Eating Gluten Free in the Scottish Highlands

Fort Augustus

  • Monster Fish and Chips have a separate fryer for their chips as well as gluten free vinegar and gravy!
  • The Boathouse has gluten free options on their menu, however it was unfortunately closed.
  • The Lock Inn has a couple of gluten free options on their menu, but they were also closed.
  • The Bothy has a few different options available, we went there for dinner on Monday as it was the only restaurant open. They do currently have a restaurant curfew of 8pm due to covid, but the bar is open until 10 – outside drinking only.
Rump steak with veg and onions

Clashmore

  • Choc-o-Latte cafe & shop is a tiny cafe within a farm property we found on the way to the Stoer Lighthouse on the Assynt loop. Run by a lovely Belgian lady, the cafe offers gluten free hot chocolate and a couple of sweet options. I had a lovely meringue that had a tangy cream to combat the sweetness.

Isle of Skye

  • Broadford Co-op had a fantastic range of gluten free options. We picked up some chorizo sausages and bbq foods and had a great feed over a bonfire one night.
  • Uig Hotel Restaurant has a fair few gluten free starter options, including the soup of the day which was courgette and rosemary. A gluten free bun was provided as well (warmed up so must be from a frozen stash, but I preferred it warmed up). The only gluten free mains option is the venison, lucky for me that’s what I wanted!

Plockton/Duirinish

  • The Croft Cafe I found through a google search and we stopped in for a bite before heading over to Skye. I had some soup and a hot chocolate. Apparently there are Highland coos around everywhere but we didn’t see any the whole trip.

We saved a bit on meals by cooking in the van and snacking throughout the day. Van meals included cereal, minted lamb kebabs with roasted veg, BBQ and salad and pasta dishes.

Walking for Charity!

If you’re a long term reader of my blog then you would know that I regularly volunteer for a wonderful charity here in the UK called The Back Up Trust. Back Up help to support people who have spinal injuries as well as their families.

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Winter Park 2020

I like organising trips. And my friends and I like skiing (they are all better at it than me). So I organised a trip back out to Winter Park, this time for a group of 8 of us. I may have left it a bit late in the year to organise an overseas ski trip, however Caro and the team at The National Sports Centre for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colorado were AMAZING. We had five adaptive skiers and Caro was able to secure instructors and volunteers for us for a trip out in early March this year.

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Rambling in Riga

November meant it was time for me and Dan to go on our annual overseas (Christmas) trip. I have always wanted to go to the Baltics after seeing a lot of photos from friends who had been, so cheap flight prices saw us heading to Riga. The cheap flight did mean we had to be up at sparrow’s fart to make the departure so we decided to stay at the Hampton by Hilton which is right next door to Stansted Airport. I booked an accessible room which was huge. It had a big double bed (it was quite high) and a pull out sofa – the mattress was shit not the best. I shotgunned the bed as I was about to spend a week on a couch and Dan had to make do with the couch.

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Israel – Jerusalem

After Athens I found it was cheaper to fly back to Glasgow from Israel (with help from my British Airways Executive Club points). Luckily, I found a rather cheap flight from Athens to Tel Aviv. Why Israel? a) I found decently priced flights b) the history and c) the scenery! I had also heard that Israel is one of the safest countries to travel to alone as a solo female.

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Athens in 3 Days

After an amazing week back on Lemnos at Surf Club Keros I decided to stay a few extra days in Athens. Pete and Andy had a 21 hour layover, with pretty much the whole of the Thursday to spend in Athens. We had all booked separate accommodation so agreed to meet in the morning for a trip up to the Acropolis.

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