Tales from the weekend: The Wick edition


Last weekend, I spent a glorious few days in the Highlands. One of my closest friends moved to Wick earlier this year, and so it was a great excuse to go and see a very bonnie part of Scotland that I hadn’t visited before. I must caveat this post by saying that I had no real expectations of Wick, or any of the surrounding areas, but my friend managed to cram in a whole lot of beautiful places in a little over 72 hours. I’d now urge you to pay this part of the world a visit – it really is so pretty.

Firstly, there is Reiss beach, which is simply stunning. The sun shined all morning while my friend’s little girl played in the sand and ran in and out of the rock pools. I can see why it’s one of my friend’s favourite places.

On the same day we drove to John O’Groats – you can’t go to the very top of Scotland and not pay a visit to John O’Groats. There were some lovely brightly coloured cottages up there, that really stood out on the landscape. We had lunch, ate ice cream, and then headed for home. It was a perfect day.


An hour from Wick there’s Dunrobin Castle, which to me, looks like something straight out of a fairytale. And believe it or not, people do actually live there! There are parts of the building that are open to the public, which we spent lots of time exploring and imagining what life would be like living somewhere so grand. Before exploring the castle’s beautifully manicured gardens, we had a lovely bowl of soup in the tea room, which we both needed as houses that size are far from warm.

imageIt was a great weekend and thanks to my lovely friend, I got a real taste of the Highlands. How was your weekend? I hope you had fun whatever you got up to!


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  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    It looks like you had a great time with wonderful weather and beautiful landscapes. I would like to visit Dunrobin, it’s a shame it’s far from me.

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

      It is pretty much at the top of Scotland, so quite a trek for you Anca. But if you’re ever in that neck of the woods one day, I would recommend checking it out x

  • http://www.tender-roots.com/ Yelle

    what a beautiful trip! i love how there are historical landmarks everywhere in europe. so much history in your back yard!

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

      So true Yelle. I think sometimes we end up taking it for granted, when we really should’t. I know I sometimes do x

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    What a beautiful place! I hadn’t heard of Wick before now, but it looks incredibly lovely. Adding it to the list :)

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

      It’s a lovely place Gianni and well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area x

  • http://harrietemily.com Harriet Emily

    Wow, Wick looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this post, Chiara – I definitely know I need to take a trip to Wick now! The castle is so stunning – I am lost for words!!!

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

      I felt the same about that castle, I was so blown away by its beauty. Definitely somewhere I’ll be visiting again x

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

    Oh my goodness! What a fabulous place!! I would love to visit the Highlands. Your photos are so gorgeous. xxx

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

      Thanks Miranda! The Highlands are worth visiting, but I would definitely recommend wrapping up warm – it’s pretty chilly, especially at this time of year x

  • http://www.themidnightblog.com/ Charlotte

    I can’t believe people actually live in this castle! What a stunning place.

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

      It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it Charlotte? My whole flat would fit in one room of that castle ;-)

  • http://mitziemeeblog.com/ Mitzie Mee

    I’ve never heard of Wick before, but it looks like such a beautiful place. I would love to take a walk along Reiss beach someday but I guess it would be too cold to take a swim? :)

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

      I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to the cold, so for me it would be too cold to swim, but I’m told it can be quite pleasant on a warm summer’s day. Shame we dont get many of those in Scotland though :-(

  • http://www.birchjuiceblog.com Kasi Zlochevski

    Scotland looks so beautiful! Dunrobin Castle seriously looks like it’s from a fairytale, I can’t believe some people are lucky enough to live there.

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

      It’s the most fairytale-like castle I’ve ever seen, and Scotland has a lot of castles! I know, right, how amazing would it be to actually live there?x

  • http://www.naomiinwonderland.com Naomi

    Oh my gosh that looks gorgeous! I’ve been to Scotland once before and I definitely want to go explore more. Everything looks like it came straight out of a fairytale.

    N- Naomi in Wonderland

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

      It’s definitely worth exploring more, Naomi. We might not have great weather but we have lots of castles and a lot of history :-)

  • sileas

    How pretty this castle is! Never been to Scotland yet but it’s on my wish list now!


  • http://www.tapeparade.wordpress.com Laila

    Oh wow, what a beautiful castle! It looks stunning. That garden is exceptionally beautiful! It looks like a wonderful trip – between there and Madeira you have had some great trips of late :) xx