ScotlandAfter six weeks away on holiday, I’m finally home. I’ve had the most wonderful time in Scotland and England and think I actually left a little bit of my heart in that part of the world (Scotland).

Urquhart Castle, Scotland

It was the first time I’d ever visited and I was absolutely blown away by the place. It’s mind-blowingly beautiful – a bit like a smaller version of Canada (our other favourite place).

Holyrood Palace, Scotland

During the first week, we started at Inverness and then took in the sights of the west coast, spending New Year’s Eve in pure style at the Sheildaig Lodge which was absolutely incredible – like something out of an Agatha Christie novel (see Instagram, below). It was amazing.

Urquhart Castle, Scotland

We’ve visited castles, mountains (Ben Nevis too!), distilleries, and much more. Our second week was spent in a holiday cottage (a converted barn) in the lovely town of Auchterarder, perfectly situated an hour from Edinburgh or Glasgow, or closer to home, the lovely towns of Crieff and the city of Stirling. I could quite easily have stayed there for good. We even had good weather! Shocking right?

Highland Cows, Scotland


Edinburgh was a definite highlight for me. We actually spent our very first night in Scotland there, but didn’t venture far from the B&B except to grab a bite to eat at a nearby restaurant. We returned for the day whilst staying at the Auchterarder cottage and loved it so much that we added a couple of extra nights to the end of our holiday! The Old Town, Edinburgh castle, the Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace were just some of the stunning places we took in. It really was a treat. We’d love to return in the summer and see the tattoo though.


We travelled all over the place during our holiday, visiting friends and family. Sadly, we weren’t able to see some of them this time round. But that’s a difficult aspect of being an expat – whenever we visit the UK, we end up spending so much time visiting so many people that we run out of time. I wish it were different though.


You might have seen some of my photos on Instagram while I was away, but if not I’ll share some of them here…

Recognise what’s in the background? #harrypotterforever

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Edinburgh…I fell in love with you ❤

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Ooooh this looks like fun! Perhaps on our next visit to Edinburgh ?.

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I love this photo hubby took whilst in Scotland. The snow twinkling in the dappled sunlight is beautiful ❤

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Having a peak at Edinburgh’s oldest building, the little chapel at Edinburgh Castle.

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Isn’t he gorgeous?! He guards part of Edinburgh castle…I could just imagine him coming to life ?

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Beautiful Scottish snow…

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Yay!! Snow ?

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I found me an elephant ? #havingfuninhamleys

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This lovely lassie is our neighbour at the farm we’re currently staying at in Scotland. Isn’t she beautiful? ?

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When in Scotland…. try the haggis! I’ve got that box ticked now ?.

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It was pretty chilly on the beach at Red Point today!!

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Not Dressed as Lamb

  • Looks and sounds absolutely incredible. i want to go!


    • Mary, you really should!! It’s amazing! Thank you for stopping by.
      Suzy xx

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Oh Suzy! How spectacular! Scotland is on mine and my husbands bucket list and I cannot wait to show him this post! You both look lovely! My favorite picture is the one with the elephant. So much beauty to behold and I’m so glad you had a wonderful time! May you settle into Home and May 2017 treat you with love and happiness!

    • Thank you so much Andrea! You would absolutely adore Scotland, I just know it. It’s perhaps my most favourite place in the world now. And the people are wonderful too. The only downside is the cold, but then it wasn’t even that cold when we were there!
      Suzy xxx

  • Elizabeth Seckman

    I want to go there! Such a beautiful place!

    • It’s absolutely fabulous, Elizabeth! I’m sure you’d love it too!
      Suzy xx

  • jess

    Suzy, this looks amazing! I would love to visit Scotland and see the sights. The castles.. Looks like you had a fantastic time making the most out of sightseeing. You will have great memories.
    stop by when you can
    jess xx

    • You’re right, Jess. I have very fond memories of the place. We can’t wait to go back there. Luckily, it’s only a relatively short flight from Portugal!
      Suzy xx

  • Some fab photos here Suzy. I loved Scotland too. It’s so picturesque! What I really loved about it was the fact you could drive the country roads and not pass another car for ages. The road all to myself is bliss compared to London! x

    • Laurie, that’s just one of the many things we really loved about the place too. It’s a pleasure to drive there, right?! I can’t wait to go back some time… hopefully soon!
      Suzy xx