Monday, 12 May 2014

Isle of Islay, Scotland: Tarbet, Gleneagedale & the World's Best Breakfast

So we went on a quick break to Scotland a few weeks ago. Sam had a few days when his work place was closed so I stole the opportunity and got him to agree to a trip away. Wasn't that hard really. I gave him the task of deciding where to go and he surprised me with choosing Scotland. Little did I know he had bigger go to Isle of Islay where they have 8 different whiskey distilleries! He covered the idea up by suggesting it was the best place to take our new motor since we could practice driving and get used to her. 

So introducing Duchess. (the third). 

We left pretty late in the afternoon because we were anxiously waiting to pick her up. Finally after we were given the keys we drove straight up to Tarbet which should have taken 5hrs but took 7 because of traffic. It went quickly though because we were working out what buttons did what in the new car and powered through with snacks and a service station KFC sharing box. 

We arrived late that evening and went straight to the comfiest bed I've ever slept in. It was amazing. We stayed at the Glebe Country House right on Loch Lomond. Sadly driving up we couldn't see any scenery so when we woke up in the morning we were surprised with all the beauty surrounding us! I could not recommend this place to stay enough! This was only a one night stop for us but it was so worth it. We sat right in the bay window for breakfast the next morning where we ate a buffet of fruit, cereal, yoghurt and toast followed by a cooked breakfast with a tattie scone too of course! Even though we were the only two staying they went all out for us. Such great hospitality! 

Above was the view from our bedroom which we were sad to leave but we had to head off to catch the ferry to Islay. It was a 2hr journey so we had to treat ourselves to a cold brew. 

It was a 10 minute drive from the ferry to our next place to stay. Glenegedale House. What a place! I can't tell you how much of a treat it was to be here. We had no expectations at all, in fact we didn't look too much at it because we literally booked this 2 days before we were due to leave for Scotland and boy, were we spoiled! We were shown to our room as soon as we got there which was beautiful and then given afternoon tea in the main lounge straight away. So welcome after a long journey and so delicious! We couldn't believe what we'd walked into!

Our first nights dinner was booked for us by the couple running our b&b and they recommended a great place where we enjoyed a three course meal finished off by a drink at the whiskey bar where they were playing live music!

Breakfast was equally a very pleasant surprise! We had a breakfast buffet of all the fresh fruit you could think of, yoghurt and cereals followed by porridge if you wanted and a cooked breakfast complete with haggis!
The host also made banana bread, muffins and other baked delights! This was all set on vintage crockery. It could not have been more perfect.

More on Isle of Islay in the next few posts...

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