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10 Photos From Aviemore & Skye

It was my sister’s birthday earlier this month and we had a family holiday in Aviemore and the Isle of Skye to celebrate. You can see all my photos on my Flickr and some videos on Instagram, but here’s what we got up to with 10 of the most interesting photos.

Loch Morlich Aviemore

On our first day in Aviemore, we went up Cairngorm but sadly the funicular is being renovated so we stopped off at Loch Morlich on the way back. Aviemore is known for winter sports but it’s pretty great in hot weather too and it was hard to believe this was Scotland in September with loads of people swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding.

Green Lochan Aviemore

We were really lucky with the weather and walked to the Green Lochan the next morning. It was a bit more effort that we imagined but worth it. Look how green it is! Unfortunately, I also got eaten alive by midgies for the first time in forever and was covered in bites for the rest of the week.

Strathspey railway

Nicolette’s birthday treat was afternoon tea on the Strathspey Railway. I’m not sure I’ve been on a steam train before and it was certainly a special experience and everything was delightfully old-fashioned.

Eilean Donan Castle

Then we headed off to the Isle of Skye, stopping at Eilean Donan Castle for lunch. It was good to be away while the media was in full monarchy mode and we also had the fairly unique experience of having so many flags at half mast in our photos.

Lealt Falls, Isle of Skye

It was a good time to finally visit the Isle of Skye too as there weren’t too many tourists and weather was generally good, if a bit grey and moody. We did a bit of a whistlestop tour of the sights and this is Lealt Falls.

Quiraing View, Isle of Skye

And this is Quiraing View. Skye is completely ridiculous with basically 360 degree incredible views everywhere you go. Autumn suits it perfectly too.

Armadale Castle & Gardens, Isle of Skye

Sometimes you’re even admiring a view and Skye is like, hang on let me add a picturesque little sailboat for you. This is at Armadale Castle & Gardens, where it poured with rain the whole time but all my photos show blue skies. Sorcery!

Seaprobe Atlantis boat trip

We do love a boat trip and this time we went on the Seaprobe Atlantis tour around Loch Alsh, which has a glass bottom so you can see underwater. Sadly it was a bit too murky the day we went but we still saw a lot of fish and a jellyfish. It was really interesting up top too with seals, shipwreck, salmon farm and Skye views.

Eilean Ban Lighthouse, Isle of Skye

The rain at the garden earlier meant we got a beautiful rainbow and everyone on the boat was trying to get the perfect photo. This is mine with Eilean Ban Lighthouse under the Skye Bridge.

Attadale Gardens, Strathcarron

We were staying on the mainland at Strathcarron and luckily Attadale Gardens was nearby so we could squeeze in a last garden before home. It was a really good one too with lots of sculptures to spot and a DIY honesty cafe. This view is incredible too – you can just see the railway line and I really want to come back on the train sometime and do the Kyle Line as it goes so close to the water and through the mountains too.

Armadale Castle & Gardens, Isle of Skye

Angel Bunny had a great holiday too and especially liked the gardens. You can catch up with him on Instagram at @angelbunnytravels.

Lots more on my Flickr and Instagram, including a surprising amount of dinosaur content.


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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