After exploring Edinburgh, my mom and I headed west towards Loch Lomond and the outer isles. Our base for four days was a small mill cottage on the southern edge of Loch Lomond. The estate was filled with sheep pastures and given it was just after lambing season when we arrived, there was no shortage of adorable 'wee lambies' roaming the property. Our days at Loch Lomond were spent with day trips to surrounding lochs and castles and punctuated by bread, cheese, and wine at the end of each day.
Having a car allowed us enormous freedom to explore as far as we were willing to drive. Or rather, as far as my mom could drive, given that the car was a standard and I never learned this life skill. The roads in the Scottish highlands range from having two lanes to being unpaved, single track paths where you face down large tour buses (at your own risk). Our Volvo's GPS saved us a few times when wrong turns and confusing rotaries led us astray. But the best part of getting lost is finding the unknown, these moments often turn into your favorite memories!
Highlights of western Scotland include my first ever fish and chips at George's Street in Oban, an abandoned castle left to the fauna, and the overall green landscape dotted everywhere with sheep.