Dunvarlich House, Aberfeldy, Perthshire

Much is spoken of Living History both from an educational and enjoyment perspective. Dunvarlich House is, not only a delightfully warm, welcoming and spatially vast holiday home but quite possibly the best preserved and authentic piece of living history I personally, have experienced. A classic … [Read more...]

The Flodigarry Hotel, Skye

Guest post by Kirsty Allan As if the magnificent drive up to the north of Skye wasn’t enough, we were greeted upon arrival at the Flodigarry Hotel by their very own Lone Piper playing for us as we weaved our way down the hillside driveway. Silhouetted perfectly with two deer sculptures against … [Read more...]

Ballathie House Hotel, Kinclaven, Stanley, Perthshire

As befitting any Scottish Institution today, Ballathie House Hotel has re-invented itself, aligning the appeal to a broad, modern-day market, whilst retaining all the glory of its historical roots. Built in 1880 within the beautiful Perthshire countryside and slap bang on the banks of the River … [Read more...]

The Old Minister’s House, Rothiemurchus, Aviemore

The Old Minister’s House is exactly that, however offers a slight contradiction in terms within it’s beautifully contemporary interior. Situated in the heart of the Cairngorm Natural Park, the former Church of Scotland Manse boasts an impressive, traditional stone frontage commanding a prime … [Read more...]

Alt Na Craig House, Oban

Delighted to be back in Oban, I found myself at the opposite end of the bay, on the hillside, where I was invited to stay at Alt Na Craig House, the historic, 4 star Gold Guesthouse and regional finalist in the Scottish Thistle Awards. A prime illustration of Oban’s history, the impressive … [Read more...]

Cuan Mor Restaurant, Bar and Brewery, Oban

Cuan Mor, for me, represents what Oban is all about: a warm welcome, roots in local tradition, a proud history presented with a current day twist and superb seafood, as, with views over the Big Ocean (Cuan Mor), it’s as fresh as it comes. Proud of the indigenous Gaelic history; a theme which is … [Read more...]

Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh

Hot on the heels of being awarded “Best Small Venue”, I visited Ghillie Dhu with extra high expectations for a fantastic ceilidh night. On arrival, the first thoughts were “could it ever have been anything else?”, so fitting is the traditional building in the heart of Edinburgh’s thriving West End … [Read more...]

The Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha

Following a gorgeous day on the Loch, our party of 7 hungry sailors began the hunt for somewhere to enjoy a relaxed supper prior to heading in our different directions for the night. Having passed by the Oak Tree Inn earlier in the day where every surface, both outside and in, appeared to be … [Read more...]

EMPIRES, Traditional Turkish cafe, Tea House and Bistro, Edinburgh

Claiming to be an authentic, traditional Turkish eatery, it was wonderfully refreshing to discover this unassuming little gem in Edinburgh’s Old Town, genuinely was traditionally authentic down to the relaxed, bohemian atmosphere which emanates from this tiny restaurant. The website may not … [Read more...]

Langside Farm, Dalry, Ayrshire

These days, frustratingly few places fulfil expectations as regards service and presentation, however this cannot be said about Langside Farm in Ayrshire. On the hunt for a countryside bed and breakfast, close enough to allow us the opportunity to reach Largs easily in the morning, the only … [Read more...]