Highland Apartments by Mansley, Inverness

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First timers to Inverness are typically, surprised and impressed by the discovery of such a large and vibrant city, sitting right in the middle of the Scottish Highlands. Usually having followed the A9 from the south, through glens steeped in the shadows of haunting mountains; and on this … [Read more...]

Merchiston Residence, Edinburgh

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Having enjoyed a seriously luxurious stay at Old Town Chambers some time ago, I was pleased to accept an invitation to visit Merchiston Residence, Edinburgh, managed by the same Lateral City Apartments team. Apartment stays in cities seem, still, to be a growing trend within each market sector, … [Read more...]

Gilmerton House, Athelstaneford, North Berwick, East Lothian.

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Being the proud owner of multiple, well-thumbed Jane Austen novels, and with a secret penchant for late 18th century living, the invite to visit and ‘make merry’ at Gilmerton House had me all aflutter. An exclusive use country mansion, in prime East Lothian countryside, Gilmerton hosts private … [Read more...]

Eden Mansion, St Andrews

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When 1st Earl Field Marshall Douglas Haig’s family built their family home, on the outskirts of St. Andrews in 1860, it epitomized the era and displayed all the elements of grand Victorian design. Amidst 5 acres of landscaped grounds incorporating a sweeping drive and walled gardens, Eden Mansion … [Read more...]

Tutto Matto, Edinburgh

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There are pizza restaurants and there are PIZZA RESTAURANTS, Tutto Matto (of the two tomato fame) is certainly the latter. Opened by the Pinto Mexican team, ventures have spread from South America across to Europe in a taste extravaganza, where Tutto Matto reflects not only the best of Italian … [Read more...]

Malmaison Hotel, Glasgow

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Malmaison is a growing portfolio of boutique hotels, scattered around the UK, with four properties currently in Scotland. An award-winning member of the Frasers Hospitality Group, Malmaison has built a reputation on being just that little bit different and promotes ‘A Lifestyle, not just a … [Read more...]

Bydand Bed and Breakfast, Dulnain Bridge, Cairngorms National Park

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The term ‘Bed and Breakfast’ seems terribly out-dated to me, as times change and demand dictates, those businesses, categorised as ‘Bed and Breakfast’, present an increasingly diverse and wide ranging offering. The nature of Scotland’s Bed and Breakfasts is changing, and for many, it no longer … [Read more...]

Skeabost Country House Hotel, Skeabost, Isle of Skye

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I knew the minute I turned off the road and onto Skeabost’s driveway that I would love this place. Something about the white building emerging through the trees hinted at historical grandeur and manicured and rambling grounds. Skeabost is typical of a traditional and very grand property, evidence … [Read more...]

Trike Tours Scotland

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GUEST POST, with thanks to Christine Henderson AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ... You've done the bus tour, visited the local sights with or without the aid of a guide, you may have even gone aerial to inspect the world from a different perspective but there is nothing to compare … [Read more...]

Hawthorn Restaurant, Benderloch, Oban

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Passing trade is something that Hawthorn Restaurant cannot exploit, although with kerb appeal in bucket-loads and a frontage which prompts inquisitiveness, it sits in the Benderloch countryside, 8 miles north of Oban. The village of Benderloch’s derives it’s name from Beinn eadar dà loch, meaning … [Read more...]