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A Girl’s Weekend Away to Scotland

When my friends suggested a weekend away to Scotland, I raced to book a train ticket. A girls weekend away sounded exactly what we needed after spending so much time apart. It’s not easy to make plans as adults who all live in different cities.  

Scotland has always been a personal dream destination within the UK: hiking up the highlands to witness where the skyline meets hillside and exploring cities rich in history. I even bought a polaroid camera for the occasion – the nostalgia! We just had to keep in mind that no matter the season, Scotland is known for its rainfall. We finalised our trip, spending three packed days exploring Balloch by Loch Lomond and a city break in Glasgow.  

Friday - Glasgow City Break

We really squashed everything we could into day one, trading our long train journeys for an early bottomless brunch at Browns Restaurants. We chose prosecco for £30 (4 glasses per person) however they also offer Moët & Chandon Impérial Champagne for £50 (4 glasses per person) with your brunch. We used this time to catch up on everything we had missed since we last met up!  

We took some down time walking around the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (free to enter). Buying our souvenirs while we could before heading to The Necropolis – Glasgow’s Victorian City Of The Dead that was modeled on the Père-Lachaise in Paris. You can either book onto one of their tours or purchase a guide book and go on a tour at your own pace around the grounds – we chose the latter and explored at our own pace.  

We booked ourselves on a Chocolate and Whiskey Tour (£30 per person) for the afternoon at Clydeside Distillery. They also offer general tours for £15 per person which includes a tasting of two of their whiskies that have been matured in either first-fill bourbon casks or first-fill sherry butts and a distillery manager tour for £120 per person where the manager himself shows you around the distillery. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour – our chocolate and whiskey even more!  

We stopped at the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner – we had to see what all the hype was about. We thoroughly enjoyed our burgers; I personally chose The Impossible Burger – their 100% plant based vegan burger and absolutely loved it!   

A trip to the spa was in order to finish off the day! Although we debated saving it till the final day after our hike, we couldn’t resist stopping at the Marriott Hotel Spa. They offer massages, pedicures/manicures, facials, etc. A few hours of relaxation and pampering is definitely needed before hiking through Scotland, maybe afterwards as well.  We all had relaxing massages and facials with some of us also choosing a manicure.

Saturday - Loch Lomond/Balloch

Our Saturday morning was spent travelling to Balloch for the stunning views of one of the many Lochs in Scotland. This Loch in particular – Loch Lomond – hosts the Sea Life Aquarium. The Sea Life Aquarium ranges from £12.75 to £17.75 to explore the creatures of the deep. None of us had been to an aquarium since we were young so even though we were visiting somewhere new, it was highly nostalgic. Balloch also hosts 1 – 2 hours cruises on the Loch as well as renting your own kayak. Tempting, very tempting.  

We visited Balloch Castle and Country Park before having a meal at the cafe onboard the Maid of the Loch.  

There are many spa hotels and hotels with Loch views in Scotland but since our day prior was spent at a spa, we chose a different hotel. We settled on Lochside Guest House for the six of us in Arrochar, which is a bit further out but provides gorgeous views of the Loch adjacent to Loch Lomond. We made sure we all booked rooms with loch views!  

Sunday

We had breakfast at the hotel before hopping on a bus to Balmaha to hike up Conic Hill. The hike is considered a moderate hike but once you reach the peak, the views are all worth it! You’ll be amazed – we certainly were even though it was a bit chilly. We stayed at the top for a scenic picnic with views of Loch Lomond before returning to Glasgow train station to travel back home. Sunday seemed the least eventful day, yet it was the most tiresome.   

Have you visited any of these places?  

Where would you recommend to visit in Scotland next time? 

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