I’ve posted about Scotland before on my blog here: Scotland Travel Guide – Off The Beaten Track but I wanted to let you all know how glorious Scotland is in Autumn. It’s perfect, if like me, you fancy yourself as a bit of an amateur photographer!
The colours of the landscape change from lush green to burnt oranges and reds. There are plenty of places in Scotland to visit where you can stand and have an amazing vista stretch out in front of, usually framed by rugged mountains and hills.
Even though Scotland is renowned for being colder than a cold thing I’ve found in Autumn it’s still quite pleasant. It’s just the right weather to explore in a hoodie or light jacket and jeans. We had days of lovely sunshine and even got sunburnt a couple of times. Of course we experienced rain too but hey, this is the UK.
As the sun starts to set in Autumn it creates an amazing “golden hour” where the lighting for photographs is just insane. It gives everything a warm even glow. The picture above was taken around 6pm at Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms.
Then finally there’s the sun sets! When the sky looks this good naturally, it eradicates the need for filters on Instagram! This was taken early October at 7.20pm. It’s perfect to watch with a mug of hot chocolate whilst sitting under a blanket outside. This photo is taken from a lodge we rented looking out over the Beauly Firth in Inverness.
Scotland is beautiful any time of year but it really is special in Autumn.
I’ve reached the grand age of 33 and have never been to Wales! So last week we spent 4 nights in Pembrokeshire just outside Narberth in a log cabin that we booked through Hoseasons.
We’ve booked holidays in log cabins before with Hoseasons when we have stayed in Scotland. We’ve always booked an Autograph lodge which is their premium range of lodges.
We spent our time there exploring the area. We visited Tenby which is a lovely little seaside town with a harbour. The houses are so pretty and colourful too. We walked for miles all around the town, harbour and beach.
We also visited Freshwater West which is also known as the beach where Dobby dies. That’s another Harry Potter location visited. We’ve visited a few in Scotland too.
We went for a walk around the grounds of the lodge where they have a golf course, more lodges to rent and also private lodges which are owned. They had a beautiful garden and this lovely waterfall.
We spent lots of time in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park too. Pembrokeshire has a beautiful coast line and lots of lovely sandy beaches.
We had a lovely 4 days there and managed to fit lots in despite the weather being a bit grey. The lodge had a hot tub too so that was great to relax and unwind in.
When I next visit Wales I’d like to visit North Wales to see what it has to offer.
September seems to have been and gone in a flash and as a result I don’t feel like I’ve done much but never the less. Here is my September roundup!
Firstly in September I won a competition! I’ve never won anything before in my life so I was pretty amazed when I won this gorgeous palette on a giveaway over at Sophie’s Blog
One evening after work we decided to go to JoJo Gelato in Fareham. I had this scrummy Nutella and Cookie supreme crepe. It was so good, especially after a hard day at work.
We also visited the Waitrose Farm Shop. Here is the post about our visit.
In Lee-on-the-Solent there was a super low tide on 18th September. I’m still discovering new things about living by the sea and this was one of them. The photo doesn’t do it justice but the sea really was a lot further out than usual.
At the end of September we went to Wales for 4 nights. I’ve never visited Wales before so it was nice to explore somewhere new. There’s a more detailed post to follow.
In September I did 8 blog posts which I think might be a record for me! If you missed any, they’re linked below:
London is the capital of the UK and there is so much to do there. In this guide I’ve tried to include things I have discovered that you might not know about, those little places tucked away and hidden gems. This is the third and final instalment of my Travel Guide series. Be sure to check out the Scottish Travel Guide and the Florida Travel Guide. As usual all links open in a new tab/window
Houses of Parliament – So you’re probably thinking The Houses of Parliament?! How are they off the beaten track?? But did you know you can go on a free tour of them if you’re a UK resident? Simply arrange the tour through your MP then a guide will take you through The House of Lords, The House of Commons and Westminster Hall. This building has so much history you’ll find out loads of interesting things. Find out more here on how to find your MP and book the tour.
Big Ben – You can also go on a free tour of Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower if you’re a UK resident. Again you arrange it through your MP and then climb the 334 steps inside the tower. Book quick as there are going to be some refurbishment works taking place meaning tours will be suspended after 16th December 2016. Find out more about the tour and how to book it here
London Transport Museum – The London Transport Museum is a great place to visit and although it’s in Covent Garden you can easily walk past without noticing it hence me including it here. It’s a great little museum to visit, especially if you have a passionate child who loves transport or an enthusiastic grown up who loves trains and buses!
Acton Transport Museum – If the London Transport Museum whet your appetite and you know someone really keen on transport then be sure to hop on the tube to Acton and visit the Acton Transport Museum. Be sure to check when the website for when the museum is open as it does only open for some weekends but this is a serious homage to transport and a must for any enthusiast.
The Household Cavalry Museum – Again, another tucked away hidden gem. This museum is located right behind Horse Guard’s and has a fantastic collection of ceremonial uniforms as well as other items used throughout history in parades. There is also a large window where you can watch the working stables that contains the horses used on duty.
The Museum of London – The Museum of London is fantastic but is in the City of London meaning if you’re based in central London you’re going to need to walk or hop on the tube. Personally when I’m in London I like to walk up the Southbank to this Museum as you pass some great sights on the way. The Museum of London provides you with a walk through of London’s history. There are some great collections here and it’s definitely worth checking out.
That’s all for my London Travel Guide. Hopefully it’s introduced you to a couple of new places to check out next time you’re in the capital. Be sure to check out my other Travel Guides for Florida and Scotland
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Florida, the Sunshine State, we’ve all heard of it and the attractions it has to offer. Disney, Universal etc. We all know them but below are some of the places that aren’t always talked about, places where you’re less likely to find tourists and more likely to find locals. As with my Scottish Travel Guide where possible I have include the Wiki sites of the places mentioned and all the links open in a new tab/window.
Titusville – Titusville is a small Florida town that is a gateway to some amazing places. However don’t just drive through it. If you’re a fan of seafood then you have to visit Dixie Crossroads where they do amazing Rock Shrimp and one of the nicest Key Lime Pies I’ve found. Be sure to check out the water they have around the restaurant where you’ll see Turtles and Fish as well as their Shrimp statues (above) that are fun to take a selfie or two with!
Canaveral Seashore – The Playalinda Beach (Spanish for beautiful beach) is only $5 a day to park up and really enjoy the Florida weather and is close to Titusville. When we went the sea was as warm as bath water! As you can see from the picture (above) it wasn’t as full as Brighton Beach on a Summers Day that’s for sure!
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge & Blackpoint Wildlife Drive – Again close to Titusville and well worth spending some time at, especially if you enjoy wildlife. You’re bound to spot Alligators, Turtles, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Water Fowl and Herons all in their natural habitat.
Old Haulover Canal– Come straight out of the Wildlife Drive and head to the Old Haulover Canal to view Manatees swimming right up to the shore so long as it’s the warmer weather months you are pretty much guaranteed to see them. Above are three we spotted one time we went.
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park– If you go to Florida at a time when Manatees aren’t at the Old Haulover Canal then why not pay a visit to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park? It has manatees there the whole year round. There are also other animals there such as Eagles, Alligators and Lu the Hippo who we found to be a bit of a show off!
That’s all for my Florida travel guide. I hope you’ve found it useful if you plan on visiting Florida or if you just wanted to read about Florida and some of the places it has to offer. Now why not look at my Scotland Travel Guide?
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Scotland has so much to offer. There are beautiful landscapes a plenty, great places to shop and plenty of opportunities for adventure. I’ve holidayed in Scotland many times now and I’ve done the common tourist sites and have started looking for more. Where are the places that aren’t always talked about? The following places were all accessed from Inverness where we stayed in a beautiful lodge situated just outside the capital of the Highlands. Where possible I’ve linked each place to it’s Wiki article for you to find out more. All of the links open in a new tab/window.
Smoo Cave– Is located in the village of Durness on the A838 road. Smoo Cave is a large sea and fresh water cave made of multiple chambers. Within is a beautiful water fall that drops in to the cave through a sink hole. There are steps leading you down to the cave so some physical fitness is needed. There are also toilets, something handy to know when exploring the Highlands!
The other side of Loch Ness– Everyone has heard of Loch Ness and the famous Loch Ness Monster but most people explore the West side of the Loch where the gift shops and tourist attractions are located, but seldom travel the East side of the Loch. Driving around the East side of the Loch is beautiful. There are some wonderful views and perfect Kodak moments that seem to change with the seasons. The above picture was taken in September but visit in Spring and its much greener rather than the autumnal orange and browns seen here. As you visit the other side of Loch Ness you’ll pass through a couple of small villages such as Dores and Foyers. When passing through Foyers be sure to stop off at…
The Falls of Foyers – The Falls of Foyers has two waterfalls located just off the B852. It’s a short descend down from the road through a lovely woodland walk. The Falls of Foyers are from the River Foyers which feeds in to Loch Ness.
Mallaig – Mallaig is a port town on the West Coast of the Highlands. There are two options to get there, drive or go on the train. You can catch the regular train but for a treat why not pay to travel on the The Jacobite steam train aka The Hogwarts Express. This can be caught from Fort William and will take you to Malaig where you’re free to explore for an hour or two and then back again. You travel over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct where Ron and Harry fly the Ford Anglia. Mallaig is home to many beautiful seafood restaurants.
Mallaig – If you prefer to drive to Mallaig be sure to stop off at the Glenfinnan visitors centre situated on the A830 road. If you’re feeling fit there’s a climb from the car park up to a viewing point where there are stunning views of the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Using the viewing point gives you a closer view of going up the Glenfinnan monument. You can also visit Loch Shiel here which is known as Hogwarts Black Lake.
Dunnet Head– Most people believe John O’ Groats to be the most Northerly point of Great Britain but actually it’s Dunnet Head! There’s a lighthouse and some old buildings from World War 2 to look at and if you go at the right time of year there are Puffins nesting. For another place to visit try Duncansby Head which is the furthest place by road from Land’s End in Cornwall and is easy to visit after John O’ Groats and Dunnet Head.
Loch Morlich– Loch Morlich is a freshwater loch near Aviemore. It is so pretty and picturesque. In the day it is a hot bed for water sports but go on a late Autumn evening and you’ll get some beautiful pictures of the sun setting and reflecting on the water. Loch Morlich, unusually for a Loch, has an award winning beach!
Rogie Falls– Rogie Falls are a series of water falls near Contin on the A835 road. There’s a car park that allows you to park up and explore these water falls easily. The views are simply stunning.
That’s all for my Scottish travel guide. I hope you’ve found it useful if you plan on visiting Scotland or if you just wanted to read about Scotland and some of the places it has to offer.