Highlands, Scotland

North Coast 500 – Things to do in Lochinver (and beyond)

Today, I'm whisking you off on an armchair tour of the North West Highlands. It's an area popular with tourists thanks to the North Coast 500 (NC500), but many rush round the route without lingering long enough to fully appreciate what this spectacular corner of Scotland has to offer. I love the NC500 - we… Continue reading North Coast 500 – Things to do in Lochinver (and beyond)

Highlands, Scotland

Inver Lodge Hotel – the best of Highland hospitality

When I picture my perfect escape, I always conjure up a remote corner of Scotland with beautiful beaches, rugged mountains and blissful isolation. A place where worries drift away, leaving the 'real world' far behind. Recently, I found that perfect escape when we spent the weekend at Inver Lodge Hotel in Lochinver. Day one - Lochinver… Continue reading Inver Lodge Hotel – the best of Highland hospitality

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?

Highlands, Scotland

Hostelling Scotland, Torridon Youth Hostel – a trip down memory lane

Recently I took a trip down memory lane at Hostelling Scotland’s Torridon Youth Hostel. The last time I stayed at one of their hostels I was a fresh-faced teenager attending high school camp. Duran Duran and Wham dominated the music charts, twilight teaser was the only shade of lipstick to be seen in and leg… Continue reading Hostelling Scotland, Torridon Youth Hostel – a trip down memory lane

Castles & ancient ruins, Highlands, NC500, Scotland, Standing stones & cairns, Things to do

Inverness to John O’Groats on the NC500

Nairn - the perfect base for exploring the Highlands  We recently enjoyed a weekend break in Mr G's Highland hometown of Nairn.  Nairn is a seaside town with beautiful beaches.  It's home to Tilda Swinton, and no other than Brad Pitt has been spotted in town.  It's a great base for exploring the NC500, The… Continue reading Inverness to John O’Groats on the NC500