domenica More Gordon recommended it, the timing did not work out for Gillian and I to visit. Please visit for me!