Morvern: past, present & future

In our latest ‘weekend away‘ feature, we took time to visit the Morvern peninsula on Scotland’s west coast – staying at the stunning Ardtornish and discovering some of the area’s most off-the-beaten track treasures – including Camasnacroise and Drimnin.

Speyside casts a spell …

Speyside: to some, it means whisky – home to 50 distilleries producing more single malt than any other region in Scotland. To others, the river is inseparable from salmon, attracting visitors from around the world to ‘Spey cast’ on some of the finest beats. To all, it is an area of stunning scenery, outstanding natural beauty and unique wildlife – wrapped up in a landscape that is steeped in history. We took a drive to explore …

More heaven than earth?

What links two time major golf championship winner, Sandy Lyle, Scottish outlaw and folk hero, Rob Roy – and Oscar-winning film director, James Cameron?

At one time or another, they have all called the Stirlingshire village of Balquhiddher ‘home’. It overlooks the stunning Braes of Balquhidder and the breathtaking Loch Voil. The beautiful glen – in the heart of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park – is a popular haven for walking, fishing and nature watching. One company has made more – or should be say mhor – of a mark than most by investing in this landscape and the surrounding area. We took time out to explore …

Beautiful Bute

Been to Bute? Four years ago, David Dimbleby made a series for the BBC – Britain & The Sea. The third episode traced Britain’s trade. He visited Bute – and waxed lyrical about one destination: Mount Stuart. He was right to do so. We wanted to visit this island jewel – to follow in the broadcaster’s footsteps – and to discover Bute’s draw and find out why – for more than 2,000 years – folk have crossed the seas to visit …

Tuning into Skye

The isle of Skye is huge … or at least it seems it. The island – connected to the mainland by a bridge – is the largest of the Inner Hebrides. It is only fifty miles from north to south, but the zigzag coastline with inlets, beautiful sea lochs and stunning, mainly unpopulated peninsulas – combined with mile after mile of single track roads that rise and fall from hill top to sea level – make the 50 seem like 500. OK, if not 500 … then a lot more than 50! We took a week to explore …

A bath with a view …

Speak of Scottish islands and many come to mind: Skye, Mull, Orkney … and more. But some of the smaller islands provide brilliant opportunities to escape for a long weekend or short break. We took the CalMac boat from Oban to discover one.

Only 8 miles long by 3 miles wide – Colonsay is a wee gem in the Inner Hebrides. There’s a single track road – with off-shoots – that runs around it servicing the homes of those who live here (just 124 people at the last count) together with those who make this stunning place their holiday destination …

Gardens of Angus

Gardens in Scotland are in full bloom. We took a Day Trip to visit a couple of stunning gardens in Angus …

Next stop … Norway!

Have you ever been along the coast road north of Aberdeen? It is one of the most beautifully remote corners of the UK with many hidden treasures to explore. We took a round trip – a day – to discover stunning beaches, nature reserves, off the beaten track farm shops, ruined castles, gorgeous golf courses, glacial landscapes, an observatory, wonderful woodland walks and a magnificent museum that looks back at the area’s farming history and heritage. Sit back and enjoy the ride …

Cape Wrath & Durness: May 2017

Cape Wrath? That’s the bit of Scotland’s mainland that’s right up in the top left hand corner. Unless attempting the pathless and boggy trek from Sandwood Bay through the Ministry of Defence’s firing range, the only (and strongly recommended) route to the Cape is via the seasonal ferry service across the Kyle of Durness. We took time out to enjoy the journey across Scotland’s Highlands to discover the remote and stunning beauty of Durness, Balnakeil, Smoo and a handful of other destinations on and off the North Coast 500 …

A Green Gem in the Borders

Love gardens but loathe gardening? Now summer is here, gardens across Scotland burst into bloom and are there to be discovered and enjoyed. We take a trip into the Borders to discover one flowering, hardy gem. So whether you’re managing a window box, tending beds, planning BBQs or planting out seeds in the hope of a bumper crop … we hope this Blog will inspire you to get your fingers green this summer …