Faroe Islands – to go or not to go.

I’ve been looking into holidays recently (more like constantly), with the aim of going somewhere wild and adventurous.

The Faroe Islands kept cropping up in my searches, but I have a dilemma. The scenery and landscapes look right up our street, but I can’t help be put off by the annual dolphin killings – do I just write it off as a cultural quirk, or avoid going to an otherwise perfect destination because of my own morals and beliefs?

Help!

 

Holiday Thoughts

I think I do this on a yearly basis…spend a lot of my time day dreaming and wanderlusting over possible holiday destinations, none of which tend to come to fruition.

This year’s current obsession of choice (among others) is Scotland’s North Coast 500.

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After weeks of becoming gradually more infatuated with this route, Instagram stalking and compulsive pin saving on Pinterest, I think I have finally come to the conclusion that we simply MUST get up into the Scottish Highlands this summer. Johan has just come back from a trip to the Highlands and Islands (…I’m not jealous at all…) which he will be sharing with you over the next few days, and some of the photos that he’s shown me are simply epic.

I’ve been desperate to get up to the north of Scotland and mooch about on the islands, visit Skye and generally wander around the rugged landscapes that are on offer there, and so I think this summer is the time to actually realise my dream!

Be prepared for a run of posts detailing plans, maps and wishlists…!

A mini birthday escape

It was my birthday last Saturday, and so Johan and I escaped up to Scotland for a long weekend of relaxed celebrations. Due to his competing in the OMM 2015, Johan was entered into a prize draw to win a stay at the Hearthstanes Estate  self catering cottages. Luckily, his name was drawn out of the hat (so to speak), he’s so jammy! And so, we used the opportunity for a birthday getaway.

We had planned on getting out as much as possible and exploring the local area in more detail, rather than running around the place as Johan had previously done. We bought the relevant maps and packed an assortment of outdoor gear, ready to hit the surrounding hills and trails. However, I soon learnt that I was in dire need of a rest and so my mind and body decided to shut down and demand that I take things easy. Patchy internet access and lack of a TV allowed us to embrace the peace and quiet, and so we read and chilled out in our lovely little 1-bed cottage. It was so cosy and comfortable, and I found myself drifting off into naps periodically – I must have needed it!

We did go for a couple of wanders around the valley surrounding the estate and enjoyed a nighttime romp up a hill opposite our accommodation.

On the way home, we took a drive through the Tweedsmuir Hills and gawped at the snow-capped mountains; it was truly beautiful. I would definitely recommend staying in the cottages at Hearthstanes, especially if you are looking for a ‘getting away from it all’ break.