A.P.C. Coat (old, last seen here and here, similar here and here), Draper James Shirt (last seen here), Polo Ralph Lauren Sweater, Old Navy Jeans (old, last seen here, similar here and here), Madewell Loafers[/outfit_section]
When we originally planned our Scotland trip, we only had a small window open in our schedule, so the plan was to just do Gleneagles. But when one of our projects got delayed, we decided to add on a few extra days. Luckily, Rose was game to extend her trip too, and she found a promising looking B&B in another part of Scotland. So we loaded up our cars and headed towards our next hotel, Ardanaiseig. While it rained a good portion of this beautiful drive, the weather cleared enough for us to stop at a few of the incredibly picturesque scenes along the way. It was actually a good thing that we had rain along the drive, as I don’t think we would have arrived until dinner time, despite it only being a 2 hour drive without stopping.
We had planned to visit Kilchurn Castle later in the afternoon after arriving to our hotel, but as we passed right by it along the route, we figured we’d save ourselves some driving time and check it out earlier rather than later. We had all of our luggage, so we pulled out our wellies and walked out to this vantage point across the loch from the castle. It reminded Thomas and me of a setting straight out of Outlander.
Honestly, I can’t think of the last time I didn’t pack my Hunter boots “just in case” while traveling. I’ve mentioned it before, and I think it’s worth mentioning again (because I get a lot of questions), that the ‘Tour’ boot is the one you want to travel with. They’re not only lighter, but also more flexible and easier to pack. I’m always finding myself super happy that I packed them last minute!
Next, we got back on our route and we immediately came across this church called St. Conan’s Kirk. It’s situated up on a cliff overlooking Loch Awe, the same lake as the castle down along the water. It was a quick pitstop to check out the view and then back on the road, but if you have more time, they have a little cafe attached and some walking paths along the water.
Finally we made it to Ardanaiseig Hotel. An old q9th century manor house situated along a beautiful lake, it had a cozy but possibly haunted feeling. Maybe it’s the fact that you have to drive a good 10 minutes before reentering civilization or it could be the stone facade covered in ivy. Haunted or not, it was a nice location to base our final full day of exploring in Scotland, which I’ll cover in the final Scotland post.