Taisteal, Edinburgh

Stockbridge was my home for many years. I am very familiar with the tree-lined streets, river walks and friendly shops and bars, which make up the community within Scotland’s capital city. An invite, therefore, to a comparatively new Scottish restaurant, in the heart of the village, as I like to … [Read more...]

The Radhuni, Loanhead (near Edinburgh)

Occasionally and unexpectedly, you stumble on a true gem With a reasonably suburban location, there is always going to be some legwork to do to get their name on the map but Radhuni should not have, and indeed have not had a problem to date if their achievements and awards are anything to go … [Read more...]

Douneside House Hotel, Aboyne, Royal Deeside

Fresh from a win at the prestigious Scottish Hotel Awards, Douneside House extended an invite to Must Visit Scotland, to bask in their glory and enjoy a 6-course tasting menu with wines, crafted by Head Chef, David Butters, on whose merits, Douneside was awarded ‘Hotel Chef of the Year 2018.’ It … [Read more...]

Banchory Lodge Hotel, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

If my advance communications with Banchory Lodge was, in any way, representative of what to expect from a stay at this, Grade-II listed Georgian building, I knew that I would not be disappointed. Helpful, accommodating and obliging, nothing was too much effort for this close team of hospitality … [Read more...]

The Dhabba, Glasgow

The authentic taste of Northern India is spicing up Glasgow’s Merchant City. Proudly presenting bona fide Indian cuisine, The Dhabba is far removed from the stereotypical south asian restaurants, we have been accustomed to and, indeed, inherits its name from historical Dhabbas, with origins in … [Read more...]

Kincraig Castle Hotel, Tomich, Invergordon, Ross-shire

There’s a fine balance to strike within the country house hotel market; that between high-end luxury and a skilled service tempered with a relaxed ambience and casual professionalism. Kincraig Castle Hotel sits firmly in the middle, hitting that balance with balanced measures of competent … [Read more...]

La Petite Mort, Edinburgh

Forget the St Paul’s restaurant in London where love sometimes blooms over a first meeting; La Petite Mort is the perfect venue for a First Date, and provides the perfect recipe for romance, right here in Edinburgh! A short walk from Bruntsfield Links, La Petite Mort is additionally ideally … [Read more...]

Gordon Castle Estate, Fochabers, Speyside

It was my privilege to visit Gordon Castle Estate and the Gordon Lennox family, under whose stewardship, the highland estate of some 450 acres, is a growing business. Gordon Castle has been remodeled as a unique, exclusive use venue, located outside the picturesque Highland town of Fochabers in … [Read more...]

Gilmerton House, Athelstaneford, North Berwick, East Lothian.

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...]

The Atelier Restaurant, Edinburgh

With the Food and Drink sector in good shape, the ever-challenging environment of the industry within the UK and demand for quality produce presents a golden opportunity for success and to establish a loyal following of foodies. Unconventionality within such an environment is not only a brave move … [Read more...]