Scott and Fiance Carrie on a day trip to Helensburgh, Garelochead and Kilcreggan


Is a Staycation a new thing for you?

No, something I do most years. Growing up in the Borders we always used to go north as a family and as I got older just kept on doing the same. A staycation for me is all about adventure with family and friends. Climbing hills, riding my bike, having a drink in the quiet.

Who are you travelling with and why?

I recently took a day trip with Carrie, my fiancé, to escape the city post lockdown.

Is this your first time visiting here or have you been to Argyll and the Isles before?

I’ve been before. We often pass through as Carrie is from Fort William but we don’t often stop. I have been to Jurafest and explored most of the mainland but still have a few isles left to check off.

What have you done in the last 24 hours?

We first headed up through Helensburgh to Garelochhead - a road we had travelled before but we had never been round towards to Kilcreggan. So we made a left with no real plan. As we are in lockdown we had packed a lunch, flask of tea and some of Granny’s homemade shortbread/empire biscuits. We drove around admiring the coastline until we found a quiet bit to stop at Cove. We ate our lunch and admired the view and searched for some seaglass. We then continued round and north to take the mountain road over Glen Douglas which we had not done before. We stopped at the top and jumped out for a walk to eat Granny’s biscuits and have a cup of tea. We joined the Three Lochs Way and climbed to a high point to get the best views of Loch Long and Arrochar. We sat through a shower of rain and when it passed we were met with a stunning view.

What have you missed most about travelling over lockdown?

The wide open space, fresh air and the freedom.

Where do you most want to visit in Argyll that you’ve not been to before?

Coll and Tiree. I would love to go over to Tiree for the music festival when things return back to normality.

Did you discover a hidden spot or visit any new places?

Coulport Military Base, we knew of Faslane but we did not know about Coulport or the size of the one at Glen Douglas - pretty amazing how much is in this area and pretty well hidden. We also saw the house that was featured in the BBC drama series ’The Nest’.

How did you feel before and after visiting?

We felt we had an amazing wee perfect escape - round that way was very, very quiet. Although that went quickly as we passed down out to Glen Douglas and joined the A82 at Inverbeg. I should have know better for 4pm on a Sunday. But still worth it!