Molly and Gus do Scotland- Monadh Mor and Findhorn

We have had spectacular weather for the last two days of our trip, we really couldn’t have asked for more! Thursday was spent exploring the Monadh Mor, a surviving relic from the end of the ice age! It is the largest remaining bog wood in Scotland. It was teaming with stunning wildlife and I was struck how parts of it reminded me of rural France and even California’s Yosemite valley. 

Hitting the bog…

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So many butterflys!

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Deep dark forest…

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Gus has to test out the bogs of course, little toothy warthog that he is! 

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Here there be fairy homes…P1040118

Check out the size of the mushrooms!!

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Molly in the Heather, my girl is so gorgeous xxx

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Today we drove out to yet another tiny village and this one was my favorite of the whole trip. Perhaps because it was more familiar having spent a lot of time in its neighboring villages such as Bucky and Cullen. Findhorn boasted a most spectacular beach, the best by far we have visited on this trip. We met some very friendly locals and their pooches too. A lovely way to spend our last day.

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We LOVE the beach!! Yeehaa!!!P1040141

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Show us your best crazy faces!

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Ok some nice poses now guys 🙂

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Gus knows the score…’Strike a pose…’

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Some of the friends we met…this is Whisky the Collie!P1040171

And a whole gaggle of Retrivers who’s owner just called them, ‘The Girls’. Gus wolf-whistling at them, ‘Hey hey gorgeous!’

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Some of us together, you know to prove I was there too 😉P1040167

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Quick half before home…

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Bye-bye Findhorn , we will definitely visit again!

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Back home at the lodge and we spend our evening packing up and soaking up the sunshine. 

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Its been a fantastic trip, we feel so relaxed we are practically horizontal! We have splurged on good scenery, food and drink. Thank goodness we have so much walking to do with all our best pals when we get back to the city! My mid-drift needs some strenuous exercise pronto!! Luckily I don’t think the pooches will have any objections to some hill walking!

 We are definitely ready to get home and see everyone,especially John who we miss greatly. Good-bye beautiful Scottish Highland until the next time, we will be back! xxxXXX

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Gus and Molly do Scotland- Rogie Falls & the Touchstone Maze

Some lovely walks today courtesy of The Scottish Forestry Commission! First up is the stunning views of Rogie Falls, one of the best places to watch  the salmon run….apparently! We didn’t see any leaping salmon sadly, but a breath-taking spot non the less.

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A suspension bridge! What do you think guys? Shall we brave it?

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Nothing scary about this Mum!

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“In fact this is just a bit boring mum, hurry up so we can keep moving!”P1040047

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Miss Lucie thinks this is a good lark!P1040052

 

Anyone fancy a dip?

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Can you spot Pete and Isla?

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Blackmuir Wood and the Touchstone Maze…Its a doodle to Molly 🙂P1040062

 

Gus will take any opportunity to pose….P1040063

 

This is called, doing the ‘Lion King’….

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Just at the end the walk we turned the corner and found we had somehow teleported to Italy!

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Snuggling up by the fire at the end of the day…

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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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