Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course, Old Meldrum, Aberdeenshire

It takes an exceptionally unique product to reach a pinnacle within the luxury hospitality industry; standing out within a competitive market requires foresight, enthusiasm, experience and a product, which is second to none. The bar has been set high amongst Scotland’s ever-growing list of … [Read more...]

Hawthorn Restaurant, Benderloch, Oban

BackRoomWhole-150x150

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...]

The Mill at Lewinshope, Yarrow Valley, Selkirkshire

photo 1-3

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...]

Cringletie House, near Peebles, Scottish Borders

home_hotel

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...]

Birchlea Lodge, Kippford, Dumfries and Galloway

photo_Birchlea_Kipp Paddock

Birchlea is a superior, well-appointed and luxurious log cabin in a picturesque setting near the seaside village of Kippford and on the edge of beautiful National Trust land. The forest lodge is constructed from Norwegian pine trees, extending to its encompassing verandas, from which panoramic … [Read more...]

Norton House Hotel and Spa, Ingliston, Edinburgh

Bedroom at Norton

In the lead up to their fabulous win of “Best Hotel Health Club Facility 2013” at the National Fitness Awards, I was delighted to be a guest at the beautiful Norton House Hotel and Spa. Within expansive and mature grounds at Ingliston, on Edinburgh’s western fringes, Norton House, although well … [Read more...]

Clan Cottages, Kilmore, by Oban

Clan Cottages, Oban

Akin to being placed into a history book depiction, our arrival at Clan Cottages, conjured images of returning to the fold, bearing rewards of a days’ hunting, as the five thatched cottages are picture perfect of an ancient Celtic settlement. Nestled into a glen, a stone’s throw from Oban; … [Read more...]

AC Gliders, Forres

AC Gliders 3

Following a heavy day behind a PC screen, it was refreshing to breathe some invigorating country air and experience a relatively new trend within Scotland – that of Segway. AC Gliders in Forres offer unique Segway PT Tours around the beautiful countryside and private land where they are based in … [Read more...]

The Black Bull, Etal

The Black Bull, Etal

Looking for a typical country pub with Sunday lunch in mind, we stumbled across the Black Bull, a thatched white cottage, akin to story book pictures, sitting in the completely unspoilt Northumberland village of Etal – not exactly Scotland but not far over the Border either! The quaint little … [Read more...]

Alvie Riding Stables, Alvie Estate, Kincraig

Alvie Stables

Looking for somewhere to ride nearby, whilst staying in Coylumbridge, and with a moderate amount of experience thus looking for more adventurous as opposed to a plod, I arrived at Alvie, somewhat nervous having probably been over ambitious as regards my skills during my telephone call to the stables … [Read more...]