As the snow fell outside, we huddled together in the small bothy, taking shelter from the storm. We had set out on our first road trip of the year to the Kintyre Peninsula. And while we hadn't expected to find ourselves caught in a snowstorm, it only added to the sense of adventure that we would later come to associate with the trip.
(L-R: Our Land Rover at Saddell Bay, Marie wearing her 'Sunrise To Sunset' Sweatshirt & 'Adventurer' Beanie in Sea Fret Grey whilst taking photos, The view across the Kilbrannan Sound)
The long journey to Saddell Bay was one of our favourite parts of the road-trip. We drove through mountain passes and followed miles of beautiful winding roads along loch edges. The scenery was breathtaking, with its wild, untamed coastline. We spent our days exploring the area, paddleboarding on the Kilbrannan Sound and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters.
(Lucy wearing her 'Wild Dreamer' Sweatshirt & 'Explorer' Beanie in Expedition Orange whilst taking in the view across the Kilbrannan Sound)
But it was the unexpected moments that made our trip truly special. We had been paddling on the sound on what seemed like a calm afternoon when we noticed some very ominous clouds forming over the snowcapped mountains in the distance. In what felt like the blink of an eye those same clouds had reached us. It began to snow and the wind started to whip the water. We quickly realised that we would have to seek shelter.
Luckily we were close to a tiny bothy so we paddled like mad and headed straight there to wait out the storm.
(The Bothy in Saddell Bay)
We managed to get the fire roaring and cosied up around the old farmhouse table to play cards. From the bothy’s sash window, we could see that the weather was settling down and it was safe to set off back down the bay. We left one of our ‘Neptune’s Nightcap’ candles for the next folk who like us needed a bit of warmth to wait out the weather.
(Walking back to Saddell House)
The Kintyre Peninsula will always hold a special place in our hearts, and we can't wait to return to this magical part of Scotland. It was a trip that reminded us of the importance of embracing the unexpected. Sometimes the best adventures happen when we least expect them!
Lucy + Marie x
p.s the bothy was the very same one used by Paul and Linda McCartney back in the 70s for the song ‘Mull of Kintyre’ music video!
Where we stayed: Saddell House, Landmark Trust