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THE SCOTTISH ROAD TRIP

Before we even landed in Edinburgh, I discovered the Huji app. I downloaded it ages ago when I saw someone on Twitter mentioned it but never really played with it. Anyway, to say I became obsessed is an understatement. Also I hate when you see pics or cool effects on Instagram and have no idea how to make them, so if you are wondering – it’s the Huji app.

But that’s not what this post is about, nope today I am showing you all the pics from my trip to Scotland, including a mini (very much not sponsored) review of my car hire experience with Sixt.

To get up to auld reekie, we flew. City airport isn’t far from us and the extra for the flight was what we would spend to get out to any other airport. Like I said, we hired from Sixt. This was also the first time I’ve ever hired a car in the UK so was a wee bitty nervous because I’ve heard all of the horror stories. I used to go round taking pics of every car my parents ever rented.

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Hiring a car from Edinburgh airport

It was actually pretty painless though and that was with a few mishaps on our part too. We’d booked the car under my name as Greg was jetlagged so didn’t want him to drive but because I didn’t have a credit card, we had to change the booking on arrival. There was a wee huff from the guy but overall it seemed pretty alright.

We also forgot to get our DVLA number, something you have to get from the Sixt website, but again the guy did that for us really quickly. When we picked up the car, it was really clean and in perfect condition with a full tank of petrol so we didn’t need to bother about it all weekend.

On return, the gent who dealt with us couldn’t have been nicer. Gave it a quick once over, shook our hands and away we went. Overall, would probably hire with Sixt again and would definitely recommend to a friend.

The Edinburgh rush

Review over, I was going to make this a wee photo diary but my inner chatterbox couldn’t cope with not adding comment. To start the trip, we visited my grandparents, almost family-family (enter first puppy cuddle of the trip) and my parents in Edinburgh, then we were on the road again up to a wee village in Perthshire to see my sister and start the celebrations. 

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As you can imagine, the party went on late and the Sunday morning was spent sleeping and then lying at the bottom of my sisters garden catching up with everyone. I obviously left my phone inside for this family time because I’ve not seen everyone since Christmas and I wanted to really catch up. We also visited Greg’s gran in Blairegowrie before heading to another wee Perthshire village to see Greg’s parents. I spent the day pretty much phoneless apart from to get a wee snap of our Sunday prosecco to celebrate being on holiday.

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A day in St Andrews

It wouldn’t really be a trip to Scotland without a visit to one of the many beaches it has to offer, yes despite the weather. St Andrews is an old favourite of mine and Greg’s so on the Monday we headed there with his parents for a wander along the beach and too many dogs to count.

There are a whole load of beaches in St Andrews, but we parked by the golf club so that we could then walk up through the town and down by the pier. We lunched at Nardini’s, a Scottish ice cream shop that does fabulous soup, fresh Italian foods and salads.

After lunch (and cakes) we visited Jannetta’s. Basically, you cannot go to St Andrews and not get to Jannetta’s. There is an endless selection of flavours and I don’t think I have ever had the same flavour twice. FYI we visit even in December.

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The second beach

Not happy with just one beach on our five day trip, we planned a trip to Aberdour with my bestie (who you may remember from the Isle of Coll) and his lovely girlfriend. And after a fair few calls from me of us getting lost we eventually met up and took Queen Millie (the best dog in the world) for a walk along the beach.

We ended up sitting down on the stones on one of the wee bays seeing who could throw stones furthest. It was a wee bit rainy, but I know on a beautiful day it’s marvellous. I know this because last time I was there said bestie got really bad sunburn.

You can also purchase a wee cup of tea from the cafe just by the beach which is an excellent hand and body warmer for the wander.

Our trip was finished off with lunch at the Hawes Inn by Queensferry where we laughed until we were crying and ate so much food we had to be rolled out of the place. I had the pie and bloody hell it was amazing – very much recommend.

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The last day

As you can tell, this was a busy trip. The last night we spent it having a roast with my mum and dad in their new house accompanied by a few beverages. Greg gave my dad a few guitar lessons and mum and I gave ourselves mini pedicures.

The Wednesday morning, I finally let someone with better equipment than my kitchen scissors see to my hair and got the lot chopped off. I think I can finally say I just don’t suit long hair as much as I wish I would.

On the walk back, I nipped into the charity shop and picked up this beautiful wee Jane Shilton Gucci inspired bag for £3.25. I am obsessed and can’t wait to carry it around San Francisco when I am there.

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Once again, I went out for lunch (I know, what a lush), this time with my sister and mum to my dads work where we talked about everything and anything. Including my love for Call Me By Your Name (read it) and Big Little Lies. My mum now has an extensive list of things to watch, so feel free to share anything else you think would suit.

Finally, it was time for us to head home. After dropping the car at the airport, a pretty normal flight, the DLR being off again so an Uber home, we were cosied up with a cup of tea in hand. I came home to a wonderful wee package from fellow Scot born Celtic & Co with a pair of Women’s Sheepskin Boots for me.

At first I was nervous because my wee fat feet never fit into boots like these but they are so bloody comfortable – and so cosy. They’re pretty pricy but if you are in the market for beautiful wee boots that’ll last forever (not tested so don’t take my word on that), I would highly recommend.

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Overall consensus of the trip, it was braw. In total I hugged roughly 12 dogs, visited two beaches, ate way too much food, enjoyed a fair few wines and saw a handful of my favourite people. If you are ever heading up, please do give me a shout for any tips and tricks…I’ll ask my mum and dad pa!

Ps. Well done for lasted 1200 words if you made it to the end.