We decided to do something different for Christmas, so we packed our bags and drove the long drive from Cambridgeshire to Scotland.
We finally reached our destination 8 long hours later. Storm Barbara followed us the last half of the journey making the driving conditions interesting.
The lodge we stayed in was beautiful making the journey worthwhile. We stayed in a lodge in the village of Auchterader, 10 miles from Perth in a lodge called Rannoch Lodge. Look it up as a very pleasant couple hire it out. It was amazing!
We opened the door after been given the keys and my mouth dropped, the owners had put a beautifully decorated tree in the corner, Christmas crackers were laid on the table and other decorations were placed around the lounge.
Christmas Eve we ventured out to Gleneagles golf course where we had morning coffee. The snow capped mountains surrounding the course were stunning, what a wonderful place to play a round of golf. Inside we sipped our coffee in front of an open fire, the staff were very helpful and the whole atmosphere was very Christmassy. A recommended place to visit,
I cooked Christmas day lunch back at the lodge, a well earned relaxing day of eating and drinking. And Boxing day we travelled to Perth, an old city, some parts run down and some parts beautiful. We had scampi and chips in the Café Central, inside the shopping centre, this was one of the best scampi and chips I had tasted, the place was clean. the staff helpful and of course Christmas music playing in the background.
Edinburgh was next on our hit list, we walked down Princes Street and walked up The Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle. Bagpipers playing on street corners making it feel very Scottish. Edinburgh was like a mini London, all the high end shops, Cafes and bars. Christmas market and fairground with big wheel giving you an eagle-eyed view.
Finally it was time to make the long journey back home, which took even longer due to accidents, roadwork’s and freezing fog to drive through. We reached our front door 9 very tiring hours later. It was such an experience, we saw some amazing scenery and I felt so pleased with myself that I drove all that way and did something completely different. Not bad for a single woman with 2 grown-up children in the car!