Colonsay: Just the Spirit!

There’s lots of chat about Scotland’s islands: from who owns and lives on them to who works on them and who makes a living from them. There are close to 800 islands off our shores – and people live permanently on around 250 of them! As people’s lives change – work-life balance becomes ever-more important – and that’s to the benefit of the isles. The population on Scotland’s islands has been increasing since the late 1960s and early ’70s. In fact, between the last two censuses, the islands’ growth rate is more than 600% that of the country as a whole, so no real encouragement needed to attract folk!

The islands existed long before any of us – and they’ll exist long after us all. In the meantime, we just want to visit them – responsibly – so whoever owns and manages them can ensure they’re here for all to enjoy today, tomorrow and for the generations to come. This summer, we visited an island that has been owned by the same family for more than a century and is working to provide a year-round destination …

Unearthing Speyside’s Whisky Heritage …

This summer, we’ve been off the beaten track, up mountains, on lochs and in seas. This month, we took time out to discover Speyside … underground.

A Return to Cambo …

Cambo Gardens have always been a favourite visit for us as a family in Fife. We’ve been visiting since our girls were barely walking – whether in winter to see the snowdrops or in summer to see the pigs, gardens and to run our dog along the Fife Coastal Path … followed by a coffee in the cafe with a wee bit of shopping!

We visited in October 2017 just as the new Cambo Stables Visitor Centre opened and wrote about it then.  This blog is a wee update on some of the developments since then as well as what’s happening this summer – and some of their future plans …

Wester Ross (Part 2) – Coast & Mountains

Part 1 of this blog was all about Attadale & Lochcarron area – Part 2 takes you through more of Wester Ross, finishing in picturesque Gairloch: our abiding memory is of spectacular blue skies and huge vistas of coast & mountains …

Riding on the wild side …

Love walking and bike riding? We took time out near Aviemore this summer to explore some well-trodden paths – as well as to discover some hidden gems …

Wester Ross (Part 1): Unforgettable Gardens, Arts & Crafts

A visit to Wester Ross is always a delight – whatever the weather – but it was particularly wonderful to visit when the recent spell of lovely weather started.  Let us transport you to the West and tell you a little bit more about what’s happening there … and as there’s so much to tell, this is just Part 1!

A Shire Delight

Aberdeenshire covers close to 2,500 sq miles of Scotland. It is big! We took a trip across the county’s southern reaches – driving from Angus into the Grampian mountains, into Royal Deeside and then to the north sea …

Work, rest … and the Scottish play!

Head out into the wildest landscapes across Scotland and you’ll find people working – managing the land that we see. We took time out to visit the eastern fringes of the Highlands – a land of forests, castles, ancient battlegrounds, salmon rivers, golf – and the landing point for close to 250,000 people flying in to the region’s airport at Inverness.

Wild about the Angus Glens

This is an ancient landscape – not just the rocks carved by the cascading waters of the glens – but a knowledge that folk have made these valleys their home for millennia. Angus is the recognised birthplace of ‘Scotland’ – but the Glens have been inhabited long, long before the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. Try some 4,000 years more.  That knowledge gives them an otherworldly feel. We took time out to visit one of the five Glens – Glen Esk – and in particular to try a new experience being offered … a wildlife tour to discover the Glen’s flora and fauna …

Canvassing ideas on Fife’s coast

The East Neuk of Fife is a gem of a place: picturesque fishing villages, coastal walks, beaches, cricket and a growing focus on provenance … a passion for the area’s produce and producers. For those looking to stay on the coast, there’s a new destination. We took time out to visit and discover the thinking behind Catchpenny …