At the end of January I went away to see the bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond and to breathe some fresh clean Highland air.
Step 1 Book your train tickets – I travelled from London to Edinburgh via the east coast trainline and tickets booked in advance with National Express are very reasonable. It takes around 4 hours from London King’s Cross station to Edinburgh Waverley station. Plenty of time to sit back, relax, read or just enjoy the scenery.
Step 2 Book your accommodation –There is a selection of organic bed and breakfast available at Organic Holidays although on this occasion I stayed in a city centre hotel which did offer you the opportunity to reuse your towels and also allowed you to control the temperature in the room so you could turn it down when you went out in the morning and turn it back up on your return.
Step 3 Explore Edinburgh and take a trip into the Highlands – I chose to explore the Highlands and Loch Ness and to visit Loch Lomond and it was well worth the effort as Scotland is beautiful whichever season you visit.
I travelled with Rabbies Tours who are Scotland’s first first bus tour company to achieve a gold award for the Green Tourism Award, a world leading green accreditation scheme, demonstrating Rabbie’s high level of commitment to protecting the environment and to sustainable tourism practices. Eric regaled us with stories as we drove a full mini bus up to Loch Ness and back via Pitlochory. It was a great feeling to know that we had reduced the number of vehicles touring through this beautiful countryside. We had plenty of stops to see castles and also spotted red deer. You can easily book online or ask at the Tourist Information centre.
Edinburgh is a lovely city to walk around with the castle, Holyroodhouse or climb Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park. It provides one of the best vantage points over the city to the countryside beyond. And after your walk check out the Urban Angel cafe and deli which had a delicious selection of organic produce to tempt you with. There is a large seating area at the back of the cafe so do not be put off if when you arrive the seats at the entrance are all taken!
So next time you fancy a break to why not consider Edinburgh and treat yourself to a green trip north of the border.