This year we decided to have our summer holiday in Scotland. It took a long time to find a cottage that suited our needs, in the place we wanted – dog friendly, in the countryside, reasonably close to family. Eventually we found ‘Tarabuckle’, a beautiful cottage in Glen Clova, Angus, slightly more in-the-middle-of-nowhere than we would have liked, with a 15 minute drive to civilisation but it was beautiful so we booked it for 2 weeks from the 9th July to 23rd July!
Early Saturday morning on the 9th, we got up and ready, taking Oscar for a quick walk before starting our 12 hour car journey to the beautiful Tarabuckle. It was quite a hike and we stopped plenty of times for a well needed break but we finally arrived at 8pm
The cottage was gorgeous, inside and out and very cosy. One lucky Oscar was very excited to be able to sleep in my bedroom and, by the third night, in my bed!
We had a lazy weekend, just staying around the cottage on the Sunday and on Monday we had a little walk around Glen Clova then visited family. Oscar got to meet my cousin’s two cockers which was nice for him.
The ‘Blue Door Walk’, Edzell
Tuesday was another lazy day but on the Wednesday we went on the ‘Blue Door Walk’, Edzell, where we’ve stayed previously, it’s a beautiful walk alongside the river in the woods and Oscar had the opportunity to have a paddle in the water – very exciting. 😂
Loch Lee, Glenesk
On Thursday we visited Loch Lee, Glenesk, a gorgeous lake surrounded by mountains, it was so beautiful and was a lovely walk, Oscar loved it! Again, Oscar got to go in the water so it had to be a great day!
St. Cyrus Beach and Nature Reserve
Friday was a rainy day but we packed our macs and headed to the beach so that Oscar could have a nice big run-around. There was nobody else there (!!!) so he was allowed off the lead (an uncommon occurrence) and we played fetch while walking up the beach in the pouring rain, he loved it! Unfortunately we came to some jellyfish that had been washed up, so Osc had to go back on the lead and we headed back to the car, our coats dripping and our trousers soaked through! We then put Oscar in his Equafleece and went to visit family. He fell asleep almost as soon as we got there and loved all the attention he was getting from my Aunty and cousin 😂
Corrie Fee, Glen Clova
On Saturday we drove a short way to Glen Doll and walked up the mountain to a wonderful viewpoint over Corrie Fee, about a 4.5 mile walk (there and back), beside the River Esk. This was a lovely walk, it was a good loose gravel path all the way and there is the opportunity to continue on through Corrie Fee at the top. Unfortunately it was getting quite late when we got there due to a late start so we decided to head back rather than continue.
Sunday was rainy and we headed to Lunan Bay (apparently we just go to the beach when it rains 😂) There weren’t many people when we first got there so Oscar got a good game of fetch off the lead and when more people began turning up, Oscar had a play with some other dogs, so was in his idea of heaven! Another lovely day!
On Monday we travelled to Pitlochry (~1 hr 30 mins) to look at the salmon run, it was a little early to see the salmon but it was great to see and there were beautiful views over the river. Oscar had a nice little walk around and he liked looking at the view too!
Afterwards we drove to Montrose and Oscar had a nice sleep in the car while we went to have dinner in Roo’s Leap restaurant (very good!) and we then had a very quick trip to the seafront in the gorgeous golden hour. Then it was back home to have a cosy evening watching a film.
Crathes Castle via Cairn O’Mount Viewpoint and Bridge of Feugh, Banchory
Tuesday began with rather a long drive, we visited Crathes castle via the Fettercairn-Banchory road which takes you to an amazing viewpoint (of course Oscar had to pose for a photo) and then on to Banchory to watch the salmon leaping at the Bridge of Feugh, amazing to see! We had our picnic and got Oscar an ice cream from the ice cream van – yummy!
We carried on from Banchory to Crathes Castle for a nice forest walk as it was hot. We went to the café first for a nice cold drink and a snack and Oscar got some free biscuits. Then we started the forest trail. We got a little lost but a friendly local lady soon pointed us in the right direction.
On Wednesday it was pouring with rain so we mostly stayed in apart from a couple of little walks when the rain stopped
Glen Doll then a Birthday Party
On Thursday we went to Glen Doll in the morning for a lovely walk beside the river (and a nice swim for Oscar) before going to my cousin’s 5th birthday barbecue, a bit boring for Oscar who stayed in his crate most of the time but he still got lots of attention so he was happy.
It was Friday, our last full day of the holiday and we started the day once again with a walk beside the river at Glen Doll, gorgeous! We then went to a lovely little coastal town called ‘Stonehaven’. We’d been meaning to visit so on the last day we invited my Aunty and cousin along for a day out. We had an amazing ice cream from ‘Aunty Betty’s’ (Oscar shared one with my mum) and we walked along the seafront. Afterwards, we went back to my Aunty’s house for a cup of tea and Oscar had a nice play and some dinner. We then left Oscar there while we went out for dinner. He had a lovely time and didn’t want to leave (apparently he was a very good boy too!) After collecting Oscar we said our goodbyes and went home to finish packing ready for the next day.
Saturday morning we packed up the car and said goodbye to the lovely Tarabuckle! The journey home seemed a lot quicker despite numerous stops and we were home sweet home in just over 10 hours. All in all, a lovely holiday with gorgeous sights and Oscar had a lovely time, which was the main thing!