Hello and welcome!
This is my first blog on Bagging Scotland, but its’ not to say its my first time ‘bagging’ as such but, technically as i have never recorded and have never felt the need to broadcast my ‘baggings’ before, it is i suppose.
The story goes as follows,
Pancake club had finished, over for another fortnight, just enough time to think up some new fillings for them. So while most of the members left, it left myself, Teacher Val and Mr. Ryan Smyth alone and thirsty for a post-pancake-club-pint.
The original bank holiday weekend plans were then shattered after a long discussion about Scotland and how beautiful it actually is, in the pub, The Lismore on Dumbarton Road to be precise. We each discussed and critically evaluated each different part of Scotland but, quite quickly found there wasn’t much in the way of ‘bad’ things to say about ANY part of Scotland. Apart from the obvious, the shitty weather. But you just learn to accept that fact.
So the first pint is sunken by now and we are well on our way to sinking the 2nd to which in pops my auntie Bibs (to my head not the pub). Kills 2 birds with one stone? hell yeah! See the north of Scotland AND see my auntie&co…perfect i thought, and Val was defo up for the trip, sadly Mr. Ryan Smyth already had plans with his Mrs. so he was oot the picture. Teacher Val was off bank holiday Monday too though… now by this point the idea was turning into a fairly substantial exploring holiday with the main objective to bag a man with a big boat for the day…
The adventure was beginning to shape up and it was only Tuesday!
By Thursday the adventure plans were complete. We had confirmed our place to stay (at Bibs’s) and sorted out petrol/spending money and the route to take etc… (you have to do this kind of planning when you have a teacher for a friend)
Friday morning, 8am, i’m packed and the flask of tea is made. Unfortunately the first stop we had to do was to Morrisons to get sandwich making materials.
Then we were on our way….
- Auchentoshan Distillery was our first stop… WHAT A PLACE!!
- Eilean Donan Castle… past it a million times before but never stopped before… was astounding!
- Cawdor Castle… a little out the way to where we were heading but we did it anyway, glad we did!
- Isle of Skye… is now officially BAGGED!
- Talisker Distillery …You will be blown away (because we were) at the size of it!
- Dunvegan Castle… its expensive to enter so if you dont want spend money, just enjoy the view, we did
- Castle Moil … it looks like a rotten tooth, but it was spot of emotional seeing it, even though it took us AGES to find out how to get to it.
And finally before we headed home we took a trip to Plockton…
- Duncraig Castle … if you aren’t blown away by the castle, you will be by Plockton itself. The cleanest and most relaxing town we came across with perfect views AND if you decide to go on the boat trip YOU GET ALL YOUR MONEY BACK IF YOU SEE NO SEALS! (and the scampi and chips were supreme!)
Then at 3.30pm we said our goodbyes and headed home, with a fresh flask of tea and a full belly from our fresh scampi and chips