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

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?

Borders, Castles & ancient ruins, Scotland, Things to do

Luxury and sunshine in the Scottish Borders – Cringletie House Hotel

I have happy memories of childhood trips to the Scottish Borders. I've always loved the pretty towns, rolling hills and romantic ruins of the region. So, when I was invited to spend a night at Cringletie House - a luxury castle hotel near Peebles I jumped at the chance. With sunshine forecast for our trip,… Continue reading Luxury and sunshine in the Scottish Borders – Cringletie House Hotel

Castles & ancient ruins, Perthshire, Scotland, Things to do

Remote, bliss in rural Perthshire – a pet-friendly stay on the Straloch Estate

A hectic spell had left me longing to escape to a quiet corner of Scotland. I needed to unwind, and slow the pace down a little. Fortunately, I was able to do just that with a weekend break at the Straloch Estate in rural Perthshire. Booking through Cottages and Castles, we considered a number of… Continue reading Remote, bliss in rural Perthshire – a pet-friendly stay on the Straloch Estate

Castles & ancient ruins, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, Things to do

Trigony House Hotel – a dog friendly gem in Dumfries and Galloway

I love Dumfries and Galloway so I was delighted when I was invited to spend the night at Trigony House Hotel, in the heart of the region. Driving south through rain, mist and low cloud, I feared our day would be spent sightseeing safari park style from the confines of the car! Drumlanrig CastleOur first… Continue reading Trigony House Hotel – a dog friendly gem in Dumfries and Galloway