S1, Ep 10: Scotland Part 1: You Really Should Have Told Me
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.
The drive up through the highlands to Glencoe and over to the Isle of Skye
Portree, Isle of Skye
Castle Dunvegan - the seat of the MacLeods - on the Isle of Skye
Broadford, Isle of Skye
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!