There are many exciting things about moving to Scotland; one of them is being able to go skiing within a couple of hours of where we live. Ed and I have not skied before (my dry skiing lessons don't really count) and we didn't want to to spend a shed load on a ski holiday in Europe just to learn. So the other weekend we headed up to the Cairngorms with a couple of friends to get a bit of snow fun. The drive to Aviemore was very scenic and I kept remarking how it felt like we were in another country altogether ( I suppose Scotland is another country/nation, sort of?!)
Whilst the rest of the country hasn't seen much snow at all this winter, there was about 8ft deep snow on Cairngorm mountain, so much so that an excavator had to dig the ski cables out. We spent four hours learning to ski (and falling a lot) and were thoroughly knackered by the end of the evening. It was an incredibly busy weekend with lots of locals ( i.e. people living within a few hours of the Cairngorms) trying to get the last of the snow before Spring arrives in Scotland. We stayed in a lovely little B&B in Aviemore and spent the evening wandering around the little town before dinner at the randomly interesting International Starters restaurant ( whose menu was full of various international starters!). Our dinner included a selection of Greek mezze, Thai curries, North American fast food and Chinese. Utterly random but all tasty nevertheless!
We decided to take the scenic route back to Edinburgh the next day, with a couple of stops along the way. Ed was super keen on visiting the Dalwhinnie so despite no having enough time for a proper distillery tour, we decided to have a little nosey around. The boys had a couple of cheeky tastings whilst I focused attention of the exquisite chocolates that were also on sale. The Dalwhinnie area is stunningly beautiful and I think we will visit again to explore the area a bit more.
Our next stop was the charming town of Pitlochry where we explored the area a little before getting our friends on a customised charity shop appreciation tour. As it happens, I found my favourite charity shop find ever, a vintage 1950 Scottish Artillery military jacket!! It even came with a 1942 three pence coin! Post lunch we leisurely drove back to Edinburgh and to a jam packed week. Below is a little scene from our drive back, it was so atmospheric!
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. Ann x
Wearing: Karen Millen coat; Zara top; Longchamp Le Pliage bag; Uniqlo trousers; Ash ankle boots; Givenchy sunglasses
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