At the start of May myself and my family headed off the the west coast of Scotland to celebrate my Grandma’s 70th birthday. I had never been over to the west coast before so I was super excited after hearing so much about the beautiful scenery. It is also my Grandma’s favourite place to visit so I knew it was going to be something special. As I live over on the east coast, you can imagine the drive did take quite a while (5/6 hours including toilet/food/picture stops)… however it was definitely worth it.
We stayed in a little place called Plockton and as you can see above, it was absolutely stunning. The hotel we stayed in was called The Plockton Hotel which was right on the main street which had a wee beer garden which looked out onto the huge Loch Carron. We were very lucky to have absolutely stunning weather the whole time we were there so it’s fair to say that a lot of time was spent in that beer garden… The hotel itself is very traditional looking which fits in with the whole village. As this is quite a popular tourist spot the hotel was fully booked up but they also have an Annex which is just a few doors down from the hotel and this is where Scott and I stayed. All I can say is that it is very homely!
The day we arrived in Plockton we sat out in the beer garden with a few drinks and had some food. I highly recommend the queen scallops light bite dish! After that we had a nice walk around the village and then got ready to go for a meal at Plockton Shores.
Plockton Shores is only just round the corner from The Plockton Hotel (basically everything here is within walking distance) and is a lovely little seafood restaurant. I had the scallops to start and then fish and chips for my main (this is just one of many fish and chips that I consumed throughout our time here)… for desert, Scott and I shared the milk chocolate cheesecake which was unreal.
On our second day over on the west coast (which was my Grandma’s actual birthday!) we decided to go see Eilean Donan castle and then take a trip up to Skye. Before we set off we had breakfast at the hotel and the staff came out with a birthday cupcake for my Grandma which was super nice and was a great start to the day.
Eilean Donan castle was absolutely beautiful and it definitely helped that the weather was amazing also which made the pictures even more perfect. If you’re interested to see more of the castle, scroll down to the end of this post to find a link to my video I made of our trip!
We then headed up to Skye. The scenery on our way through Skye was unbelievable and almost looked fake! We got to a little town called Portree which we took a walk around and as everywhere was really busy we decided to make our way back to Plockton for lunch (basically to get some more queen scallops because we were all obsessed)… but we knew that The Plockton Hotel stopped serving lunch at 2:15 and we only had 45 minutes to try get back. The most unusual thing happened which stopped us from getting back for our scallops… three huge wind turbine propellers came out on huge trucks in front of us which went about 10mph the whole way back… typical west coast!!!
That night we went up to The Plockton Inn for dinner. I had the haggis, neeps and tatties to start and then (of course) the fish and chips! I was so full that I couldnt even attempt to have a dessert.
On our last day we went on Calum’s Seals Boat Trip. It was absolutely amazing and we saw a heap of seals! It was an hour long trip in which Calum took the boat around Loch Carron while telling us a bit more about the surrounding areas. My favourite part was that at one point we were able to see Skye’s mountain outline which was amazing.
After the boat trip we headed back to the hotel to have our last portion of queen scallops before we headed back over to Aberdeen. Was sad to leave such a relaxing, beautiful place but I’m sure we will return one day!
I made a video montage of all our clips from the trip which is definitely worth a watch to really see the beauty of this side of Scotland (although no picture or video will ever do it justice) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKlQx0OJi0E
Thanks for reading!