London to Argyll
I cannot believe it has been almost 4 years since I made the biggest decision of my life. I chose to leave my job as a Project Manager for a big company in London to run Blairmore Gallery and Coffee shop in the tiny village of Blairmore, near Dunoon in the Scottish Highlands.
That time has flown by. So much has happened I don’t know where to begin.
Art Gallery & Coffee Shop
The first year was a total blur. It was a huge learning curve taking over and running my own business and I’m still learning every year.
I have a great bunch of staff, my gallery gang, who have been with me since pretty much the beginning. They are like my extended family and I don’t think I could have done it without them.
Owning your own business is a rollercoaster ride. There are big highs and lows, laughter as well as screaming, but ultimately it’s a thrilling and exciting ride that you don’t want to get off.
Dunoon and Cowal Pennisula
I made the move here on my own. My immediate family lived down in England and I was single at the time. So I was a little worried about leaving friends and family; however the community here is so strong and welcoming, both in Dunoon where I live, and in Blairmore, where the gallery is located.
I joined a group of people called the Dunoon Hill Runners. Through the club, I have done things I never would have thought I’d do, like climb up mountains and run half marathons.
It’s a great social group and I’ve made so many friends through it and also met my man 😁
One of the reasons I moved here is because my father was from Dunoon. He sadly passed away when I was 1 year old, but my mum brought us to spend every summer in Dunoon to see my aunt and uncle and spend time in the area. For some reason I always felt more at home here than in London and I think I was always meant to be here.
The people are so friendly, it’s a great pace of life here and the scenery is second to none.
My “commute” to the gallery is a 20 minute drive along the coast, passing the Firth of Clyde, the Holy Loch and into Loch Long, with stunning surrounding mountains and wildlife. What more could anyone want from a place to live!
This is #myargyll