Early autumn has become one of our favourite times of year to go on a road trip. With the roof tent and supplies loaded onto the Landy we headed north to explore the Scottish Highlands.
(Heading off in our Land Rover. Marie is wearing her 'Nomad' Beanie)
Watching the colours change as we headed further up the country was magical. It felt like we were chasing autumn.
We made our base in the Cairngorms, an area of Scotland shrouded in forests, mountains and lochs, an outdoor enthusiasts paradise.
We stayed in the middle of the woods with a stream running alongside our camp. The trees rained leaf confetti every time the wind blew, and you could hear the water as you drifted off to sleep.
(Our camp in the woods, Marie is wearing her 'Daydreamer' Dungarees and 'Nomad' Beanie)
Golden light flickered through the trees as we cooked our morning porridge on our camping stove. The smell of fresh coffee and pine scented the air. The woodland floor, still wet with morning dew, had become a treasure trove of weird and wonderful mushrooms and toadstools.
We spent our days strolling around the lochs and capturing the changing colours on film. Here are some of our favourite spots:
- Loch Morlich. It is said to be the highest beach in the UK. It was really magical with the trees on the beach and the mountains as a back drop. You can hire canoes and paddleboards from the beach and there's a little cafe above serving hot scones.
- Loch An Eilein. This picture perfect loch has a castle ruins floating on a wee island in its center. At one point, it is close enough to the edge for brave souls to swim over and explore (always check the conditions).
- Rothiemurchus Estate. You can grab delicious hot meals at The Barn and stock up on local produce at the Farm Shop. We even had a go at clay pigeon shooting… if you’ve never given it a go we totally recommend it, it was so much fun!
(Strolling around Loch An Eilein, Marie is wearing her 'Daydreamer' Dungarees and 'Nomad' Beanie)
Our ’Daydreamer’ dungarees, ‘Nomad’ beanie and our soon-to-be-released socks
proved to be essentials on this trip. From clambering up into the roof tent, to rambling through the loch-side woodlands, they were durable and comfortable… everything you could want on a camping trip!
As we travelled home the trees got greener as the cold hasn’t quite reached us yet and so it feels as though we tricked Mother Nature into giving us a double dose of this golden time of year.
Lucy + Marie x