I love living in the city – it’s a massive part of the way I go about my day to day life and I couldn’t imagine living any other way right now. The energy, the sights and even (at times!) the sounds of city life are exciting – especially in a place like Glasgow, where there’s never a dull moment!
Spending most of my time in the hustle and bustle means that I place a lot of value in being able to find somewhere that is truly relaxing, where I can unwind and enjoy some quiet downtime. if you’ve been reading here a while you’ll know by now that I’m a huge believer in investing time in yourself to avoid burning out! It had been a particularly busy few months when I was invited by Argyll Holidays to spend a long weekend in the Scottish countryside – talk about amazing timing – with a couple of my best blogger buddies.
No distractions, no noise. Just fresh air, beautiful scenery and good company. Oh, and a hot tub! It sounded like a little slice of heaven, and I was practically throwing my pyjamas in a bag before I hit ‘reply’!
So, a few weekends ago, I hit the road with Ayden and Lori and headed out to Hunter’s Quay in Dunoon – only an hour’s drive plus a short ferry ride from Glasgow. Armed with face masks, 90s playlists (c’est la vie!) and enough snacks to feed a children’s birthday party (trust me, the phrase “ooh, I guess since we’re on holiday…” was used a LOT over the few days!), it wasn’t too long before we were driving up through the hills and ready to check in.
Hunter’s Quay is one of Argyll Holidays’ award-winning sites, located on the banks of the Holy Loch. We hopped out of Ayden’s swish new car and into our Oak Premier Hot Tub Lodge, which was bright and spacious with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and (of course!) a private deck with our own hot tub!
All of the bedrooms were kitted out with comfy beds, flatscreen TV’s and plenty of storage space. We ended up taking a room each, though if we had wanted to share it wouldn’t have been a tight squeeze. The living, dining and kitchen space was open plan and fitted with everything you need for a weekend away.
At night, we ate, talked, relaxed, hot-tubbed and enjoyed the lodge before getting in a good night’s sleep. It might have been the clean, country air, or it might have been the fact that it was SILENT outside, but I got the best sleep I’d had in ages! I woke up the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to go and explore with the girls.
But first, it was time for breakfast. And coffee. With my cup in my hand I slid open the living room door and walked out onto the wraparound balcony to take in our view…
I could get used to seeing that every morning!
We decided to go to nearby Inveraray and Loch Fyne, in search of local produce which we found in abundance! Loch Fyne’s deli was packed with the most delicious-looking food and surrounded by stunning scenery. We picked up some nibbles for the car and continued towards Inveraray, where we spent a couple of hours.
While in town we checked out come of the local stores, took in the majestic beauty of Inveraray Castle and grabbed lunch at a really cute cafe called Brambles. If you find yourself in Inveraray, this is where you want to eat!
On our drive back to the lodge we spotted some highland cows, and some pretty walking trails which we would have explored if the weather had been a bit nicer.
That night, we had a super girly night in with movies, games and facemasks. We discovered that there is no end to Lori’s talents, that Ayden will fall asleep pretty much anywhere (aww!) and I somehow ended up hooked on The Hunger Games (who’d have thunk it?!). There are a lot of positives in the blogging community, but one of the most awesome things of all is clicking with genuine people that become friends offline too and that you can be your daft self around.
Continuing the spirit of “we’re on holiday, we can do what we like”, we had a cheeky lie-in the next morning. A little later, Lori headed up to the on-site leisure complex (which has a jacuzzi, two pools and a sauna) for a swim while Ayden and I hung out and enjoyed the mountain and loch views from the balcony. We both remarked how well we’d slept again and how nice it was to take things at a slower pace for a change.
We had one last dip in the hot tub before we got ready to leave our little bubble and join reality again! Before we headed for the ferry we decided to grab some food at Hunters Bar & Grill. Three words: tattie scone nachos. I’m not kidding! I couldn’t leave without trying them (and I’m so glad that I did!).
A chilled-out weekend away with the girls was just the thing to help this city slicker recharge her batteries and, if you’re looking for a country getaway that isn’t too far, I’d recommend checking out Hunter’s Quay by Argyll Holidays. You can find out more about where we stayed here!
If you live in a busy area, how do you like to unwind? And have you ever tried tattie scone nachos…please don’t say I’m the only one?!
A huge thank you to the team at Argyll Holidays for showing us a good time!