Bean On A Scottish Safari

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It's been less than 48 hours since I returned from Scotland and while I am so happy to be home with my boys, my dogs and my bed (I missed ya you comfy beauty!) I am already missing this beautiful country. I have a mild case of jet lag which is actually working to my advantage right now. When you work full time and have a never ending list of to-do's, it can be hard to find time to blog. Well, I'm finding the time now since I am up at 4am (9am in Scotland) so let me take you along on my Scottish Safari!

Scotland land rover tours

AMH and I booked a Land Rover excursion through Highland Safaris in Aberfeldy. We opted for the private charter as we wanted to be able to get behind the wheel of the Land Rover and see just how these handle over rough terrain (I'm working my magic to try and get my hands on a Land Rover here in Canada as they are no longer making them). The tour starts at the Highland Safaris facility and heads straight to a course they share with a local logging company in the Tay Forest Park. We had to move to the side more than once to let a rather large lorry (that's what they call trucks in the UK) with logs as his cargo pass by. 

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There were a few stopping points on the tour where you can take in the beautiful scenery and wildlife, including the red deer farm below. You can select either a morning (9am) or afternoon (1pm) tour. We spent the morning in the Highlands in Glencoe and knew it would take two hours to make it to Aberfeldy so we went with the afternoon 1pm tour. The afternoon sun felt wonderful as the temperature was dropping and the wind was biting. 

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Outfit: Classic Sherpa-Lined Utility Jacket (c/o L.L.Bean)
Scarf (purchased from Highland Safaris) | Jeans | Socks | L.L. Bean Boots | Shirt

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Was I ever thankful to have brought L.L. Bean's new Classic Sherpa-Lined Utility Jacket with me on this excursion. It felt as though the higher we drove up the mountain, the colder it got! While I was wearing a warm flannel shirt, the sherpa lining in this jacket is what kept me from freezing (also the warm tea and shortbread break helped, too!). The dusty olive colour is a classic and the 3% spandex mixed with cotton makes the jacket comfortable for driving. My pet peeve is jackets that you can't move your arms in!

This rugged style borrows heavily from the boys. There are pulls on the inside allowing you to cinch in the waist which makes this utility jacket flattering for women. I like my jackets to be loose and comfy so I only pulled the jacket in slightly to flatter my frame.

I selected this outfit purely for comfort and warmth knowing that we would be spending all day outside. What I didn't expect was how much I would use the pockets on the jacket! I stored our keys, money, camera accessories and cell phones in the money pockets. Thank goodness they have secure buttons because the ride was rather bouncy in spots! I can't wait to wear this jacket at home with stripes (cute) and with navy fisherman sweaters (navy and olive, classic fall combo!)

land rover adventure

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One thing you may not know about me is I cannot drive standard. Seriously. When my husband and I were teenagers he bought a standard car and tried to teach me (same with my mom). After driving around for a while, I stalled the car at an intersection and couldn't restarted it. So I did what anyone would do - I panicked, got out of the car, made my husband drive us home and I've never tried driving standard again! Fast forward 18 years and here I am driving a standard on the opposite side of the car, on the opposite side of the road! Yes, our kilted tour guide had to shift for me but whatever. I did it. 

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And I even enjoyed it! I drove over some really sloppy and slippy ground and even slid the truck a bit sideways at one point but our guide told me where to steer and I easily corrected the truck. The only issue I encountered is when the guide asked me to turn down a very steep lane. In true stubborn fashion I said no and wanted to get out of the drivers seat right away! 

I love driving but I'll admit I do not enjoy off-roading as much as I enjoy driving city streets. I'm more of a cruise to my newest playlist on the way to a Instagrammable pumpkin patch sort of gal. AMH is more of the adventure driver kind of guy (he used to love pulling the hand brake on that old standard when we would hit ice. Teenagers. Go figured). He enjoyed driving the truck but since he drove 4 hours earlier that morning and still had a 2 hour drive back to our flat in Glasgow, I think we had his fill of driving for one day. 

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After riding around for 2 1/2 hours, we finished our Land Rover adventure back where we started. The main facility houses a gift shop (which I recommend you check out if you ever find yourself here. We bought wool scarves and wool blankets for much cheaper than in downtown Glasgow) and a cafe (while we waited for our tour to begin we ate sandwiches and Irn Bru in the cafe and both were lovely)

We headed back to Glasgow on the A9, making a few stops along the way. We finished the day with a traditional Scottish dinner, fish and chips with more Irn Bru, and quickly fell asleep in our flat. Spending the full day outside really wore us out!  
  1. What a neat adventure! Looking forward to reading more about your travels!

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  2. Fantastic photos and a great adventure. Scottish agrees with you, you look great!

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  3. Such an amazing trip, and my gosh those views! Incredible <3
    Green Fashionista

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  4. The title of this post is so clever!! I really enjoyed watching you Instagram Stories of the Land Rover excursion! It's fun to read more about it.

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  5. Such a beautiful country, and what a safari! It was great to hear about your adventures!

    Mary
    https://www.themarycurator.com/

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