Scotland Road Trip: Part 2

So here goes…..probably the most awe-inspiring days of my road trip!

Day 4: Drumnadrochit to Portree

During breakfast our host mentioned that just down the road (ok like an hour, but in the middle of nowhere that is down the road) was a place called Loch Affric and that me and my dad MUST go see it before we left. We decided to that whilst we were here f**k it let’s go see why this place is so good. The drive down was along a single track road behind the fastest moving bin lorry that seemed to go on and on. We eventually made it to the last car park of 3 along this road to Loch Affric as we were told to just go straight to the end. We couldn’t really see much under all the trees so we followed a quick ‘view point’ trail and as we reached the top this is the view that greated us…

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The view point at Glen Affric 

Seriously standing here for about 20 minutes me and my dad just felt like we were staring at a painting. I have never seen such a stunning view in my life. It wasn’t until this moment that i really appreciated how truly beautiful this country could be. If we hadn’t have listened to our host we would never have gone here. In fact i had never heard of this place in my research before coming or highlighted on any of my maps i had. This place really is an untouched gem of The Highlands.

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The father

Once we could tear ourselves away and start making a move to our next destination we followed the A87 to Kyle of Lochalsh. Again this is another road where you stop every 5 minutes to admire the view. The great thing about the roads in Scotland is that there are always stopping points along the side of the road and they have made them in the best view point.

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Loch Cluanie

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As you drive down the A87 you’re able to see a mountain range called the Five Sisters on your right as well as plenty of other beautiful mountains. The winding road continues on to Loch Duich. At the end you come across quite possibly the most iconic of all the Scottish castles…Eilean Donan Castle

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Eilean Donan Castle

I’m not going to lie i actually didn’t go inside to have a look around as i needed to get going to Portree to reach my hotel. But it was nice to see such an iconic symbol of Scotland. Onwards to the Isle of Skye!

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Thew view across to Isle of Skye and Isle of Rassay

The last leg of the day was the drive up to Portree on the Isle of Skye. Apart from the endless pictures on Instagram i was not prepared for quite how magnificent this island is!

But of course in typical Scottish weather as soon as we reached the Cullin Hills the heavens opened and a gloom set down upon the island and so i couldn’t see much at all haha

Day 5: Isle of Skye touring 

So today was the one day of the trip we were not heading somewhere else but actually staying in one place. Ok i say one place, we still circumnavigated the majority of the island. Except countless pictures and very little writing..

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Portree
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Old Man of Storr
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Kilt Rock

Of course the must sees on the island are the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the lovely little town of Portree. As we went north around the top of the island we saw the Trotternish range and even could see across to the Isle of Lewis. We travelled across to the west of the island to see Dunvegan Castle (which is stilled lived in by the Macleod Clan) and the Duirinish range. The end of the day saw us head back to Portree via The Cullin Hills to try and get a better view than the day before….of course it rained, again.

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View towards Loch Dunvegan
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Dunvegan Castle
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Cullin Hills

Next up Day 6 – 9 (coming soon)

If you missed Days 1-3 it’s here: Scotland Road Trip: Part 1

Happy reading fellow travellers 🙂

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A dilemma: Long-term travel or career?

ll start back in May 2015…i came to a fork in the road where i was given an opportunity to meet my friend out in New Zealand and travel for a while or take a job that i had been offered. At the time i was so torn; either go and explore a country i have always wanted to visit and spend some time in South-East Asia or chose the job that i had spent 4 years at university and months of job applications and interviews to eventually get so i could start my career.

What did i do? I freaked out and took the job.

I thought that after so long of working my ass off studying and getting nowhere with job searching that i couldn’t pass up the chance to get my career going in the field i want to work in. I did regret not going to New Zealand, but i thought i would regret more not taking the job.

Fast forward 6 months. I still regretted not going to New Zealand and seeing so many other friends go off travelling and living their dreams upset me. I thought ok in another 6 months i would have gained a years’ experience and i could go off travelling for a few months, maybe even longer. A friend of mine said he would go too. I started saving as much as i could after rent, bills, food and petrol. I started collecting ideas off Instagram and Pinterest and making plans. Only after a few months i found out that friend was keeping from me that he actually couldn’t go and hadn’t told me for months. It broke our friendship and it broke my dream.

Fast forward another few months. I still can’t forgive my friend for the betrayal. I know it may seem petty but it hurt so much that something i had been looking forward to for as long as i could remember was ripped out from under my feet. They lied to me that it was their dream too. More and more i thought how many times i can i keep not going travelling. But, I had to remember that i was and still am gaining experience in a field that i love and that is always advancing and i need those skills for the future. I love my job and adore the people i work with…but…everyday i still think about travelling. My other passion apart from my career.

So….i get stuck in a dilemma. Do i stay or do i go?

One way i am feeding my travel bug is to be better with my annual leave, taking more long weekends for trips to Europe as well as longer breaks further afield. I spend most days searching deals on various sites, reading travel blogs, and am always on Instagram stalking other travelers for ideas. I think i have found a balance for now. A way to suffice both areas of my life.

However, i still save, hoping that one day i will go off exploring. I know i have to give up on the idea of someone coming with me and that i will probably have to go alone. The thought of going this terrifies me and does not help my anxiety. I am not great with meeting new people as i feel too shy and crumble. I’m not sure how i would cope in a foreign country if i had an emergency. But the wanting to go is over-weighing my fears more and more each day and so i grow with confidence that i could do it. If it didn’t work out i could just come home. At least then i know i tried. I don’t want to regret anything in my life anymore.

There are so many options with travelling these days…live the nomad way, join group tours, working-travel visa. I have so much to think about and research. Maybe in another years time i’ll be sitting on a beach in The Philippines as part of en extended tour of Asia, or maybe i’ll be at work after a lovely weekend in Lisbon. Who knows? I still have that decision to make. I just hope i would be content with the decision and that at the end of the day is important to me.

 

 

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