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Cute Highland Cow Calf – Weekly Hump Day Photo

Weekly Hump Day photo of a super cute Highland Cow calf in the Scottish Highlands.



This week we couldn’t just put up only one Hump Day photo as this was definitely the cutest Highland Cow calf we have ever seen!

We were recently driving in the Isle of Skye when we spotted this tiny guy. Prepare yourself for a cuteness overload.

He seemed curious as to what we were doing so wanted to take a closer look.

Cute Highland Cow pictures

He than became intent on grabbing his next meal from the spiky fronds on the small pine trees.

Highland Cow pictures

We just missed the shot when his tongue was poking out!

Highland Cow Calf pictures

Finally he got bored with us and the spiky fronds so gave in and snuck off to be by his mummy again.

Highland Cow and calf

We had never seen a baby Highland cow (or “coo” like the locals say) and were glad we had this perfect opportunity. It definitely helps put a smile on our face when we look back at the photos and helps us get over Hump Day.

If you want to get up close with one in Scotland then follow our guide to driving in the Scottish Highlands for the best opportunity.

If you don’t know what Hump Day is then check out this post. Basically each Wednesday we post up a picture of something that we have found helps us imagine NOT being at work and helps us get to the weekend faster. It could be just a relaxing beach, a surfing location, a great snorkelling spot, a destination or in this case a super cute Highland Cow calf!

Does this cute Highland Cow help you get over Hump Day?

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Ayngelina

    April 11, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    That coo is adorable!

  2. Sophie

    April 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    What a little beauty!

  3. Angela

    April 11, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Omg this is pure gorgeousness!

  4. Laurel

    April 11, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Got an audible “awww” out of me and put a smile on my face.

  5. EurotripTips

    April 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Oh my God, you just made my day! The CUTEST thing ever! (Don’t tell my cat I said that. I do not trust her while I’m asleep).

  6. Yvonne

    April 11, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    awwwwwwwwwww!!!! sigh.

  7. Laurence

    April 11, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Yep.. that is one cute cow 🙂

  8. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    April 12, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Soooo cute. I could do without the dude with the horns, but the others I’d keep!

  9. Neil

    April 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    The mrs just saw this and now she wants one. Cheers guys 😉

  10. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    April 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    What a ridiculous little furball! Do cows like to be cuddled? Because I’d totally cuddle this baby cow if given half the chance.

  11. Jarmo @ Arctic Nomad

    April 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Woah, I did not think cows or calfs could be cute, but I stand corrected…:)

  12. Carole Terwilliger Meyers

    April 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    The moo-ther cow must be very proud! Wish I’d seen one up this close when I visited Scotland.

  13. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    April 14, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Seriously that’s the cutest animal I’ve ever seen!

  14. AlexBerger

    April 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Absolutely adorable. I think I let out an audible “awww”.

  15. Laura

    April 16, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    OMG! Another post with cute cows. They are so fluffy! I want one!

  16. Sherry

    April 19, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    Cows have always fascinated me. I have lots of cow stuff in my home. But I never thought they could be so cute, too. Wow!

  17. Lesley Peterson

    April 21, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    One of my most vivid memories of Scotland is riding on a train through the highlands, thrilled to spot shaggy cattle and shaggy little horses with their hair blowing in the wind. But Torontonians don’t need to go to Scotland to admire a shaggy “coo” – there are a couple you can get within touching distance (not recommended) in the zoo pens at High Park. The horns, the hair, the lovely coat and massive warm eyes – they are gorgeous (and huge)…

  18. Lisa Theirl

    April 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Lovely coo! I must admit that I didn’t spot a single one on my most rcent visit to Scotland. I did, however, see lots of lovely baby lambs from the train window as I travelled from Edinburgh to London. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Laura @Travelocafe

    April 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    For sure… ohhhhhhh.

  20. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    May 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    So cute! I wonder if his mom would mind if I snuggled him just a bit 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      May 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      She seemed pretty placid so I am sure she wouldn’t mind 🙂

  21. Gina

    September 1, 2012 at 5:41 AM

    Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, I am on cuteness overload. I don’t know why I never thought before what Highland cows look like as babies. The cutest things ever! Ok, I will stop commenting about the cute baby coos now. 🙂

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  23. Yaj

    December 14, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    I First came across these guys during an international assignment in Australia on a visit to Churchill Island! Never ever saw these in America.

    • Cole Burmester

      December 14, 2012 at 3:43 AM

      They are a little bit weird looking with their fringes aye! But very cute 😉

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5 European Cities to Visit in the Dead of Winter



As one of the most polarizing seasons, winter could be termed as both a blessing and a curse by those who like making the most out of nature.

After all, while it brings about the opportunity to build snowmen and to ski on magnificent ice slopes, it also brings a chill to the bone and a desire to never get away from the fireplace.

Don’t forget about the hot chocolate either.

That is why, when it comes to vacationing in winter, it gets quite difficult to choose from a location – especially when the destination is as diverse in climate as Europe. Do you select a place that’s sunny and warm? Or somewhere that lets you enjoy the ice and cold in the best ways possible?

To make that decision easier for you, here are 5 European cities that you could visit in the dead of winter, with the assurance that you would come out of the vacation phase with a smile on your face.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a city that is synonymous with sunshine, warmth, and some of the world’s most breathtaking architecture.

The temperature rarely drops below 45 degrees even in the coldest months of the year. While the sunshine remains present amidst the rainy days. This means that you can enjoy the best effects of winter without having to endure the worst of them.

If you happen to be a fan of football, then these effects can be increased by several times. This beautiful city is home to one of the greatest football clubs of all time and with Barcelona FC in contention for a championship virtually every year, odds are you’ll be walking out with a smile on your face after watching a win. Not a bad way to take a break from the beach!

Athens, Greece

While you wouldn’t be able to go to Mount Olympus’ mythical version in this day and age, you can still experience Greece’s magnificence through the beautiful city of Athens.

Like Barcelona, Athens also sees rare drops in temperature while being consistent around 45 degrees throughout the heaviest months in winter. With the architecture that you can experience under the sun, this weather can actually be ideal for an exploratory walk.

And if you are a fan of Greek food, then checking out local restaurants for authentic dishes would only add to the overall experience of your trip.

Venice, Italy

Since Italy is full of some of the most breathtaking architecture in the world, it would be quite debatable to say that Venice is the crown jewel of the country in terms of structural beauty.

But it is.

From the way that the city has been designed to the manner that the buildings have been developed, Venice remains a breathtaking sight for anyone who visits it.

That remains true even in the months of winter, where the does drop to around 30 degrees, but still provides the tourists and inhabitants with a way to enjoy the magnificent sights under the sun.

Zugspitze, Germany

Germany is considered to be one of the coldest countries in Europe, but it is a good thing for those who enjoy a bit of snow during their travels.

And for those who do, there are perhaps not many places that are as marvelous as Zugspitze in terms of a memorable winter experience.

With snow covered mountains and a temperature that dances around -14 degrees in winter, you can enjoy an array of winter sports such as skiing, sledding, and snowboarding to your heart’s desire. If you are one to enjoy snow and everything good there is about the season of winter, then Zugspitze is the place to go.

Marseilles, France

While Paris gets quite cold in winter without the weather enhancing any effects of life within the city, Marseille seems to be quite the opposite. The city is as lively in the winter as it is during its busiest days in summer, with plenty to do in adjacent areas.

You may visit the many architectural sites and tourist attractions in Marseilles itself, but you can add to that experience when you choose to visit the Christmas markets in Aix en Provence or Avignon.

With that, the many warm and steamy French soups and bouillon based dishes that you can enjoy in Marseilles only add to the trip. This means that by the time you are done with your visit to Marseilles, you are bound to be fed well, have some goods in your shopping bags, and some memorable pictures in your phone to boot.

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Even the Most Expensive Cities Have Cheaper Alternatives: Paris



According to the results of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Worldwide Cost of Living” survey, Singapore, Paris, Zurich, Hong Kong, and Oslo are the most expensive places to live – and visit – this year. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit them, though – actually if your budget allows it, you should cross them off your bucket list as soon as you can. But this doesn’t mean you have to break all your piggy banks and sell your soul only to spend a weekend in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Unless you’re adamant that it’s “Paris or bust”, there are alternatives to this crowded and top-dollar destination you might want to consider – and start saving for your dream trip nonetheless.


Lyon has a history of almost two millennia, and it shows: the remains of the Roman settlement Lugdunum, built at the confluence of the rivers Saône and Rhône, are showing to this day. Lyon might not be a capital city – it doesn’t have the size or the population – but its role in the everyday life of France was always important, both as a trade and a cultural hub.

The city has many gorgeous sights to see, like the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the Tour Métallique (a tall TV tower that replicates the top of the Eiffel Tower), among others, covering every age from the birth of the city to its modern times. Plus, it has museums, parks, gardens, and a street art group that has been designated the cultural ambassador for the city. Not to mention its cuisine, the unique and popular Lyonnaise cuisine that has become a worldwide sensation.


A relatively small city in the north of France, Lille is another charming alternative to a crowded and overpriced Paris. It features many distinct architectural styles, most of them with a clear Flemish influence. Among its landmarks, you find its Cathedral (Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille), its Citadel, its palaces, and gardens. Lille is also the place with the biggest flea market in Europe – Braderie de Lille takes place on the first Sunday of September, with millions of attendees and over 10,000 sellers gathering in the streets of the city. It’s a charming, agreeable, and colorful city that will offer its visitors a beautiful experience.


Last but not least, let us mention a city with a double significance – on one hand, it’s the official seat of the European Parliament, on the other, it’s a wonderful place to visit and a great alternative to an overcrowded Paris.

Strasbourg is a place where French and German architecture mingle in a unique way, with an Old Town filled with timber-framed houses surrounding typical French landmarks and churches. It also has many notable parks, some with historic significance, and almost too many museums for its small size. Plus, it’s a distinctively multicultural city where visitors will find it easy to fit in.

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Let’s Do A Road Trip In Europe Fin



Its that time of year again. It is the holidays and vacation, mirth and much merriment is upon us. Those of us who are lucky are able to take a few days to a few weeks off for vacation and can enjoy it abroad or do a staycation. A trip abroad is probably preferred, there’s so much to see and do, it would a pity to while the days away in your own hometown.

Get a move on, grab your bags, get a ticket and jump on a plane to Europe. When you get there, rest for a bit and begin your road trip. Nothing beats traveling on the road and taking all the sights that nature has to offer while stopping by at different locations.

Remember, a road trip can be very feasible and pleasant if it is done right. Make sure to have your car inspected, checked and ready to go for a long distance road trip.

You’ll want to make sure that you have your oil checked and your tires as well. Proper tires from suppliers such as Kwik Fit will get you squared away and ready to hit the road.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go


One of the top places that you’ll want to go is in Austria. There’s this little spot called Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, this spot is one that is talked about by road trip aficionados of all kinds.

The Grossglockner is the opposite of what it sounds like, it’s not gross at all, it’s quite pleasant actually.  The path will take you through different sights ranging from mountain tops to rivers, to rock formations and more. What’s fun about this place is that you will also be able to have different changes in the road itself, it is not just one straight path but one that is filled with turns and changes to keep you from getting bored.

Italy and the Amalfi Coast

Italy is a place that won’t disappoint, it has food, culture, and history to keep you company. Italy also has beautiful sights all over too. One of the best places to drive through would be the Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi Coast has everything you could possibly want, beaches, cliffs, and beautiful fishing villages. The place is not only beautiful in nature but in culture as well. One can check out the Cathedrals, Villa Rufolo, engage in some boat tours for a quick respite from their road trip and also view the Sirenuse from afar.

Portugal – The Estoril Coast

Drive from Italy, pass by countries such as France, Spain and reach the destination of Portugal. You will find the climate and the overall setting over here to be appealing.  On your way to this beautiful place, make sure to check out popular spots such as Lisbon and other prominent locations such as Sintra. The Estoril Coast was home to the nobility of ages past and even to those that we see as nobility today, celebrities, wealthy people and tourists with a couple of euros or dollars to their name stop by this place and immerse themselves in the manmade and natural attractions that this place has to offer.

Don’t Hesitate, Time Stands Still For No One

Time is slipping, check out budget and look into which part of Europe you want to stick to. Make the decision and take the trip, it will be a great refreshment and you will be glad you were able to have the experience. Take a few snapshots and indulge in the experience of #RoadtripsofEurope

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