Scotland. Lochgoilhead & Dunoon

I look forward to going to Scotland every winter. Sadly this year I spent the entire holiday feeling very poorly indeed. Back home, whenever someone asked me how the holiday was I replied with "Well the medical centre was excellent, and the three pharmacies I visited were lovely."
That being said, staying indoors wasn't too bad, with these views to admire...

We rented the most charming and secluded cottage.  If I won the lottery I would buy it (I liked it that much!)

When I was feeling up to it, I didn't have to venture too far to see more of the scenery. The cottage is surrounded on all sides by secret pathways and spectacular views.

The most spectacular part was perhaps the three waterfalls, which you surrounded the house and could be heard everywhere you went.

The village of Lochgoilhead doesn't offer much more than a medical centre and a post office, but the one benefit of having to make multiple trips to the pharmacy, is that you get to see more of surround…

Chatsworth Christmas Markets

Christmas is possibly my favourite time of year. For me it all kicks off around mid-November with a visit to the Chatsworth Christmas Markets.
We all pile into a car (including the dogs) and take the scenic route into the Peak District. 

If you love period dramas as much as I do you'll probably recognise the house... 
It's perhaps most famous for playing 'Pemberley' in the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (starring Keira Knightley)

We always start our day out either touring the house or exploring the estate. The house is themed differently each Christmas and this year's theme is Great Expectations
However, on the day we visited the weather was too glorious to spend the morning indoors so we ventured out onto the estate...

Where we attempted to tire this little rascal out...

We climbed up the hill through the ever changing Autumn colours until we reached the folly...

Where we stopped for a while to enjoy the view.

Jacket: New Look Jeans: Marks and Spencer B…

Sullivan's Island & Shem Creek

This is the last of the posts from my American Road Trip. I'm sad not to have an excuse to relive the memories but I'm excited to plan some fresh content!
For the final day of our trip we decided to unwind on Sullivan's Island, and do one of my favourite activities: Brunch! (A much bigger deal in America - but thankfully it's catching on over here.)
Charleston is a cyclists city and thankfully our hotel included bicycle hire in our resort fee (most places do this but it's still a good idea to check). So we borrowed a couple and headed out to the coast. We passed by the picturesque Shem Creek en the way and were drawn back here for a last meal before heading for the airport.

Charleston's Charm

I am just going to say it... I think Charleston is possibly the prettiest city I have ever visited. Not to mention the most warm and welcoming. It really showed us some amazing southern hospitality.
We only stayed a couple of nights, but I could easily live here. 

On our first evening we arrived starving after a long, long drive. I had heard wonderful things about Magnolias but sadly they couldn't squeeze us in. So here is my hot tip: head next door to it's sister restaurant Blossom. Which is every bit as good and much less crowded. 

For shopping; you can't beat King Street, but the market hall was fun to wander through and we also found a fun farmers market on the square (held once a month).

Mostly though, I spent my time in Charleston drooling over dream houses and other pretty places.

Oh, and if you want to splash out on a fancy dinner - try this place. I celebrated by birthday with a Bison steak which I am still talking about now.