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STA Travel - #WildCardUK Part 2 – LOCH LOMOND, GLEN COE & LOCH NESS

STA Travel - #WildCardUK Part 2 – LOCH LOMOND, GLEN COE & LOCH NESS

This here be the second instalment of my whirlwind #WildCardUK adventure with thanks to the generous guys at STA Travel and Visit Britain! 

In this video (click here to watch the full version) I was taken on a road trip to Loch Lomond, Glen Coe and Loch Ness stopping at some of the most beautiful and interesting spots along the way.

See below for all the in’s and outs!

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Loch Lomond: If you hop in a car and head half an hour north of gritty Glasgow you stumble across another world completely. Loch Lomond is the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain and is beautiful, serene and definitely worth a visit, especially after a few nights of drinking and live music in Glasgow city.

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The Drovers Inn: Upon the recommendation of a local, we decided to pull into ‘The Drovers Inn’ for some traditional Scottish pub lunch. This place was over 300 years old and boy did it feel like it inside. The roof was so low I felt like I was almost underground, the pub was full of taxidermy animals and pieces of mismatched wooden furniture by the fireplace. It was said to be haunted and I have zero trouble believing that. Couldn’t understand half the menu (Neeps & Haggis & Tatties, oh my!) but the food was hearty and delicious and the whiskey warmed us from the inside out. I also met a puppy so that was cool. Felt very traditional and special- highly recommend.

Glencoe: driving through Glencoe was surreal. It seemed no matter how many iPhone photos or videos I took, nothing would do the scenery justice, especially not the 100 different hues of green I was witnessing for the first time in my life. I was especially impressed with it’s Hollywood history- stacks of films have been filmed in the valleys and hills of Glencoe including scenes from Hagrid’s cottage in Harry Potter, Braveheart and James Bond: Sky Fall. I kept wanting to belt out “The Hills Are Alive”, fully aware we were in the wrong country. It just felt right.

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Morag’s Lodge, Loch Ness: We stayed the  night at this iconic backpackers in Loch Ness where I was immediately greeted by some Aussies who recognised me from Big Brother (typical, going half way across the world only to befriend a bunch of Aussies!) This place had an awesome vibe and was buzzing with people from all around the world keen to see some of Scotland and drink a load of whiskey on their way.  Lucky for me it was haggis (a savoury pudding containing sheep’s heart, liver and lungs) night and there was no way the film crew were going to let me get away with not trying this local delicacy on camera. Watch the video- I’m quite impressed with their editing because they somehow managed to avoid any shots with me gagging or spitting it into my napkin.

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Cruise Loch Ness: next up was an activity I was personally VERY excited about. A big believer in fantasy and fairy tales, I was pretty psyched to be hopping on a boat in search of the unicorn of the sea: Nessy, the Loch Ness monster. We started off with a bit of a guided audio tour of the Loch Ness itself which was interesting before heading down below to be talked through the different radars and scanners. I kid you not, Nessy had made an appearance earlier on in the day and I took a screen grab of the radar to prove it. I was happy to be leaving the boat as a believer.

After the Loch Ness tour we headed back to Morag’s Lodge for some more whiskey and traditional Scottish dancing which included me getting up close, sweaty and personally with some strangers as we bumped and stumbled our way through choreographed dance moves whilst a band played in the corner. Pretty sure I had a super fun night as I can’t quite remember the rest.

To catch the full video of my adventures above, click HERE.

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