A trip to Scotland

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Today we discover the beautiful journey of Celine in Scotland!


I’m going to talk about my last trip, which was a short getaway in Scotland on Arran Island. An hour ferry crossing is required to reach this island of southern Scotland on the east coast.

A place you loved

What I liked was the overall atmosphere of the island, I went there in November, it is sinister and beautiful at the same time, the landscapes are gilded because the leaves of the trees and the heath fade, but forests and some roadsides are covered with thick mosses of intense green. The pungent humidity of the outside is offset by the warmth of the Scottish, whether in the guest houses with cozy furniture and woods or in pubs whose wide selection of whiskey turns the head of the amateur visitor.

Meet the locals

From the first night we met a familiar from the local pub, Jimmy. This Scotsman, who seems to be approaching 60, came to Arran 15 years ago to work on renovating a restaurant. He liked so much the island that he stayed there. By sharing a few drinks, he told us some hiking trails to do and told us about his life on the island – while remaining quite mysterious about what he does – “when I need to work I work and then after I stop, I go fishing. ” He comes sometimes to exchange his mackerel fishery for a dinner at the pub.

A dish that you liked

The Haggis, stuffed with spicy cooked minced meat, I ate it every day. Black pudding with oatmeal is tasty too.

An experiment or an activity

Arran is a small island but with a beautiful diversity of landscapes, hiking is a perfect activity. Because of the winter weather, some of the emblematic trails of the island were forbidden to access, we still could make some routes including two that led to cairns and stone circles dating from the Neolithic. The context is particular: a dark and windy weather, a landscape of desert moor (in November hikers are rare), the vision of these stones laid there by men and women thousands of years ago for the purpose of Burial and worship … All this can give a feeling of dizziness with time and finally be very exotic. No wonder Scotland is the source of so many legends!

A clothe, a pair of shoes or an accessory

Obviously good hiking shoes and a windbreaker.

@all: how do you feel about a getaway on a desert island?

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