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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Tips and Itinerary for a Campervan Trip through Scotland, England, Belgium and France – Part Two

Last week I shared the first half of our October roadtrip through Scotland, England, Belgium and France in our campervan (you can find it right here if you missed it). This week, I’ll pick up the second half of our adventure which saw us visiting Disneyland and Paris with a short stopover in the Lake District on our way…

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Tips and Itinerary for a Campervan Trip through Scotland, England, Belgium and France – Part One

In the October holidays, we took our first trip outside the UK in our beloved VW campervan. It was something we had been planning for a while – a road trip from our home in the far north, through Scotland, England, and over the channel to France. We wanted to see Paris, Disneyland, and also make a visit to Belgium,…

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Ten Outlander Locations in the North Highlands of Scotland

If you’re a regular reader of my blog I don’t think I need to repeat myself here: I’m a big Outlander fan. From epic Scottish landscapes to heart-pounding romance, the TV series (and the books that inspired it), has so much to recommend. Not least of these is the opportunity to cavort around Scotland in search…

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The North Coast 500, Also Known As Home

There is a road I see from the front door of my home in Caithness that forms part of the North Coast 500. As kids, we knew it better as the road ‘up west’, a passage imbued with the promise of beaches, picnics and sand between our toes. These days, the route has a new title…

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Six Places to Visit on a Scottish Outlander Road Trip

If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of the TV series Outlander, a drama based on the series of books by Diana Gabaldon about a woman who finds herself transported back from 1946 Inverness to the Scotland of two centuries before. Her arrival in 1743 cues romance, tension, and lots of beautifully shot…

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A Scottish Bucket List for Spring

Last week, I was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland about Easter holiday planning for families, and some of our campervan adventures (get me, dropping that in so casually, as if I’m a seasoned radio-interviewee who doesn’t get excited about such things – I am not, and I was!) In the interview I spoke about our…

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A Sunday Well Spent

Last Sunday we took a trip ‘up west’ to enjoy some unseasonably sunny February weather and sample some of the best beaches the North of Scotland has to offer. We are fortunate where we live to be able to reach something akin to a wilderness within a half hour or so of our front door. The…

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Goodbye 2017 – The Highs and Lows of Another Year Behind the Blog

The end of another year is always a time for reflection isn’t it? As we prepare to say goodbye to 2017 I can’t help but look back on the highs and lows my 41st (gulp!) year on the planet has brought. I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions and their sneaky ability to…

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Life Within Four Corners – My Favourite Photos of 2017

Earlier this year, I started a monthly blog series called Life Within Four Corners –  somewhere I could share my favourite photos and the stories that went along with them from the preceding month.  Over time it’s become a virtual photo album and a place to store my monthly highlights. So to finish off the…

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