We normally try and take a holiday in October. I think it’s that time of year that you need to de-stress. In fact, all of our big holidays have been in October too but the budget wouldn’t allow that this year so we opted for a last minute cottage on the shore of Loch Fyne, Strachur.
It was the perfect location, nestled between the hills and the Loch, I love finding little places like this. As much as I’m terrified of water, I love being beside it, it’s so calming. Opening the curtains in the morning to the views of the loch is something I don’t think I’d tire of. The cottage was small but a good enough size for the four of us and the two dogs. Our dogs aren’t the smallest, so they do take up a lot of room when we take them on holiday. This is only the second time we’ve included Sasha in our travels as she HATES travelling in the car. Once we arrived, though she settled fine. The dogs loved it just as much as the humans and they don’t complain about the lack of wifi!
We were lucky with the weather too (thank you Scotland). It was fresh and crisp, the sun even came out for a while! The cottage was only an hour and a half away from home but the Argyll Forest feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere and makes a stunning drive. We went a drive on the second day, it was an unsuccessful mission to find a 3G signal for our eldest but we stumbled upon the beautiful Castle Lachlan. The water here was crystal clear and I could have happily stayed here for hours taking pictures. The girls found a rope swing to play on, we all had a swing on it and Hubby was in his element, exploring the castle, even though there wasn’t much to it.
I also found out how the self-timer on the camera works…
On the third day, the girls wanted to stay in their jammies and stay in the cottage so hubby and I went exploring ourselves and went the short drive to Dunoon. I had wanted to visit the Benmore Botanical Gardens for a long time to see the giant Redwood trees they have there. I’m not usually the type to refuse to pay entrance fees but when I discovered it would be £13 to get in, I decided against it, we were surrounded by beautiful forests for free so it seemed silly to pay for that tiny part of the gardens I wanted to visit. Michael, never one to be deterred, walked round the corner of the car park and the trees were right there, so I did manage a sneaky pic!
We carried on the drive to Dunoon, a coastal town we visited a few times when Michael first started driving. It’s not a huge town but this is where we found my newest favourite place! As we drove along the coastal road, Michael spotted a sign that said Morag’s Fairy Glen. He knew that sign alone would interest me so we about turned and went for a look. I could do a blog post all on its own for this place. It was so beautiful and magical. I can’t wait to visit again in the summer, although I think this season is perfect for visiting. I don’t know if you can make it out in the pictures but, basically, the glen is really narrow but the paths lead you up to a good height, where you can look down into the narrow little valley where the burn flows and creates some lovely waterfalls. It was beautiful, have I said that already? I don’t feel the pictures do it justice!
I had to restrict the pictures for this blog post as I took so many, I’ll definitely be printing some of them off from this holiday. I did try and put my camera down and live in the moment too but the scenery around us was just too good not to capture. Of course, we relaxed too, the log fire was a complete novelty and a welcome addition to the freezing cold fisherman’s cottage. I really enjoyed a few days away, removing yourself from the internet can be good for you too. I do enjoy not having wifi and getting back to basics, playing games, cooking and reading. It really helps you recharge your batteries.
I hope this blog post is not too pic heavy!