Our last full day and we feel lucky! The sun is shining and while driving through the beautiful Cairngorm National park we realise that the heather starts to bloom, the roads are good and the air just feels so fresh!
Our first stop is the Dalwhinnie distillery. It’s on of the highest situated distilleries in Scotland and they make a smooth, gentle “everyday – every-time” whisky. Children under 8 are not allowed in but even if ours are old enough we wait outside in the sun while “hubby” has a tour and a taste! You don’t have to book your tour, just show up. They give tours every hour or so.
Finally, we arrive at fairytale castle Blair Castle in Blair Atholl and who else do we meet than HAMISH!! The kids are thrilled and even if the castle has beautiful gardens, a deer-pen, horse riding, an adventure playground, pipers who plays every day (be sure to get in time, we were 5 min. late) and of course the castle itself, Hamish and his two friends is more than enough!
If you do visit the castle be sure to take a tour inside to see the great rooms, the veapon display in the hall and don’t miss out what lies in the future for Hamish’s.. there are two of them up on the wall together with several deers etc.
The kids were not too happy!
After a long visit we stop for lunch at House of Bruar just down the road. This is an enormous shopping complex with Scottish food and knitted sweaters, wool clothes and kashmirs. If you are longing for the British aristocratic country-look with tweed and wool, this is the place to go. It’s crowded with people, mostly ladies 50+ but they serve ok food and the Scottish fudge is always a bargain! To get away from the shopaholics we walk the rather steep trail up towards the Falls of Bruar. It takes a good 15 minutes to the first part of the fall, twice as long to the top. It’s a nice walk and the scenery is pretty. We even find blueberries and feel like home! On our way back we meet a group of youngsters dressed in wet suites and climbing gear so we reckon they shall climb the falls. Check out the website for more info about this.
Last stop before we turn into our hotel in Glasgow is the Scottish Crannog Centre at Loch Tay. It’s rather interesting to see how people built houses on poles in the lochs during the iron-age but since we have reached our goal (Hamish) and the kids are tired we give it a quick glance and drive towards Glasgow.
The last night we stayed at the PremierInn City Centre (Charing Cross). The rooms were nice and clean,- and cheap! We booked three weeks in advance by internet and got the price of £45 per room ( a twin and a double with actually two extra beds. Rather short extras but fully ok for kids.) In the reception it said the rooms were £98 per night so I guess booking in advance by internett is the way to go. Breakfast was not that fun but the hotel is easily reached from the highway .
We were warned about heavy traffic because of the British Open but it took us a short 40 minutes to the airport. Prestwick has been renovated since I last visited it so our time were nicely spent at Starbucks and in the bookshop. Just remember, already two hours and 20 minutes before the flight left there were a queue to check in!
I hope you have enjoyed our familyadventure and please feel free to comment or ask questions. Scotland is great fun – for everybody! And Hamish is the cutest.
Cathrine with family!