Well, that was a Christmas to remember, we spent Christmas in Scotland.
We’ve never done anything different for Christmas, always stayed at home, had the family to ours, which is lovely and I did miss them all. But it was so nice to do something different. We’ve created some wonderful memories, which the children can look back and remember our Christmas in Scotland which they loved.
Why did we have Christmas in Scotland?
I have always wanted to visit Scotland, I love getting out and exploring new places and Scotland looked so amazing for this. We are as far South as you can get (well apart from the Isle Of Wight!) in Southampton and we don’t have scenery like Scotland anywhere near us.
I also know someone who has had Christmas in Scotland for 3 years and loved it. I was so jealous of their trip as it just sounded so wonderful to get away from the craziness that Christmas always turned into each year. Each year Christmas came around and I would wish for it to be calmer, of course not Christmas Day as I love having my family around us and the excitement of the Children, but the lead-up and how much pressure there was to make it perfect each year.
And of course, snow on Christmas would have been lovely…..we didn’t get it, although we had an amazing frost on Christmas Eve that covered everything in ice and it looked pretty amazing.
Are we glad we did it?
Yep! 100%! The children loved it and it was so relaxing. I did wonder if they wouldn’t like Christmas away from home and it only being us 5 for one week, but they seemed to really love the excitement of doing something different. We explored so many new places and got to just stop and enjoy chilling out with them.
We went on walks, came back home watched films and played games. Not being distracted by the normal household stuff which would have normally been at home. It went too quickly and I would love to do it again.
Where did we stay?
We stayed in a very lovely house on the edge of Galloway Forest. It was about 45 minutes from the town of Dumfries, which did have everything you needed in. We even picked up our Christmas Tesco order to last us the week! Driving that far out meant we were in the middle of the hills! Everywhere does take a lot longer to drive to and from around there though as you can’t drive in a straight line!
We arrived on the Saturday after a 7-hour journey, with two stops so it took about 8 hours. This was pretty good as we left at 3:30am for a 399 mile trip! Everyone was super excited but me and Kev could have done with a little bit more sleep!!! We drove straight to our house, and Glenhoul Brae didn’t let us down. It was amazing and we felt very lucky to be staying in such a wonderful house for Christmas.
We had some requirements when we were looking for our Christmas house in Scotland
- Comfy looking sofas
- Wood burning fire
- Hot Tub
- Accepted dogs
- Close to places to visit
- Not too far out in the sticks in case it did snow or ice
Glenhoul Brae ticked every one of these, accept the hot tub, but take a look at my bath in my bedroom instead…….!
Where did we visit in Galloway Forest?
We were just on the edge of Galloway Forest so there were lots of places we could have visited. As it was Christmas in Scotland they do seem to shut up properly for Christmas.
Sunday – Bruces Stone in Glentrool and hunting for a waterfall (kind of!!)
Christmas Eve – Clatteringshaw Loch (My favourite place ever now) & Red Deer Park
Christmas Day – A lovely chilled Christmas Day in the house
Boxing Day – Loch Doon and climbing a mountain!!!
Thursday – Red Kite Feeding
Friday – Raiders Road Walk
There were Christmas Trees everywhere so I had to get one photo in front of one, didn’t I!
We filled our days and explored some lovely places, but it didn’t feel stressful, jam-packed and it was mixed with some nice times back at the house.
This is just what we wanted from our Christmas in Scotland and I am so pleased we’ve done it.
Have you ever fancied Christmas in Scotland? Or have you done it before?
Christmas In Scotland Video
I didn’t pay much attention to capturing videos this holiday, it’s always hard to capture both video and pictures at the same time. So I have popped together a few clips for our memories of a few things we did.