I was all set to let my 30th birthday pass with minimal fuss - with our wedding happening later this year I feel like that's enough attention for one year so was perfectly happy with a quiet birthday. B had other ideas though, and so on Friday I was whisked away for a surprise weekend at a mystery destination. In the car we went, Taylor Swift album on blast, and an hour later we arrived at a stunning castle in a small village near Stirling.
We spent Friday doing a bit of shopping in Stirling followed by dinner at Monteray Jacks - so unhealthy but so damn good. Sticking with the castle theme we spent Saturday exploring all the nooks and crannies at Stirling Castle. Despite the fact that I was F-ing freezing (I was giving my new leather jacket a test drive and needless to say I regretted it) I had a brilliant time. I always feel a bit of an affinity with castles - I feel weirdly at home in among the ruins. Perhaps I'm a distant relative of Mary Queen of Scots, ha!
We also visited the Stirling Smith Museum & Art Gallery in the afternoon, after a quick lunch at Pizza Express. The history of Stirling section was really interesting (can't say the same for the textiles section), and there was a cat snoozing in the entrance, so all in all a worthwhile visit. At night we went out for a fancy dinner at The Grill Room (thanks to my pal Iona for the recommendation). This was loooovely, and the perfect end to our weekend.
So thanks very much to B for taking me away for the weekend, it was the ideal way to spend my birthday. Next up is the second part of my birthday celebrations (which is also a mini hen do) with me flying to Paris on Thursday with my mum, sister, cousin & aunt. We're doing some Paris sightseeing and also a day at Disneyland and I can't wait! I'll no doubt be taking tons of photos so expect a post next week when I'm back :)
P.S. I also vlogged my castle break which will be up on my Youtube channel in the next few days