A New Generation in Hospitality

In the Deeside countryside, a mile or three off the beaten track, is Glen Tanar. We visited to meet with members of their team, to see first hand some of their work that’s helping to promote wildlife tourism … and to discover how they’re engaging with #YearOfYoungPeople2018 to encourage youngsters from Aboyne Academy to look at careers in the hospitality industry …

Gordon Castle Walled Garden

On a recent visit to Gordon Castle Walled Garden, Monika, Senior Gardener told me that studying horticulture at the Biblical Garden in Forres (part of Moray College) was “like a birthday cake” and now – being employed by the Walled Garden – is “the cherry on the top!”  And as a visitor, you can see why: it is a beautiful garden that has not only been re-developed by the owners, Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox, to reflect the history of the estate but has also been re-designed to bring it into the present day with an eye on the future.

Grantown – a Speyside Jewel

Grantown-on-Spey, in the heart of the Cairngorms and home to the offices of the Cairngorm National Park Authority, is a town packed full of history and things to explore and discover.

Being a good spokesperson!

Ride a bike around your lawn and you’ll soon see how your grass churns up. Multiply that by hundreds – sometimes thousands – and it is easy to see how unofficial bike tracks can cause real damage in the countryside – and that’s just to the land. We’re blessed that we have a right to enjoy responsible access across Scotland’s countryside – but that doesn’t extend to riding roughshod wherever we choose – not least of all because some riders try to create their own trails and obstacles, damaging property, endangering livestock and threatening the habitat of some endangered flora and fauna. We’re not being killjoys here. Luckily, we have what many claim to be the world’s best mountain bike trails – there to be discovered and enjoyed year round – without endangering any one or any thing. There are some crackers that grab the headlines: we take a look off the beaten track to discover some of the best …

Our Countryside Stars …

We have been delighted to see the outstanding work being done by those who live and work in our countryside on recent TV shows on the BBC …

Atholl Estates Winning Ways

Blair Castle and the Blair Castle Caravan Park are both ending the current season on a high having picked up two more top industry awards at the Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards held in Glasgow on the 29th October.

Off Royal Deeside’s Beaten Track

The latest in our A Day’s Drive series takes us to Aberdeenshire – stepping off the beaten track to discover some real treasures on Royal Deeside. The area is a magnificent year round destination.   Our trip heads north through Angus.

Cambo Stables Visitor Centre Now Open

Cambo Gardens have always been a favourite visit for us as a family in Fife – we have been visiting since the girls were barely walking – whether it is in the winter to see the snowdrops or in the summer with visitors to see the pigs or running with the dog down on the Fife Coastal Path followed by a coffee in the cafe & a wee bit of shopping!

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 …