Gus and Molly do Scotland, Part 2- Aviemore and the Black Isle

Holiday, whoop whoop!!

We are finally away on our long waited tour of the Highlands of Scotland. So far we have been pretty blessed with the weather, very unexpected I must say! But true to form we have experienced a wide range of insects haha. Both the Scottish midgie and wasp have been most especially present, ah well, can’t knock nature!

We left on Friday morning and sped up to Aviemore. Our first stop for the night was camping at Glenmore Campsite (http://www.campingintheforest.co.uk/scotland/glenmore-campsite) situated right next to the shores of Loch Morlich. We have visited here quite a few times before, the Loch is absolutely stunning and the surrounding Glenmore forest has many interesting walks that are suited for any level of hiker. I’m not big on hill climbing I must say. though will happily walk for hours on semi-even ground! Gus and Molly had been very patient on the car drive and the forest walks around the Loch were the perfect opportunity for them to burn off some steam after being such good passengers!

The campsite at Glenmore itself is very nice, costing about £21 a night (expensive IMO but also pretty standard for Scottish campsites these days). Unfortunately though we were pretty washed out by the weather! The ground very quickly became water-logged and our old North Face tent, which has been bombproof for ten years, finally gave up the ghost and started leaking! The weather was always going to be a risk when holidaying in our wonderful country! Thank god for our new and wonderful Volvo. We hastily put the back seats down and took refuge in the back. Car camping woohoo! Dry and warm and much better than a swimming-pool tent 😉

RIP North Face tent xxx

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Shores of Loch Morlich

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Forest walks, purple heather yey!

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After our slightly damp nights sleep we left Aviemore and continued onto our destination in the Black Isle, just above Inverness where our dog-friendly lodge awaited us! On our way there we stopped at the Black Isle brewery (http://www.blackislebrewery.com/) to pick up some yummy scrummy beer! We received a very warm welcome from the people at the shop and their gorgeous resident Labrador…Black Lab of course!

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After our brewery visit we carried on to our accommodation, a lodge set in the Muir of Ord. Boy did we choose right! These amazing wooden lodges super cozy and are kitted out to perfection. Literally the only accomodation that had all of our requirements; dog-friendly, wood burning stove and a bath!!  Set in a beautiful quiet and scenic spot with views of the mountains and surrounding forest of  Spittle Wood, we feel S-P-O-I-L-E-D!!!! After all our driving we had set Sunday aside to have a super relaxing day and all I can say is someone up there really must love us as the weather was spectacular. SUNSHINE!!

Accommodation at Big Sky Lodges- http://bigskylodges.co.uk/

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It’s not a Scottish holiday without a Highland Coo….

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Sun-worshiper…

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We thought that it would just be us three on our little highland adventure, but our very very good friends had time off and so booked the lodge next to us!!! Amazing! So now we have the legendary Lucie’s company (aka Queen Squishy) for the next few days as well…the best surprise EVER!

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Gus and Molly do Scotland (Part 1.)

 

 

Well it has been a very eventful week! We simply cannot wait to see all our friends tomorrow!!Yippee!!!

Here a little blog post on what we did with our time off, we would just like to take a moment to promote the amazingly wonderful Dugs N Pubs folks, whose fantastic website helped us plan our amazing camping trip! If you haven’t visited it already, get yourselves over there to ogle all the amazing trips and places you can visit with you four-legged best friends!

http://www.dugswelcome.com/

First stop for us was Belhaven Bay. It was an amazing weekend weather wise with the first day being one of the hottest! The sun shone until the very last-minute, it was stunning and we had a blast rolling about in the sand and enjoying the epic blue skies. All this and only 40mins drive from Edinburgh!!!

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Happy sunbathers…

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Yes don’t mind me guys, just have a wrestle right next to my face…ta!

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My BEAUTIFUL girl. Words simply cannot describe how much I love my fuzzy teddy-bear.

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The big-man posing for me. He knows how to work the camera!

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Sun setting over Belhaven Bay.

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After breaking camp the next destination was Tyninghame Beach! It was not a sunny but believe me it was hot!! I so wish I had brought my swimming costume! The water was crystal clear and so inviting.

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You could be forgiven for forgetting you were in Scotland here, this stunning stretch of coast looked more like New Zealand!

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Fluffy teddy paws in water 😀

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Molly-moo swimming in the sea…with just a little encouragement 😉

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Gus as you can tell is not up for it haha! Though he did have a little paddle with Mums help and support. He is not the most confident in the water, though it is the fastest way to cool a hot doggie.

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Thanks to a lovely local lady we met out on the beach walk we were directed to this fantastic wild camp ground just over the ridge from the beach. Gorgeous….

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Molly the next morning refusing to get up! After two days of extensive beach walks my two munchkins were very sleepy and more than happy to laze about in their sleeping bags whilst I read my book 🙂

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After our super lazy morning we then broke camp and carried on along the coast to visit Tantallon Castle! I have to boast just a little bit now, the lovely man at the front desk said that although the dogs were perfectly welcome (on-lead) into the castle it has steep steps, and so we would probably not be able to see it all as the dogs may struggle. Did they heck!! My doggies got loads of attention from other tourists, taking photos of them as we climbed all over this amazing relic. My darlings were beyond well-behaved, wowing the men who were there to supervise visitors with their calm and obedient behaviour. Proving once again that your dogs are at their happiest when they are with you and will overcome any obstacle as long as you are there to guide and support them. They relished the challenging terrain, Gus especially was loving bouncing all over the castle and insisted that I lift him up to look out over the surrounding coast when the walls were too high. He even asked to be lifted to look down the staggering 36foot deep well!! (And no need to worry folks I had a firm hand on him each time so he was in absolutely no danger)  They took the whole thing completely in their stride. I couldn’t be prouder, I could have burst with pride!

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‘None shall pass!’

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At the top, ‘Yup check us out Mum, climbed the castle, like a boss!!’

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A stunning boxer we met outside Tantallon Castle, ‘Please come and play with me!’

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Next stop, North Berwick!

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Exploring the man-made swimming pool on North Berwick beach. What a lovely sea-side town, could happily live there! Such a beautiful part of the world in general, everyone should head here at some point for a fantastic doggie day out! We even had lunch and a pint at the dog friendly pub ‘The Ship Inn’ situated in the town centre about ten mins walk from the beach. All in all we had an amazing camping trip and I will be returning to this area for sure! Perhaps with some of clients doggies at the weekend when we have time, after all its only about a half hour drive away from Edinburgh! Look out North Berwick we will be back! xxx

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