A Weekend in Scotland: Ben Nevis, the Isle of Arisaig and Edinburgh

To complete our three peaks Alice and I decided to head to Scotland to scale Ben Nevis, sea kayak round the eastern isles and meet the awe-inspiring General Sir Mike Jackson.

As time was short – we decided to catch an evening flight to Edinburgh and rent a car, which meant we got to the Ben Nevis Inn hostel quite late…

We would not stay there again as the “emergency” lighting which was shining directly in our faces. The plus side was that the attached restaurant is really fantastic (but we’ll get to that later).

After not quite enough sleep we started out on a day’s sea kayaking with Rockhopper. It was a perfect day and much more relaxing than we had expected. We covered about 15 miles and encountered a super friendly group of seals :). It was a great warm up for our climb the next day.

We were warned by our charming room mates that we should take as much extra clothing as we could carry and not worry about food as we would be too cold to eat it, unfortunately we didn’t take their advice, but it was spot on! It was surprisingly cold at the top and we couldn’t wait to get down! It took us about four hours in total, which wasn’t very impressive, but we were just happy we made it.

That evening we celebrated with a delicious meal in the Ben Nevis Inn. It was exactly the food you wanted after a long day in the mountains:

We headed back towards Edinburgh to have a quick peak at the Fringe Festival as Alice wanted to see some Circus… We walked around town the following morning, (having done a session of mysore yoga at MeadowLark studios) and then climbed Arthur’s Seat.

We both fell in love with Edinburgh and cannot wait to go back! The B&B we stayed in (6 Brunton Place) was a tranquil retreat from the hustle of the festival… it felt like our very own Hogwarts!

On our way back to the airport we were lucky to “bump into” an old friend while we were listening to a fascinating talk from General Sir Mike Jackson at the Beyond Borders Festival. Our friend just happened to have moved into Glen castle and he generously insisted we spend the night in one of his many beautiful rooms…

Africa Entsha – an achapella group from Johannesburg gave a brief performance on their way to the Edinburgh Fringe, which we loved! They are so uplifting:

 

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