On the last weekend in December, I spent the weekend away with my family in a Perthshire town called Crieff. We stayed at a lovely hotel called Knock Castle. The hotel itself is a converted Castle, complete with two restaurants, bar and sports centre including a swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
Despite popular opinion, Scotland can be beautiful when it is sunny. There is nothing nicer than a crisp sunny winter morning. The view from breakfast was amazing, you can clearly see the contrast between the snowy mountains and the village below.
As promised I wore my Jaeger coat.
My Mum and I spent the morning wandering around Crieff, and visited one of my favourite places, an all year round Christmas shop called The Nutcracker Christmas Shop. Despite it having just been Christmas, I loved being in the shop. Each little room is categorized by colour, white, gold, red, which leaves you with visions of how your house should look. I am moving into my flat next September, and will admit that I have already bought a Christmas tree. You can imagine my excitement in being in the room. I picked up some Christmas napkins, confetti (naturally) and a Scottish bagpipe ornament.
Crieff is a picturesque town, the one mile walk up to the main street was lovely with views as below.
Once on the main high street, my Mum and I found the cutest little Sugar Mouse competition. The local confectioners, Gordon and Durward had placed sugar mice in each of the shop windows. How many can you find?
Admittedly, whenever we saw a shop window with the sign we crossed the street and looked at the window. Such simple fun.
Knock Castle is a small hotel with various suites, lounges and bedrooms, each named after something Scottish.
The food was my favourite bit, being a student having the opportunity to have gourmet food was lovely.
For starters I had mushroom linguine, fresh mushrooms will always be a favourite dish of mine.
Sea-bass with poached eggs and potatoes.
Finally, apple crumble.
If you are looking for a weekend away I could not suggest Knock Castle more, it is only an hours drive from Glasgow and the perfect opportunity for an escape to the countryside.