A Cornish Gnome in Scotland

We went on our first road trip as a family in 2011, all the way from Cornwall to Scotland.  We didn’t go straight to our destination though, we stopped at different places to stay with close friends in Bristol and Birmingham.  Then we visited Chesire and the Lake District before heading to stay for ten days in a cute and cosy log cabin by the woods near the spectacular Loch Awe in Scotland.

What do I remember about the place?  As expected, it rained a lot.  But the landscape was absolutely stunning!  It’s been more than two years now since we last visited and I’m still in love with the breathtaking scenery of Scotland.  We hope to visit again soon.

This photo was taken in the chapel of Dunstaffnage Castle near Oban, both the castle and chapel dates back to the 13th century. Can you spot the Cornish gnome, though really, she should be called a Devononian gnome, since she was born in Exeter, my husband though is adamant that she is Cornish.  Little T was about thirteen months old then.

I remember that day very well.  We went to see Oban for the first time and then it started raining.  On our way back to our house by the woods, it suddenly stopped!  So we decided to make a detour and visit the historical ruin and I’m glad we did because the place is a must-visit when in the area.  I prefer visiting crumbling ruins than restored and recreated ones.  For me there is more romance and mystery than a rehabilitated one, don’t you agree?

This post is linked-up with PODcast’s What’s The Story.

Hope everyone has a lovely week ahead of them!


  1. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    Little T is adorable, but I just love how you have ruins that you get to visit! That is so awesome!

    • Yes, that’s one thing I love about the UK, lots of ruins, castles old stately country homes to visit 🙂

  2. suzanne3childrenandit

    How funny that I should be reading this just as I am researching places to stay in the Lake District! Sad that it rains so much in Scotland (we are off there in August) but it is beautiful nonetheless and the ruins are incredible, aren’t they?

    • Where in Scotland? Love it there. Hoping to visit again soon 🙂 Love the Lake District too, we were only there for a couple of days and lucky for us, it didn’t rain! 🙂

  3. Charly Dove

    Look at little T – she is so small. Still adorable now though obviously! Sounds like a really great trip you had, always so nice reminiscing. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

    • Yes, she certainly looks like a little gnome there. Thank goodness, she’s grown! Hahahaha 🙂 She wouldn’t pass for one anymore! Still love the photo though.

  4. hurrahforgin

    I love ruins for the very reason you stated – just as i love period drama’s or novels set in days long gone by. Lovely to get a glimpse into how people may once have lived. Bless little T, she looks proper cosy 🙂 x

  5. Aww she’s so cute (and definitely Devonian!!). We’ve got family up near Oban and it’s just gorgeous, even in the rain. did you find that somehow the scenery doesn’t feel too different to the westcountry?

    • I agree, she’s definitely Devonian! 🙂 Yes, although I found the scenery more vast (there seems to be so much space!) and the clouds seem lower?

  6. Lovely photo, I agree – definitely like ruins to be left as they are… so much more interesting x

  7. Life in the Wylde West

    I love memories!! The image pulled me straight in, how gorgeous.

    Love your friend

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