Garleton Lodge, near Aberlady, East Lothian.

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Rarely is it seen in the world of hospitality; such fluid harmony within a team; one the right hand; the other, the left. It is with such ease, that daily business at Garleton Lodge is smoothly run and expertly executed, that you may be forgiven for even noticing at all. David and Angela … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Bygone Drives, Dulnain Bridge, Grantown-on-Spey

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Isobel Yule has taken her wedding car service and gone quite a few steps further, growing her business and attracting attention from all corners of the globe, welcoming, enthusiasts to Bygone Drives. Passionate about her collection of classic cars, amongst them, a 1952 Bentley R-Type, a Bentley … [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...]

Mouton Cadet’s Pitch perfect pairing at the Home of Golf

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This year’s Open Golf Championship has certainly been a game of mixed fortunes, presenting difficult and challenging conditions all round, in the face of which, some prospered and some fell, under typically intense Press scrutiny. With Mother Nature flexing her vast muscle, patience came to the fore … [Read more...]

The Mill at Lewinshope, Yarrow Valley, Selkirkshire

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Familiar as I am with the Scottish Borders, the breathtaking inland scenery of Scotland’s borderlands never ceases to impress. Completely identifiable, with bursts of lowland and flat pastures contrasted against hillside towns and villages with beautiful forest-lined backdrops, it offers a unique … [Read more...]

Grand Central Hotel Glasgow

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I LOVE this hotel – what can I say. It’s been many years since I last stayed at this, one of Glasgow’s longest established hotels and certainly one of the leading 4 star properties of the city. A recent renovation project has seen the Grand Central Glasgow receive a luxurious makeover, retaining … [Read more...]