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July 8, 2017

The Scottish Highlands

Outfit Details:

Club Monaco Torela jumpsuit, Club Monaco white blouse, Zara trench coat (similar here, more fashionable here), Steve Madden combat boots (similar here), Chloé Drew nano bag (in black here), Rayban round sunglasses

Would I consider myself superstitious? I guess so. I like reading my horoscope and I often knock on wood. Do I believe the Loch Ness monster exists? The adventure-driven child inside of me screams “SHE’S TOTALLY REAL”, although all of my adult self knows she isn’t. But wouldn’t it just be so cool? Well, my Dad and I drove to Inverness and took a boat ride on Loch Ness to see for ourselves.

We stayed at the Cedar Villa Guest House B&B (my first time in a B&B) and I have to say, I really like hotels. This B&B was lovely, the hosts were great, the food was delicious (porridge everyday all day), and the rooms were clean. But, they were small, and we have to share a non-functioning shower and closet-sized bathroom with five other people. Let’s just say it was an experience.

We left early in the morning to get on a bus for a tour of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, which I booked on Viator. Our tour guide had a fabulous Scottish accent and was so funny and knowledgeable, I would highly recommend.

At the end of the tour we were told to go check out a “really cool fence” hidden away to the side where lo-and-behold we saw Nessie! Well, it’s a mechanical Nessie, but a Nessie nonetheless. I thought it was such a cute idea and Dad and I had fun taking selfies with her.

When we got back to Inverness we immediately walked to out favourite café, Costa Coffee. We had become addicted to chai lattes and I became addicted to these amazing gluten free Belgian chocolate brownie bars (see how I bought three at once?). Now, even since getting back to Canada I have been desperately searching for how to get my hands on these. I will pay someone to ship them to me from the UK. S’il vous plaît? In all seriousness, if you go to the United Kingdom, you must try these- they are fudge, and chocolatey, and just so good. Ignore the calorie count, it’s worth every single one.

As I’ve mentioned before, Scotland is cold and windy and so I wore my trusty Zara trench (that I foolishly almost didn’t bring, by the way), my Club Monaco jumpsuit, comfortable boots, and my Chloé Drew for a pop of colour.

Dinner was at The Kitchen Brasserie and I have to say this was my absolute favourite meal during the whole trip. Above is some kind of bacon flatbread thing, followed by butternut squash cheese pizza, finished with short bread cookies and the traditional Scottish dessert cranachan (a fruit/ oatmeal pudding thing). In general I loved the food in Inverness and would totally recommend taking the drive just for some cranachan.

Photo Credit: Clarence Market

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  • Lori

    Love it! What a great post!

    July 9, 2017 at 3:44 am Reply
    • The Fashionable Physician

      Thanks Mom 🙂

      July 9, 2017 at 7:36 pm Reply
  • Kavita Favelle

    Lovely photographs, they really give a lovely insight into your visit of the Scottish Highlands! Looks like you had a rain free visit too, lucky girl!

    July 22, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply
    • The Fashionable Physician

      We were lucky- the clouds seemed to part exactly when we needed them to!

      July 22, 2017 at 4:16 pm Reply
  • Rosalie

    It looks like you had such a great time in the Highlands! I’m also glad you enjoyed Scottish cuisine, it has a pretty bad reputation but I thin undeservadly so. I’m not sure how long your trip to Scotland is, but you should check out Mary’s Milk Bar if you get the chance 🙂

    July 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm Reply
    • The Fashionable Physician

      Sadly I’m back in Canada, but will be sure to check it out when I’m back in Scotland!

      July 22, 2017 at 4:16 pm Reply
  • Alaine

    That last meal does look so good!
    I’ve stayed in a lovely B&B in upstate New York but we had our own en suite private bathroom. I think that it’s really nice to stay at a B&B but it’s really important to have your own bathroom.

    July 22, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply
    • The Fashionable Physician

      I totally agree, bathrooms are key!

      July 22, 2017 at 4:17 pm Reply
  • Olivia

    What a beautiful trip! I’ve been meaning to travel to Scotland to delve into family roots, but have never had the chance to go! Also, the food looks unexpectedly delicious.

    July 22, 2017 at 2:38 pm Reply
    • The Fashionable Physician

      It really really was! Cranachan is something everyone should get the chance to taste!

      July 22, 2017 at 4:18 pm Reply
  • Paroma Chakravarty

    That flatbread looks so yummy! And the highlands are very pretty! Glad you enjoyed your visit:-)

    July 22, 2017 at 4:12 pm Reply
    • The Fashionable Physician

      They are beautiful. Such lush green all around!

      July 22, 2017 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • Caroline

    Wow I have never heard of a B&B with shared bathrooms, how awful! That’s more of a hostel/guest house in my book. Rest assured not all B&Bs here are like that at all. Looks like you had a lovely time. Scotland is stunning isn’t it? Sorry the weather wasn’t great for you though – it’s not always bad though, there’s been a heatwave in Scotland this week so if only you’d been here then! 🙂

    July 23, 2017 at 12:45 am Reply
    • The Fashionable Physician

      I’ve heard such good things about B&Bs, I’ll have to try again! Desfpitethe weather, we had a fabulous time!

      July 23, 2017 at 11:16 pm Reply
  • Rhiannon | Rhiannon Travels

    Such a beautiful place to visit! The highlands look amazing, and the last few food photos made me so hungry! Great post 🙂

    July 23, 2017 at 2:09 am Reply
  • Nina Danielle

    I love how the castles have new railings installed so people can walk around in them. AND I’m sorry but Nessy doesn’t exist?? Seriously… no one has been down there! Maybe she’s not magical but I’m convinced something massive lives down there haha.

    July 23, 2017 at 2:28 am Reply
    • The Fashionable Physician

      Haha I’m convinced too!! 🙂

      July 23, 2017 at 11:17 pm Reply
  • Eniko

    Super post, very useful! Heading to Scotland for a 2 week road trip next week. Now I’m even more excited! 🙂

    July 23, 2017 at 7:24 am Reply
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