Castles & ancient ruins, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, Things to do

Isle of Iona – an idyllic island break

Many moons ago (during the summer of 96 ) I graduated from the University of Edinburgh after four years of partying, punctuated with frantic bouts of study. A large chunk of my studies had been devoted to Scottish history. Through those studies I became fascinated with the Isle of Iona. A few weeks after graduating,… Continue reading Isle of Iona – an idyllic island break

Highlands, Inner Hebrides, Quirky camping - WildTrax 4x4, Scotland, Things to do

An unforgettable camping adventure with WildTrax – Beyond Limits

The last time I "embraced" (note the sarcastic use of punctuation) camping and slept in a tent, Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister and the movie ‘Big’ was wowing cinema audiences. To say I hated the experience doesn't even begin to describe the loathing I felt for canvas, tent pegs, billy cans, and silly wee stoves.… Continue reading An unforgettable camping adventure with WildTrax – Beyond Limits

Highlands, Scotland, Steam train trips, Things to do

All aboard for Hogwarts – a magical journey on ‘The Jacobite’ steam train

We recently spent a weekend in Lochaber to tick off a bucket list experience. We had tickets to ride on 'The Jacobite' steam train (or the Hogwarts Express to fans of the Harry Potter movies) - woo hoo. We’d fled the city as soon as work released us both from its clutches for the week. 5:30pm was… Continue reading All aboard for Hogwarts – a magical journey on ‘The Jacobite’ steam train

Castles & ancient ruins, Highlands, Scotland, Standing stones & cairns, Things to do

What’s not to love about Caithness?

It was my birthday recently and Mr G treated me to a long weekend in the far north of Scotland. Hooray for birthdays. Our base was a wonderful beachside hotel in Sutherland near the Caithness border. I adore the far north, and have a particular soft spot for Caithness, so I was delighted to find… Continue reading What’s not to love about Caithness?

Land Rover Safari, Perthshire, Scotland, Segway Tours, Things to do

A fun-filled stay at Atholl Estates Woodland Lodges

I last visited Blair Castle and Atholl Estates in May 2017 when I joined the press pack to cover the Atholl Highlanders' Parade. It was a spectacular event and Mr G (the blogger's assistant) and I left bursting with Scottish pride.  We've been keen to return since that wonderful visit, so were delighted to receive… Continue reading A fun-filled stay at Atholl Estates Woodland Lodges