Holiday in a Day: Coast, Garden, Well, Forest

holiday in a day: window by Portsoy Harbour
Window by Portsoy Harbour

Originally posted August 2022. I went out for the day. I ended up visiting so many places that it felt like having a whole holiday in a day. It’s been a really long time since I did this. There’s been wee local trips here and there since this latest bout of illness. But it’s been years, literally, since I’ve been out in this way. Other ill times and lockdowns all stopped play for me in this regard.

I didn’t know how far I’d get, so just took one small step of the journey at a time, sharing on Twitter and Instagram as I went.

Holiday in a Day: the Red Well

the Red Well

First was the Red Well by Whitehills. I won’t write about it now as it features in SISTERS and deserves its own post (see that post here). It was beautiful, though, and provided a gentle start to the outing.

Portsoy Harbour

A little further up the coast, I came to the wonderfully scenic Portsoy Harbour, its window and dolphin sculpture also pictured above.

Holiday in a day: Portsoy Harbour

Speymouth Forest

The trip was going well, so on I went, and soon reached deep and dark Speymouth Forest.

Trees at Speymouth Forest

I didn’t walk far, but there was so much beauty to be seen everywhere in the old woodland.

holiday in a day: canopy of trees

Lots of little pathways.

pathway in the forest

Biblical Garden

On and on I travelled, still feeling good. I took a walk in the Biblical Garden at Elgin. This garden contains 110 plants that are mentioned in the bible. It’s an interesting and peaceful place to visit, maintained by the horticultural students of Moray College.


Samson in the biblical garden

A rainbow:

Holiday in a Day: rainbow of flowers

Then the fear kicked in. Two competing fears actually. One that I might exhaust myself back into being ill, and the other that I might become ill again so should do as much as possible in one day.

I compromised by sitting quietly by the sea at Sandend for a while before heading home.

Holiday in a Day: Sandend
Note the jumping and boating people in the background!


I made a short TikTok video of the day. I am new on there and really don’t know what I’m doing yet. Any advice welcome!

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28 Replies to “Holiday in a Day: Coast, Garden, Well, Forest”

  1. So many beautiful things you brought to us in a day. Thank you for sharing your journey; may it be the beginning of new strength for you. I will be so glad to read SISTERS.

  2. I enjoyed your one-day holiday virtually. My sister and I visited Scotland a few years ago. Several places you mentioned were familiar to me — Portsoy and Elgin, especially. I’ll always remember the spectacular flowers in Elgin. I wish we could grow such gorgeous flowers here in North Carolina. I enjoy your blog.

  3. It’s nice that you got to visit these beautiful places. The pictures are lovely too. The Biblical garden fascinated me! I wonder who came up with that idea!

  4. Being careful is certainly advisable, but I am so glad to see that you can do these trips at all! So beautiful photos!
    I have good memories from Elgin. My friend and I spent two days there on the first Scotland trip. The hostel warden was very surprised “nobody stays two nights in Elgin”. We did, after having been in Inverness, we appreciated Elgin. (It was during main European summer school holidays, Inverness was packed.)

    1. It has a lot going for it, Elgin. So often it’s just a place that people pass through on their way to other things. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay.

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