We arrived in Edinburgh long after the sun had set which meant we were treated to spectacular views of the city’s famous sights lit up against an inky backdrop.
Having been in transit for hours (thank you, fog delays) we were exhausted but the view from our hotel room (the Caledonian) demanded proper worship. Eventually exhaustion kicked in but what a view to fall asleep and then wake up to!
We hit the road right after breakfast, eager to head north and find snow.
Though there was heavy fog in places and a decidedly grey tint to the world around us the giants of the Highlands soon came into view. Capped with snow they were mesmerizing and our drive north was punctuated by many (many) stops at the side of the road to take it all in.
After passing through Glen Coe (and nearly losing limbs to frostbite after our 4 minute stop at the Three Sisters) we ended up at the Glenfinnan Viaduct – which will be familiar if you’re a fan of Harry Potter as it featured in four of the movies.
After having been in the car for most of the day I took the opportunity to do some frolicking and to attempt my own creative entry to the Hogwarts Express. Flying a Ford Anglia is so 1992.
My frolicking turned out to be an (unintentional) hail dance though and we were forced to run for shelter as we dodged tiny ice pellets.
We continued north, pausing in Fort William to refuel with a very late lunch. Coming out of town we saw our first blue sky of the day so we took the opportunity to stop and explore.
Me at my graceful best, clearly!
As the skies opened up again and darkness set in we decided to turn around and head back to Edinburgh for dinner at Mussel Inn before returning to the hotel. The view from our room was a lot more enticing than the black abyss alongside the road home!
A fantastic first day. Check back in tomorrow to find out what we got up to next!