Tuesday, 7 June 2011

a glimpse of summer

So we had a glimpse of summer this past friday...I was finally able to go to the beach :) unfortunately, that feeling of summer has come and gone! The nice weather only lasted 2 days and now the weather forecast is rain, rain, rain, clouds, rain. welp, I guess we're back to normal Scottish weather. Speaking of that...

Last week we had the most awful wind storms I've seen all year. Naturally, this happened the same day myself and two friends decided to drive up to the highlands. We had a tiny little car (I swear, the smallest car Toyota makes), which we nicknamed "the blueberry" because it was bright blue and super tiny. I had the backseat, which wasn't really too bad except when the wind blew, which was all the time. It seemed like we were flying all over the road, although my friend Hannah was a great driver! Because of a fallen tree in Stirling, we had to go all over the place to get up to Inverness. We stayed in an adorable place and had an awesome dinner. However, right as we sat down for dinner, the power went out. Luckily, they had lots of candles to light and they had gas stoves so it wasn't a big deal. The ambiance was nice :) Here are a few pictures from the trip:

A quick stop at Castle Campbell on the way

Of course, it was sunny when we arrived in Nairn, the small town where we stayed...it didn't stay sunny for long. Rain poured down on us as soon as we went out for a walk.

Cawdor Castle: the castle used in Macbeth

Culloden battlefield, the site of final confrontation of the Jacobite uprising in 1745 when 1500-2000 Jacobites were killed in a very short period of time

Stone commemorating the deaths of many clan members

Urquhart Castle

Loch Ness!

Some bridges in a small town on the way home

Overall, it was a great trip and it was really nice to get away for a while. It's easy to forget how beautiful Scotland is sometimes!