fbpx

Oban To Inverness – Adventures With My Mom

SCOTLAND

Heather Markel, Best Selling Author, TEDx Speaker, Traveler, Full Time Travel and Business Coach

Fresh off our early morning flight from Iceland, we’re picked up by the driver we hired who brings us to Oban. We have a brief scenic lunch stop and then check in at our hotel. The room is lovely, and a shout out to Emily and her team at The Tartan Road who helped us with our amazing itinerary and making sure mom got treated very well!

Oban

We rented a car in Oban, and my “driving-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-road” experience in New Zealand served me well. Among our adventures, we went to the Kilmartin Glen where there are burial cairns and even some rock art! As we visit the various cairns, a rainbow lights up the sky.

Durres port

We take a ferry one day out to the Isle of Mull which I hadn’t been to previously. We enjoy a nice walk and have a quick tasting at the Tobermory distillery. It’s not my favorite Scotch, but it goes down nicely. One of the things I really like about Isle of Mull is the colorful houses. To get there, we took a ferry to Craignure, and then grabbed a bus to Tobermory. They run about once an hour, so you have to make sure to time your ride for the return ferry you want!

Dyrhólaey

Glencoe And Other Surrounding Areas

I drive us out to Glencoe on another day and we have a visit to Fort William and McCaig’s Tower in Oban. We were told there’s a hike up a hill where you can see Hagrid’s house from Harry Potter – the area where they filmed it and the house. Sadly, we can’t find it. In fact, I leave my mom for a few minutes and hike higher up to follow a family looking for the same landmark, and they, too can’t find it. Oh, well!

Northern lights 1
Northern lights 1
Northern lights horse

We decide to have afternoon tea at our hotel, and, you can let mom show you our thoughts on it…

Northern lights horse

I’m disappointed to find that the day we thought we’d do the Oban distillery, the tours are all booked, and we can’t even do a little tasting, but we have a quick look around.

Inverness

Up next is Inverness! The road there is very windy, and our driver is very fast. Not the best of combinations for us two ladies. We stop off at Urquhart Castle and thankfully have some respite from our car queasiness. Miraculously, the grey rainy day suddenly clears for our visit, and the instant we leave, it gets cloudy again.

Edinburgh fountain
Edinburgh fountain

We rent another car in Inverness and I have a wee bit of trouble on a roundabout so eventually pull off into a supermarket parking to calm down and get my driving mojo back. I take us all the way to Ullapool because, years ago, on my first trip to Scotland as a full time traveler, I met an immigration agent who, after verifying I wasn’t a threat to her country, just a little nuts to have quit my job to travel (back then it wasn’t so normal) told me I must go to Ullapool. She mentioned I’d see seals and it’s beautiful, and I had all these ideas in my head. Unfortunately, we didn’t see much of that, and after a quick lunch, take our leave. I snapped this photo just outside the town center.

Edinburgh fountain
Edinburgh fountain

As luck and fate would have it, I am about to see a couple of highland cows. Years ago, I had a Scottish boss, Elaine. Her sister owns a small farm in Beauly! Mom and I stop off there and I have a moment with the lovely cows, and meet Elaine’s sister. Our visit is quick because they’re closing and mom needs a loo. Another stroke of luck is there’s a distillery not too far away! We make it to Singleton in time for a flight and I take some of it in a driver’s pack to sample later. This is a very cool concept and a great way to keep your pockets lined with Scotch!

Culloden

I drive us to the Culloden battlefields the next day. We take a tour with a sprightly guide who makes it interesting and fun. We head outside with the group but it’s a bit nippy and mom doesn’t want to walk around the entire field. If you’ve read the Outlander series then this is a definite must-see location. The last time I went I got a photo of the grave of the Fraser clan. This time, we head back inside and get a bite of lunch, and then spend our afternoon exploring Inverness. Tomorrow, we’re off to The Orkneys!

mom and I at Fly Over Iceland

Our fun guide at Culloden

mom and I at Fly Over Iceland

Want to Start Traveling Full Time?

This is an amazing lifestyle! If you're looking forward to ditching your desk and discovering your destiny through full time travel, let's chat!

Most of what’s keeping you from what you want – full-time travel, a new business idea, a radical career shift – are your excuses. After one session with Heather, you’ll understand which excuses are holding you back the most, how to get them out of the way, and you’ll leave with an action plan that helps you set the foundation to pivot into the life you want.

You know you don’t like your job, but you can’t figure out how to survive without it. Designed for frustrated professionals the program focuses on teaching you the key steps to shifting your work and money mindsets, and giving you the money and work strategies to pursue, leaving you empowered to quit with confidence and see that it really is possible to live happily without a stable job.

Whether traveling full time was your dream before the pandemic, or after, this session will help you understand how to prepare, what you need to know, and how to get your finances in order to make it happen. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the “How To Afford The Travel Life” eBook. You’ll also get an understanding of both what’s great about full-time travel and some of the challenges. You can also discuss planning help, and how to get the most out of your experience.

It’s always been essential to understand your money, but if you’ve lost your job due to the pandemic, now it’s even more important that you create financial empowerment. In this session, Heather will work with you to first understand your gaps in managing your money, then she’ll help you with the framework on how to ensure you can afford the life you dream of. You’ll get tips to save and budget, and also discuss ways to earn money that will shift you out of feeling like a victim of the times, to seeing the opportunities in front of you to begin making money in a different way.

You want to quit and travel full time, but when can you go? This eBook gives you all the formulas you need to calculate when you can quit and afford the travel lifestyle you want, in under and hour.

Thanks to the pandemic, we’ve all had a chance to ask the question, “what now?” If you’ve decided it’s time to quit your 9-to-5 to travel full time (or take it with you while you live nomadically), this program will help you address the core mindset, money, and planning gaps you have. This is the program that will help you acknowledge and overcome your fears about what’s next, figure out how to afford and sustain your travels, and feel confident about planning your adventure. Book your free session to see if you’re a fit!

You’re finally serious about traveling full time, but you cannot figure out how you’ll afford it. Or, you’re just curious whether it’s really even possible to afford the lifestyle. Bootcamp is for you! We’ll go dive deep into savings strategies before you go, how to save on the road, and how to sustain your travels, as well as look at lots of work opportunities if you want to work while you travel! Includes a 3-day build your budget challenge to get you thinking about how to replace dreams with real logical steps to make it happen.

You’ve dreamed about traveling full time for as long as you can remember, and now you’ve learned that it’s a little more challenging than you thought. Get help getting through the initial shock and changes when you realize you’re not on vacation. Learn how to manage those experiences where you meet parts of yourself long forgotten, and create a plan to help you have the best experience with your journey.

If you want to see every post I’ve written, starting with the most recent, this is the place to start!


If you need some tips on getting started, traveling safe, and saving money while traveling full time, go here! 

I’ve been traveling the globe solo, and many of my posts share thoughts and resources specifically for other solo travelers. If you’re a fellow solo traveler, or you’re thinking about solo travel, this is a collection you will find of interest.

If you’re looking to read blog posts about specific destinations, click the country of your interest below to go to it’s blog page and get country-specific reviews and thoughts.

Africa

Argentina

Australia

Brazil

Cambodia

Chile

Costa Rica

France

New Zealand

Peru

Portugal

Scotland

Singapore

Thailand

Uruguay

Vietnam

 

Sometimes I write posts where I give insider information on certain cities I’ve visited, which may be more along the lines of places to go, how to save money, etc. If that’s your main interest, check out this compilation of posts.

In 2020, I was traveling in New Zealand as the coronavirus pandemic brewed, and, got stuck there. If you want to read about what this time was like and traveling during this time, check out this page.

At the heart of international travel is learning about the many different cultures and ways of being around the world. The posts compiled on this page speak, specifically, about the cultural observations I’ve had.

Many of my blog posts are about things I’ve discovered about myself or about being, while I’ve traveled. If you’d like to focus on posts that only have self-discovery themes, click the button below.