No Wilderness: Reshaping The Way We Talk About Far North Places

Exactly a year ago, on the Sunday before the UK entered lockdown, I was out walking with my son here in Caithness when a man pulled over in his car and rolled down the driver’s side window. He asked us where he could find a place to eat and have a cup of coffee. The…

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The North Coast 500 and the Summer of Discontent

Since its inception in 2015, The North Coast 500 – the re-branding of an existing 516-mile loop around the North Highlands – has attracted visitors from all over the world, keen to experience the untamed beauty of this area of Scotland. Originally the brainchild of North Highland Initiative – a non-profit organisation set up by…

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The Lion King at the Edinburgh Playhouse and the Year of Experience

Years ago (MANY years ago…. 😉 ), in the days when I was a student living in Glasgow, my friend told me about the Lion King musical. She had just been to see it and couldn’t stop talking about how absolutely amazing it was. I was of course, envious, and also broke – not the…

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Caithness and Coorie – Embracing the Seasons in The UK’s Most Northerly Mainland County

Over the years, I’ve embraced just about every geographical lifestyle trend imaginable. Hygge – the Danish art of cosiness and contentment: on it. Lagom – the Swedish philosophy of ‘not too little, not too much, just right’: yep, count me in. Ikigai – the Japanese secret to a long and happy life: been there, done…

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October on the Cote D’Azur – Part Two

If you were reading a couple of weeks ago, you’ve already heard a few tales from our recent Cote D’Azur holiday. (And if you weren’t reading a couple of weeks ago, you can catch up – if you want to – here). I hope I haven’t bored you, because where Part One ends, Part Two…

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October on the Cote D’Azur – Part One

We generally enjoy our ‘big’ holiday for the year in October, when tourist destinations tend to be a bit quieter, and temperatures are more suited to our far north constitutions. Last year, we went on a mammoth French/Belgian roadtip, visiting Paris, Disneyland and Bruges (amongst other places) and this year, we continued in the French…

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Five Unique Dog Friendly Places to Eat in the Scottish Highlands

* COVID-19 UPDATE – PLEASE CHECK WITH INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS BEFORE VISITING AS POLICIES MAY HAVE CHANGED SINCE TIME OF WRITING. * The Scottish Highlands: a land famed for its rugged landscape, awe-inspiring scenery and general all-round gorgeousness. And if you’re a dog owner, you might be interested to hear that it’s also a pretty good…

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Summer So Far and A Little Catch Up….

I’ve really missed writing on my blog over the summer holidays, and it seems like forever since I’ve posted here. These precious few weeks without the routines of school (and after school clubs) always go in so quickly, and unless I either get up very early – or go to bed very late – my…

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Dog Friendly Places to Eat and Drink in Caithness

* COVID-19 UPDATE – PLEASE CHECK WITH INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS BEFORE VISITING AS POLICIES MAY HAVE CHANGED SINCE TIME OF WRITING. * Among my many passions in life, the love of dogs, family and a good cup of coffee rank highly. And as any dog owner knows of course, the first two of these are exactly…

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Edinburgh’s Christmas, Mansfield Traquair and on the Harry Potter Trail in Scotland’s Capital

Last weekend we enjoyed our annual pre-Christmas trip to Edinburgh to enjoy the festive markets, fairgrounds and everything else that Scotland’s capital has to offer in winter. It’s one of our favourite times of year to visit (but then, anytime’s a good time to visit really – if you need any inspiration for a weekend escape…

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