Happy New Year! Happy 2020! And Happy New Decade!
We start 2020 by reflecting on the year of 2019. It was a good year for us, and this post is such a great way for us to remember and appreciate everything we have seen, done ate and drank. Soaring Through The Sky is all about Travel and Lifestyle and in 2019 we focused on exploring our own back yard of Scotland- well it is such a stunning and diverse country that even in one year we haven’t got anywhere near completing it!
2019 Travel Destinations by Month
January Dundee V&A Museum and Loch Lomond
February London and Stirling
March Ayrshire- Alloway including Burns Cottage and Museum, Trump Turnberry for afternoon tea and an overnight stay
April Road trip to Guernsey via Herefordshire and Wales. In Scotland- climbed The Cobbler and Beinn Ime
May Fife on a Outlander location hunt- Falkland and Culross
July Largs- sightseeing and jet boat ride
August Edinburgh’s Military Tattoo, Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, road trip to Inverness and Speyside
September Guernsey and Bamburgh Castle
October Aberdeen road trip, Perthshire road trip, Stirling to see the Kelpies
November Leith, Fife, Dumfries and Galloway
December Christmas Markets in Glasgow and Edinburgh , Manchester meeting my dear friend Hine, celebrating the new year at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
Best of the Year
Best travel experience Road Tripping Mallorca
Best new destination Aberdeenshire
Best revisited destination Mallorca
Best Food Scotland Scott’s (Port Edgar Marina, Queensferry, EH30 9SQ), Stack & Still (West George Street, Glasgow G2 1PJ) , Alston Bar & Beef (Glasgow Central Station) , Cup for Morning Tea (Virginia Court, Glasgow G1 1TE) Johnstone Coffee Co. (High St, Johnstone PA5 8QG) Printworks Coffee (42 Constitution St, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RS)
Best Food and Drink Abroad Everything to eat and drink at No.31 (Puerto De Pollensa, Mallorca)
Best bars Head’s and Tales Gin Bar (1a Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD) Bavaria Brauhaus (30 Bothwell St, Glasgow G2 6NU)
Best accommodation Trump Turnberry
Best of the Rest of UK Sightseeing London- Walkie Talkie Building, London Dungeons, Camden, Welsh countryside, Guernsey, Bamburgh, Manchester
Best of Scotland Edinburgh’s Fringe, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, Glasgow Green fireworks for Guy Fawkes Night, free entry to Historic Scotland sites on St Andrews Day
Climbs The Cobbler and Beinn Ime
Road Trips to Guernsey, around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, a day trip around Perthshire and the island of Mallorca
Best Reads The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Cilika’s Journey by Heather Morris, The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton, Let Me Lie by Claire Mackintosh
Obsessed with Outlander Eagerly awaiting season 5- we have visited many fliming locations and also went to watch live filming in Paisley
National Trust Of Scotland We had a 12 month membership to NTS sites across Scotland. We visited many castles, stately homes, and important sites. Our favourites were Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House in Helensburgh, The Weaver’s Cottage in Kilbarchan and The Battle of Bannockburn in Stirling
Murals Went a bit mural mad, Glasgow has so many amazing Murals, you can’t help but get addicted to spotting them
Family 2019 was a big year for family celebrations- Pam’s Dad turned 60, Pam’s Gran and Papa celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary, and Shannon’s parents celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary. Being on the right side of the world helps being with family for big occassions!
Home at the end of 2018 we bought our first home together, an 1890’s farm cottage, only a 3-minute drive from Pam’s family (after travelling the world and living in Guernsey for so long, we never thought we would settle in Scotland)
What's in store for 2020?
Skiing in the french/ swiss alps in February
4x4 Mountain Safari in Scotland
A wedding in Croatia in May
No doubt more exploring Scotland
We would like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year!
Also, from the bottom of our hearts we want to say thank you for your support in reading this blog and encouraging us to keep going.