16:27

It is rare that I will do a day time post but busy evenings call for irregular posting!

Yesterday I had the chance to go on a roadtrip with friends up to Glencoe. We visited Loch Lubnaig, The Green Welly Stop, Loch Tulla viewpoint, Three Sisters and Ballachulish.

There were two visitors to the UK amongst our group, one from Sydney, Australia, and the other from Vancouver, Canada. There were 7 of us altogether and we had a lot of fun exploring these different places and taking in the amazing views. The visitor from Australia had never encountered snow before so we made sure to stop and play in the snow, as well as checking out frozen lakes and skimming stones.

The Highlands are really scenic and beautiful! The snow capped peaks are awe-inspiring and the drives through the landscapes are spectacular!

Loch Lubnaig

Loch Lubnaig

Loch Lubnaig

Loch Lubnaig

Clear waters of Loch Lubnaig

Clear waters of Loch Lubnaig

Loch Lubnaig with snowy peaks in the background

Loch Lubnaig with snowy peaks in the background

Scenic drives!

Scenic drives!

The Green Welly Stop

The Green Welly Stop

Hours of driving totally paid off

Hours of driving totally paid off

Loch Tulla viewpoint

Loch Tulla viewpoint

Stop at the side of the road to take photos

Stop at the side of the road to take photos

One of the Three Sisters

One of the Three Sisters

Another of the Three Sisters

Another of the Three Sisters

Ballachulish

Ballachulish

Frozen lake

Frozen lake

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23:50

A Christmas day roadtrip up to Loch Leven with a walk around Kirkgate Park, through the town of Kinross, then a stop off at Loch Fitty. The weather was cold but dry and crisp, with glaring sun! Beautiful weather for exploring Scotland!

It is often when I visit these kind of amazingly stunning places that I stop to think about how beautiful the world is that we live in. I am so very thankful.

Loch Leven

Loch Leven

Awesome reflections!

Bouquet of flowers tied to the pier gate.

Bouquet of flowers tied to the pier gate.

Kirkgate Park: amazing forests and wildlife.

Kirkgate Park: amazing forests and wildlife.

Loch Fitty

Loch Fitty

Beautiful views!

Beautiful views!

02:33

On Monday I had the opportunity to go on a road trip with a large group of friends. As it was St Andrew’s day the majority of us had the day off so we took the day to travel up north. 12 of us travelled up from Edinburgh to Loch Lubnaig, Rob Roy’s grave, Creag an Turic, and Loch Voil.

It has been a long time sinceĀ I had to wake up and be out of the house so early, and return so late at night, however the beautiful scenery was worth the tiredness. I love getting back to nature and enjoying its wonders. It was a nice break from my university deadline and revision, a comforting hug from Mother Nature herself.

Loch Lubnaig

Loch Lubnaig

View of Loch Voil from Creag an Turic

View of Loch Voil from Creag an Turic

Mirror cabin at Loch Voil

Mirror cabin at Loch Voil

23:38

Settling back into a normal routine after being on holiday has been difficult. The very idea of a routine doesn’t sit well with me. To have a fixed schedule every week is saddening. I like my days to be different and unique, which is why I try and find a new place to explore in Edinburgh every few days. This could be in the form of a new cafe which I have never tried, or a wooded area which I discover on one of my runs, or even a small boutique that I pass on my meanders in town.

These ‘discoveries’ that I make satisfy my need for exploration and fulfil my penchant for learning about new things. Hopefully my university work load will not be so heavy that I cannot explore in the coming months!

01:25

I explored Wild West street instead of revising on Friday. Student procrastination at its best!

Background: Wild West was built in 1995/1996 by Michael Faulkner as part of the ambience for a Southwestern style furniture business. Other stalls also were in the area such as ceramists and artists. The whole project took 6 months and the authentic paint effects and signs were courtesy of an employee and his girlfriend who had worked on the construction of Euro Disney.

Present day: The site is no longer used as a store but the street remains relatively intact. Some small workshops and garages use the back part of the site but the main alley or ‘street’ is mostly untouched. However, some of the original special features have been removed or vandalised (such as the saloon doors and shutters), and there is some graffiti in some parts. The area is open to the public to take pictures etc though it is not your typical well-known tourist spot. Many local Edinburgh residents don’t know this Wild West street exists, so I feel privileged to have visited in the time I have lived in Edinburgh.

Though this blog is typically not a picture blog and is focused more on my writing, I feel like if I don’t show what the Wild West street looks like then my writing will have been in vain.

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Saloon doors used to partly cover the dark mural on the left.