Cringletie House, near Peebles, Scottish Borders

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I adore the sight of wellington boots at a front door; their presence hints at time well spent and the existence of country walks and plentiful outdoor opportunities – justification of sorts for an otherwise indulgent stay. Neat rows welcomed me to Cringletie and I couldn’t wait to see more of the … [Read more...]

Castle View Apartment @ Castle Terrace with The Edinburgh Address

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One of the many beautiful joys of Edinburgh is the city’s accessibility and the very “towny” feel of Scotland’s capital. No more is that felt than when in Castle Terrace, the very hub of the city and yet, with amazing views over Princes Street, The Gardens and the majestic Edinburgh Castle, a … [Read more...]

The Scott Apartment, Edinburgh

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In esteemed company indeed, albeit 200 years apart, the geographical location matched and I was in awe of spending time at one of the known homes in Edinburgh of the great literally wonder that is Sir Walter Scott. Historical novelist playwright and poet, famed throughout the globe, Scots born … [Read more...]

Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh

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An integral part of Edinburgh’s centre and at the heart of both the commercial and retail sectors of the city; The Sheraton Edinburgh demands attention as part of a global brand. Everything about the Sheraton is large; space, décor, furnishings, accessories, personalities; yet, each unforgiving in … [Read more...]

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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There are many things, as a nation, we have to be proud of this year in particular and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, for me, is most definitely one. It’s not the first time I have visited the annual extravaganza on the Castle esplanade and from this year’s exceptional offering, I very much hope … [Read more...]

Dunollie Castle and the 1745 House, Oban

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Although the house dates from 1745, it is certainly a work in progress as artefacts telling its history are gathered and placed in ever changing exhibitions and displays within the 1745 house, sitting in the shadows of the crumbling stronghold of Dunollie Castle. The newly opened museum and … [Read more...]

Stobo Castle, Stobo, Peebleshire

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A true haven of tranquillity, perfectly situated, comfortably furnished, expertly managed; my luxurious idyll – at least, for one weekend. Sitting comfortably amidst the rolling green landscape of the Border hills, with which I am more than a little familiar, Stobo Castle assumes a majestic … [Read more...]

Fyvie Castle, Aberdeenshire

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A highlight of a recent venture into Aberdeenshire was Fyvie Castle, with history dating back many centuries and now belonging to the National Trust for Scotland. Having become a member of the NTS some time ago our enjoyment of the vast, sometimes ghostly rooms and historical stories was … [Read more...]

Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle may seem a slightly strange choice as regards an addition to my blog, due to the fact that I have lived in Scotland all of my life and have had the pleasure of visiting the Castle on numerous occasions, however, I do believe that living literally on the doorstep of such history and … [Read more...]

Ardifuir, nr Kilmartin

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A breakdown on the M8, a contretemps with a wayward sheep, all the while suffering from the excesses of the previous evening’s reconaissance, were not the ideal combination of events prior to the long journey West, one early morning in April, 2001. Recovering, rather proudly from the car disaster … [Read more...]