Monday, 10 June 2013

Holiday Memories: The Highlands

My next guest poster is Stacey who blogs at Nobody Said It Was Easy.  Stacey has a 14.5 month old little boy and blogs about life after infertility, miscarriage and depression, and all the bits inbetween.

With the exception of one occasion when I was a teen, I have always holidayed in the UK with family, usually in England or Wales.  For my husband and I's first holiday away together, we decided to look for a cottage in Scotland as it was somewhere we had both always wanted to visit.  We found a lovely little one up in the Highlands, and Scotland stole our hearts.  We now visit at least once every other year.  The Highlands is so vast, and there is so so much to see and do, we always find something different whenever we go.

Our favourite Scotland holiday with great memories was last year when we had our first family one with our little man.  Though he was still quite young to take much in (he was 6.5 months  when we went) we wanted to show him the place we love so much.  I'll admit it was a stressful journey with him being so young, what was supposed to be an 8 hour car journey, took around 12 hours!  We headed back to a cottage we had already visited twice before as it is such a beautiful, serene location and just about in the heart of the Highlands, with great access to lots of attractions.  Just some of the places we have visited whilst there are Culloden battlefield, Urquhart Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Ullapool, and the Isle of Skye on a day trip - we loved it so much we think this may be our next Scottish destination.

One attraction we always visit is the Highland Wildlife Park.  Here there is a section with enclosed animals in their 'natural' environments, a little like a zoo, and then a drive round safari part where you can get really up close to the animals.  So close in fact, that one of the wild horses kicked our car one time!  It is great when you go in rutting season and hear the deer braying.  When we took little man last year, he was fascinated by the snow monkeys, especially two baby ones who were having a fun time playing!  We also took him to see the wildcats at feeding time, which he was also fascinated by and just stared.  Though I was fascinated too as they are just so fast!  There is also an amazing view of the mountain scenery at one of the viewpoints.  I highly recommend a visit if you are ever near by.  This is us at the polar bear statue on our first family visit to the Highland Wildlife Park:


Another thing I love about Scotland, is that all over I can see one of my obsessions - Highland cows!  I'm trying to persuade hubby that the little man really wants one as his first pet...

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