Aberdeenshire, Moray/Speyside, Scotland

A coastal road trip in Moray and Aberdeenshire

It's safe to say I'm going stir crazy waiting for 2018's road trips to get underway. It feels like months since I felt the familiar buzz of excitement I get when we load the car and leave town. This rare quiet spell means I can write some of the blogs I never got round to… Continue reading A coastal road trip in Moray and Aberdeenshire

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An Ice House by the sea – St Cyrus

If you've followed this blog for a while you'll know I love history, remote places and beaches. So, when Cottages & Castles invited me to check out a luxury dog-friendly property in St Cyrus that ticked all of those boxes I jumped at the chance. The Ice House, St CyrusEarlier this month we spent a… Continue reading An Ice House by the sea – St Cyrus

Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Aberdeenshire (part 2) – An iconic red telephone box by the sea

On day two of our recent Aberdeenshire adventure we were awake at the crack of dawn, excited at the prospect of a full days exploring ahead. The forecast suggested no rain, and possibly, dare we dream - sunshine. Breakfast service started at 9:00am. The stuff of nightmares for us, especially during the long summer days… Continue reading Aberdeenshire (part 2) – An iconic red telephone box by the sea

Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Aberdeenshire (Part 1) – Scotland’s castle trail

It's official Skye is bursting at the seams and the island's infrastructure is struggling to cope with visitor numbers.  Who knew that the endless over promotion of the island would lead to visitors flocking there in droves!  This blog features a far quieter region of Scotland.  A region with every bit as much to offer… Continue reading Aberdeenshire (Part 1) – Scotland’s castle trail

Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Summertime and the livin’ is easy

Somerset Maugham once said 'There are few things so pleasant as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort.'  We recently put his theory to the test on a 'Picnic with Mercure' package at the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel in beautiful Aberdeenshire.  At selected hotels for stays booked by 31st August 2016 and taken by the end… Continue reading Summertime and the livin’ is easy