Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Where to stay in Scotland



HELLO EVERYONE!

So this is my last Scotland post and I am just going to give you all a quick run down of all the places that we stayed during our Scottish Road trip. 



 - THE TROSSACHS -


As we visited the Trossachs twice on our road trip, at the start and end, so we stayed in two different campsites. 

Loch Chon 
This campsite was the first and bigger of the two we stayed in. We stayed in pitch one and this was the most secluded. It is right on Loch Chon, in the middle of the woodland with beautiful mountain views. It is a very basic campsite but boy is it beautiful. The only facilities are toilets, so if you are the kind of person that can't go for a quick dip in a Loch for a bath then this kind of campsite probably isn't for you. This campsite is not too far in the car from Aberfoyle, there are a good few shops, fish and chips and pubs here!
More information about prices and booking here!

Loch Lubnaig 
Loch Lubnaig was the last campsite we stayed in Scotland and was my favourite out of the two campsites we stayed at in the Trossachs. It is much smaller than Loch Chon and our pitch was literally on the Loch which was absolutely gorgeous. Each pitch comes with a picnic bench and a fire pit, which was great and the sight itself had toilets, a washing up station and a cafe, which serves the best breakfast and coffee! Again no showers here. The staff were also very lovely! This campsite is also not all too far in the car from Callander, a lovely little town!
More information about prices and booking here!



- THE CAIRNGORMS -



We stayed in the Cairngorms for 4 nights in a lovely place called The Lazy Duck. The Lazy Duck is a complex, in Nethy Bridge, made up a camping, a hostel and three cabins. All beautifully put together and made with eco-friendliness at the heart of everything. We stayed in The Woodman's Hut. It was the coolest quickest place I have ever stayed, decked out beautifully inside with a balcony overlooking the Cairngorm mountains. The Woodman's Hut is the most secluded, it is the furthest into the forrest complex that the Lazy Duck is situated on. A few quirks of the place involved a compost toilet, an outdoor rainwater shower, stream fridge, a hammock and a traditional highland box bed with a roof window to look at the stars (or birds)! It was the cosiest place I have stayed and could not recommend this place enough!
More information about this quirky little place here!














- ISLE OF SKYE -



After the Cairngorms we went onto the Isle of Skye and stayed at Glenbrittle Campsite, This site had showers... woo! It was a gorgeous location, right on the beach which we took full advantage of one evening and had a BBQ on the beach. The site also has a cafe, fresh pastries are delivered there daily!  One piece of advice would be, watch out for the potholes on the drive up to the campsite! From here Portree, one of the main towns on the island was about a 20 minute drive and also the Fairy Pools are really close, about a 12 minute drive!
More information can be found here!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Letting go of toxic people


HELLO EVERYONE.

 'When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth just like you did.' - Jill Blakeway 

Two years ago I became friends with a toxic person and coming across this today made me realise how much I have learnt from being around a person like this. 
I am now at the stage where I am completely indifferent to this person and feel like I would like to truly let go by letting it all out here.
A couple of years ago I made friends with someone who at the time I thought was lovely. They were fun to be around and always had the time of day for me. However it slowly became apparent that this person wanted to spend every waking hour with me, ringing me constantly, texting, coming round to my house unannounced. It was too much.
This all got too much when spending time with others became an issue. I got closer with other friends  and this was no okay for them. I slowly hated being around this friend, they bitched about others that I had got close with and couldn't understand when I turned down invitations to hang out because I had uni work to do. I am not a confrontational person and never wanted to say anything to upset this friend, I tried to make it really obvious that all of this behaviour was really getting me down, saying things like 'these people are my friends, you can't say those things to me'.
So naturally we weren't as close and didn't really hang out much anymore. To me this seemed a mutual understanding, but then the bitching happened. Friends I had made through this friend unfriended me on Facebook, blanked me in the street etc. I started to get very confused, what had they said to them, what kind of poisoned version of events had she been spreading. 
I was seeing their true colours and it disgusted me, I had gone from a sense of relief that I didn't have this unhealthy relationship in my life, to now dreading wondering which person she had poisoned now. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not at all a horrible person, I don't put people down or make them upset on purpose, it's just not me. It hurt me that these things were being said about me, I was constantly worrying what this friend was saying. 
In the end, it turned out the people that knew me that I actually cared about saw through the lies and actually said to me that the things being said were so far fetched and pathetic that they knew the things said weren't true. 
Now all of this is over and I am so glad that this person is no longer in my life, I still see them around but I am the bigger person, I smile, but I would never give them the time of day again, it's never more than a 'hi'. I need it to be that way as they have tried more than once to patch things up.

I just wanted to share some things that would have helped me or did in fact help me at the time when dealing with this toxic person:

TIPS FOR DEALING WITH TOXIC PEOPLE


1. Call out the obsessive behaviour straight away. If they start behaving this was towards you, point it out to them.

2. Walk away sooner rather than later, perhaps me being more honest with myself and her and saying that this friendship is not going to work might have prevented the bitching in the end. But me being me and trying to see the good in people, I genuinely wanted the friendship to work at the time.

3. Rise above the poison they spread. The lies bothered me at the time but now I think do you know what, you did me a favour, you got rid of those fickle people for me, so thanks. 

4. Talk to people you trust about your situation. Thankfully my other friends aren't bitchy and helped me realise from an outside perspective how toxic her behaviour was, having people with an unbiased point of view can be really helpful.

5. Breathe, smile and be thankful you are not them. (This one might seem small, and maybe you are thinking pathetic? It really isn't, you know in yourself that you are not this malicious, obsessive person. I had actually witnessed them from an outside perspective lose friends since, it didn't give me any satisfaction, it actually made me feel sorry for them, that they hadn't learnt at all. 


Saturday, 12 August 2017

Trossachs




 THE TROSSACHS

Another area that we visited on our Scottish road trip in June was the Trossachs. We visited it on our way up on our trip and also coming back down. The campsites we stayed in were perfect, we stayed in both Loch Chon and Loch Lubnaig. Both times our pitches were right on the Loch's it was gorgeous. We even dropped on with the weather in Loch Lubnaig which was handy as they provide fire pits and picnic benches for each pitch. 
I am going to do a separate post of all the places we stayed in during our road trip and some tips and tricks for roadtrippin' in Scotland - so keep an eye out for that if you would like to know more about where to stay!

Things we got up to in The Trossachs:

1. Visted Loch Lomand - we even kayaked on the lake at Luss, which is something I would recommend doing, it was a lot of fun, you can hire out all of the equipment you need at Loch Lomond Leisure, Luss!
2. Went to Callander, a lovely little town with the best sweetie and ice cream shop - they even do Iron Bru slushie!
3. Fed the Highland Cows at Kilmahog, so just past the town of Callander is a woollen mill shop that has three beautiful Highland Cows in the field next to. For a quid you can buy a bag of fruit and veg and feed them, it was amazing, they are such gorgeous creatures! (Obviously, please don't feed the cows anything you have, it MUST be the food provided by the shop)
4. Aberfoyle is another cute little town, we got fish and chips there on the first night we were in Scotland!












Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Terracotta land



TERRACOTTA LAND
I have just come back from a week in Tuscany, Italy. It was such a perfect week and now I just can't wait to get back to Italy and explore even more of it's gorgeous country. We saw so much whilst we were there, I shall, as always do a blog post about where I went and how much gelato I ate!
This is an outfit shot in the little town where we stayed, notice the sneaky cycle shorts for all sorts of mishaps.
This dress is actually a poolside throw on but I popped a slip underneath and wore it as a dress, it kept me super cool! 
I did start the holiday wearing sandals but even walking around in Birkenstocks all day was just not comfy so I opted for my rainbow Rocket Dog trainers. I've not worn Rocket Dogs since I was about 14 and didn't think they were still going, until my mum surprised me with a pair she knew I would love! 

Dress: Primark
Shoes: Rocket Dog
Backpack: Kanken 

See you guys soon. x




Monday, 31 July 2017

Cairngorms



CAIRNGORMS 

Hello there!
As explained in the previous post I shall be doing a few little posts on the places I visited on my Scottish road trip in June. One of the places we visited was the Cairngorms. It was here that we stayed at The Lazy Duck, I feel like a should do a whole separate post on the place that we stayed because it was honestly one of the loveliest places I have ever had the pleasure of staying!
So The Lazy Duck consists of camping, hostel accommodation and three little eco-huts dotted about the site and woodland near Nethy Bridge in the Cairngorms. We stayed in the Woodmans Hut, this was the most secluded and the furthest into the woods. The hut was so perfect we didn't want to leave and had our next stop not have been Skye I don't think we would have found it as easy to leave. 
The staff and facilities there are awesome, you can hire out a hot tub and you can even buy duck eggs from the ducks that roam the site!
The hut was decorated perfectly, with the balance just right between cosy and having everything you need, one of the quirks of staying here is cooling your drinks in the little stream just 40 seconds from the hut! Every morning we would run down to the stream to get our milk and orange juice we had popped in the evening before!

So like before I thought I would give a brief list of some of the things we got up whilst in the Cairngorms...

1. Went for a swim in the little green loch (An Lochan Uaine). It was freezing but so bloody fun, people took photographs of us and watched us like we were total weirdos!
2. Visited Britain's only wild Reindeer herd. It was incredible, we even got to feed them, they are the loveliest of animals. 
3. Went for a walk up Meall a' Bhuachaille, it was a tough climb but o' so worth it! We even passed a cute little bothy which was nice!

In my next post I will talk about what I got up to in the Trossachs.
As usual, stay tuned. x

















 Our gorgeous hut 





 The view from our decking 













Friday, 28 July 2017

Isle of Skye



ISLE OF SKYE




In June me and my best friend went on a road trip around Scotland. One of the places we went to was the Isle of Skye, it was so beautiful so I just wanted to share with you guys some of the things we got up to there!


1. The first place we visited was one of the main towns, Portree, it's a gorgeous little town, nip down to the harbour to see the pretty colourful houses!
2. We visited Kilt Rock, a rock that is said to resemble a kilt, hence the name!
3. Talisker beach is an awesome grey sandy beach on Skye, we made friends with a few peacocks where we parked, we couldn't decide if they wanted to attack us or jump in the car!
4. We attempted to climb up to the old man of Storr, unfortunately the weather was against us and we had to climb back down as at one point we couldn't even see the path ahead - we shall return and visit it next time though!
5. We visited Neist Point Lighthouse. It was amazing but so strange! There are lots of little cottages situated around the lighthouse that look like they are abandoned, but inside the kitchen tiles are gleaming and the beds are made! Definitely worth a visit, it is ever so interesting!
6. One of my favourite things we did on Skye was visit the coral beach Claigan. It is now one of my favourite beaches I have ever visited and I can't wait to return. It was also one of the strangest beaches I have ever been to, whilst standing on the white sands on one side in the sea were cheeky seals bobbing up and down in the water and on the other side on the grass verge were lots of cows walking down onto the sands - it was amazing!
7. Take a boat trip from Elgol - the people who run the boat trips are really lovely and it was interesting to learn about the other islands near by, I would love to visit Eigg one day, it sounds beautiful!
8. The fairy pools were a beautiful place to visit and would highly recommend climbing down to see the series of beautiful waterfalls and pools!

There will be more blog posts to follow on the other beautiful places we visited on our trip!
Stay Tuned. x


CLAIGAN CORAL BEACH











PORTREE







NEIST POINT LIGHTHOUSE