New Year, Port Patrick style

Happy New Year to you all! It’s been a busy few days over here spending four days away from home and getting ready to go back to work after two weeks off.

On 30 December we packed up the car for a 3.5 hour road trip to Port Patrick. The plan was to spend four days with 10 of our friends in two apartments joined on to the Port Patrick Hotel, all in the name of saying goodbye to the old year and hello to the new one.

Port Patrick is a picturesque little seaside village. Rows of houses painted different colours are punctuated by quaint village pubs, all basking in the glory of the spectacular view of the west coast of Scotland. It’s the sort of place you go to enjoy long walks, pub lunches and completely relax. And relax we did, not least to say because there was no wi-fi. This was an added bonus in a way as it meant none of us could work and we all had no choice but to really enjoy ourselves.

Every day, come rain, hail or shine we went for a walk into town. Our hotel was right on the cliff edge, meaning the views were fantastic. As you can see from the pictures, it was really windy, but with a view like that, I don’t mind a little wind in my hair.

On 01 January, a few of our friends did the Loony Dook, a Scottish tradition whereby people run into the water on New Year’s Day. I wasn’t brave enough to take the plunge – that water looked a little too cold for my liking! Instead, I stood at the edge with the rest of the onlookers and took photos.

Afterwards, tea and cake was a must, even for those that hadn’t run into the freezing west coast waters. I had a slice of chocolate and courgette cake, which was a new flavour combination to me, but delicious nonetheless.

When we weren’t exploring Port Patrick, we were in our apartments playing games, cooking lots of delicious food and generally having a merry old time. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend four days and see in 2015.

How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve? Whatever you did, I hope you had fun!


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  • http://meandmr.com Melanie

    Looks beautiful!!! I love all of these pictures!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • chiara

      Thanks Melanie! It’s not quite as exotic as your recent adventures but it was still a nice way to see in the New Year x

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    I love the looks of this village. Although I don’t think I could ever run into the water. Just thinking about it makes me feel cold! x

    • chiara

      My thought exactly, Amanda :-)

  • http://the.pyreflies.org Jessica

    The Loony Dook sounds like a fun tradition! I wouldn’t do it either though, I’d just stand and watch everyone else haha your hotel view is amazing!

    • chiara

      Thanks Jessica! I don’t think anyone could pay me enough to get anywhere near that water on a cold day. I’m not brave enough ;-)

  • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com bevchen

    What a lovely place to see in the new year! The cake looks delicious, too. Happy New Year!

    • chiara

      Thank you! And a Happy New Year to you too :-)

  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca Kathryn

    Honestly, this sounds like the perfect way to ring in the New Year. Your pictures and words are so filled with love, it gives me a warm and cozy feeling inside. Happy 2015!

    xx Kathryn

    P.S. I definitely wouldn’t have been brave enough to do the ice jump either!

    • chiara

      That’s such a lovely thing to say, thanks Kathryn! Yeah, I think those of us that stood at the side and watched rather than go in the water were definitely the more sensible ones ;-)

  • https://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni W.

    I don’t blame you for staying out of the water, haha. What a beautiful place to welcome 2015! And good point about lack of wifi being beneficial sometimes — it really does keep you from giving all your attention to the internet when you could be out living!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It was so cold Gianni, there was no way I was venturing in! And yes it was actually really nice to not have the internet for a couple of days – it was a complete break x

  • http://mirandasnotebook.com/ Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    What a great way to see in 2015! Looks like you all had so much fun (although I don’t blame you for staying out of the water – there’s no way I would have gone in!!). Your hotel looks so pretty too.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one that wouldn’t have ventured into the water ;-)

  • Rob_McB

    Such a lovely place and so much fun to start the New Year!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It so definitely was :-)

  • Rosie

    Beautiful pictures and I’d never heard of Loony Dook before but I can almost feel the cold from here! You’d have to be really brave to do that.