This year we rented a croft house up in Ullapool for our New Year. It was one of the best New Years we've had in a long time. So relaxing and so much fun.
Here we are just leaving Glasgow.... packed up and ready to go!
We picked our friends up from inverness airport and got to Ullapool and settled well in time for dinner. Popped open the prosecco!
We had dinner on the first night in one of the popular seafood pubs. It was such a laugh catching up with our friends. We were desperate for mussels but we ended up with crabs claws and to be honest we were kind of glad the mussels weren't on the menu when the claws arrived. They were really delicious!
We went to listen to Rhythm and Reel in the Arch bar that night and had quite a few drinks.
The next day we woke up a bit hazy and so went for a walk in the woods. It was lovely.
Even Pippa felt the effects of a late night the following day. I think she just liked the sofa - much comfier than ours at home. The house really was lovely. We had an open log burner and lots of comfy cushions to just collapse on.
We drove to the east coast and went to Portmahomack for a walk along the beach and of course stopped into the cafe in Carnegie Hall for our favourite seafood pancakes.
It was lovely.
We stopped off at the Ullapool deli and the deli at Storehouse of Foulis and bought loads of yummy food for dinner. We just ate so much that night.... fish, cheese, yummy biscuits, meats. It was amazing.
The next day we got up early and went up north. We had a very windy walk on Balnakeil beach.
Pippa really loves the beach
Even when it's windy!
Then of course we stopped off at cocoa mountain for the hot chocolate! Liquid heaven.
And on the way back we went to the Lochinver Larder for pie and mash to line our stomachs for the hogmonay festivities.
There was the most amazing rainbow on the way home. It was actually a doubler, but you can't really see it in this photo
Disco nap and then another bottle of prosecco to get the night cracking.
We went to the ceilidh in the village hall. It was so much fun - lots of dancing and giggles
On New Years day we went to a concert and then just spent the rest of the week chilling out, playing games and pigging out!
All in all the perfect holiday. Getting back into the routine of work on the 6th was a pretty big challenge!
Happy New Year. Got a good feeling about 2014! What did you do?