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 …

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 …