Behind the scenes at Balmoral

Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend 2018 delivered an amazing 60 events as “a celebration of the fantastic natural heritage of the Cairngorms National Park“, providing a flavour of what the Park has to offer. We took time out to visit just one event at Balmoral, basing ourselves at nearby Ballater and exploring more that Royal Deeside has to offer.

From little acorns …

Since 1931, Scotland’s Garden Scheme has been raising money for charities – big and small – through opening gardens of horticultural interest across Scotland.   Many of the gardens are privately owned and would otherwise be inaccessible to the garden-loving public – so the project is a real winner for those gree-fingered enthusiasts as well as those who just love to walk and gaze at the work of gardeners across the country.

We were delighted to attend their recent Annual Conference and learn more about how this amazing scheme helps to support so many charities across Scotland …

Choose Live … Scotland 2018

This summer sees an incredible collection of live events across the country that are showcasing Scotland’s countryside as never before. The following provides a snapshot – some big, some small – with links to the events for you to find more.

Luss – helping it happen!

A visit to Luss is a great day out – a lovely village sitting on the banks of Loch Lomond with spectacular views over to Ben Lomond.  A popular destination too – with over 260,000 people each week visiting.   A very happy problem to have and it was very interesting to visit last month (March 2018) to find out more … all that is going on behind the scenes.

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme 2018 – Open for Charity

Scotland’s Garden Scheme is a chance to explore Scotland’s private green spaces.  And in 2018, families, wildlife lovers, plantaholics and grow-your-own newbies are in for a treat during 2019 when over 450 gardens open to the public for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme to raise money for charity.

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 …

Scotland’s Brewing Up A Storm

Hands up who likes a tipple? Beer? Gin? Whisky? Scotland is leading the way in drink innovation for home and overseas markets. We take a look at one area that has become the focus for many an imbiber …

Scotland’s For All – for always!

ScotlandsForAll has been set up by and for those with a love of Scotland’s countryside – to share the very best our wonderful countryside has to offer. We love exploring the great outdoors and hope you do too: from walking and running to climbing and abseiling, from cycling and mountain biking to sailing and rafting … whatever you love to do in the countryside, we’d love to hear and see your experiences. And these are just for starters!