Packing for a Scottish Highland holiday

I’ve written previously about my love of Scottish Highland cottage holidays; pre-children we visited just about every year from 2007 onward but we’ve only visited once since J was born, and that’s when he was six months old so not really too active. That time we also went with my mum and stepfather so we had the opportunity to explore on our own – we’ll probably have to wait until they’re all grown up for a relaxing holiday now!

We were recently saying that we’re getting withdrawal symptoms so we may visit for an annual holiday next year, though it might have to be on the Highland borders so we’re near plenty to do for the boys. There are so many places we want to visit too that we keep meaning to but never get around to doing so. Most of these involve the great outdoors – well, you do go to the Highlands to be outdoors don’t you?

I have a tendency to leave packing until the last minute, and even then hubby says I pack way too much – truthfully, I probably do, but I like to be prepared for every eventuality! There are essentials that are always on my list though:

  • a camera (other than a smartphone) – though I only have a bridge camera, I hope to own a DSLR one day.
  • a decent pair of walking boots – as this is one of the main activities of our Highland holidays.
  • a waterproof coat – we usually go in autumn and you can never guarantee the weather!
  • warm jumpers – as you can also never guarantee the temperature! These jumpers I found online are perfect for the unpredictable Scottish weather.
  • comfortable trousers – for all of the walking.
  • a flashlight – you never know when the power may go out, and you’ll be a hero if you have a bright flashlight handy
  • hair straighteners – strange one, I know. But with my hair, I need to take them everywhere I go…
  • books/e-reader – for cosy nights in front of the fire.
  • a bottle of creamy liqueur – to complete those cosy nights of course.
Those are items that I must take with me – it doesn’t bode well for my husband if I forget (like the one time I actually did forget to pack my hair straighteners).
I have so many wonderful memories of our Scottish Highland holidays and I could talk and write about them all day. I hope as a family we get to make many more memories that will stay with us forever as the Highlands hold a special place in our heart.
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We’re all going on a… rainy holiday?!

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Today we’re going away on our annual family getaway. Nowhere exotic, just Anglesey in Wales! Though I am rather looking forward to it after what we’ve been through this year. It will be bittersweet though as my mother in law was supposed to be joining us; though she will of course be in our thoughts. We’re staying in a lovely little cottage in Holyhead.

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Chasewater Railway | Review

On Saturday we had a family day out, travelling to Chasewater Railway for a friends 40th birthday party. I was really looking forward to it as a few other mutual friends who I don’t see very often were also attending, and of course we were all looking forward to the train ride! 

The train wasn’t due to leave until 1.30 pm but we decided we would set off a little earlier than the time it would take us to get there, as the station is set in a country park so we would have a little walk beforehand – to make room for cake of course…


Cake
“Mummy, me want cake!”

Chasewater was easy to find, being well signposted. Even the GPS didn’t get us lost! There was plenty of parking, though by the time we left we wished we had carried on up the road a little to the station parking as it was a good 10 minute walk, and when you have a tired toddler and a pregnant tired lady, it felt like much longer. 
 
When we arrived, the first thing we had to do was find the toilets, I had gone two hours without going so I was desperate! We then decided we’d take little man to play in the park, but we were a little disappointed that there were no baby/toddler swings, as he just wouldn’t have stayed on a normal one as he wouldn’t have held on. 

After deciding the park was a no-go we decided to go for a walk next to the lake and find where we needed to be later on. We had taken little man’s backpack and rein so he could have a run around, so the walk took longer than we were expecting! We still didn’t find where we needed to be so we headed back to the car park to put his pushchair in the car, at which point we met one of our mutual friends arriving, so we decided we’d find it together. 


Once we got to the station we saw lots of familiar faces and hugs and hello’s galore were had! We were given our tickets then it was time to board the train. I thought little man would be okay as the last time we went on a train he loved it. The journey was great, we stopped at each station before stopping a little longer at the last one so that the birthday girl (lady) could go in the engine, and it was taken to the other end of the train for the return journey. Little man had fun running up & down the carriage and smacking all the seats for the whole journey! Though he did  manage to sit still for a few minutes to look out the window with Daddy. 


Looking out of the window on the train
Disclosure
This was paid for by a friend but I wasn’t asked to write this review, I just wanted to share our experience! All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.