Castles have long been one of the reasons folk visit Scotland – from thousand year old ruins to Victorian Disney Princess edifices, we’ve got the lot! Some are piles of rubble; some are privately owned and inaccessible to the public; and some are well worth a visit. But all the ones listed here are within … More Drive in an hour: Castles
It may seem counter-intuitive for someone in the tourism business to be posting an article about the problems tourism brings – but this is an increasingly important issue, prompted by recent news reports that the Isle of Skye is “full up”, and visitors are being advised to stay away unless they have accommodation booked. photo … More Tourism – the Benefits and the Drawbacks
If you only have one day to explore Loch Lomond, this wee adventure manages to fit in a variety of experiences. It’s like the National Park in miniature – and it’s an excellent choice for entertaining children too! It all happens in and around Balmaha, a tiny village on the east shore of Loch Lomond. … More Day Trip – Conic Hill & a Boat Journey
If you enjoy spoiling a good walk – as Mark Twain may or may not have described the game – then you are spoiled for choice around here. We have an abundance of golf courses, from the former host of the Scottish Open to small, friendly municipal courses. I don’t play the game myself, but … More Gowf…. or, if you don’t speak Scots, golf!
If you are a fan of eighteenth century novels, you may have heard of Tobias Smollett. If you haven’t heard of him, or think you don’t like eighteenth century literature – why not live dangerously, take a risk, and give him a read? I have to confess that, so far, I’ve only read one of … More Renton’s Writer
Tomorrow, Saturday 27th May, is the 201st annual Drymen Show. What’s that, then? It’s a sign that summer is almost here, that’s what it is – and if the weather tomorrow is anything like it is today – wall to wall sunshine and absolutely scorching – it should be a grand day out. But, what … More It’s (agricultural) showtime!
The flowers are blooming, nesting season is in full swing – I watched a fledgling robin being fed outside my bedroom window this morning – and the garden is so dry I’m scared I’m going to have to water it. In Scotland. This is almost unheard of! It really does feel as if I’m moving … More Here comes the summer!
Everything’s almost done! I’m expecting notification that the flat has been removed from the Council Tax Register and moved over to Rates. As a small business, my rates bill is likely to be either very small or nothing at all – I’m hoping, obviously, for the latter! There are a few things still to do … More Loose Ends
Wow, what a hectic few days it’s been….. I advertised the flat on Airbnb, and within two hours I had my first booking….. and the place wasn’t even totally ready! Our guests arrived on Friday afternoon. I’d been running around like a runny-around thing all morning, and was literally doing last-minute dusting as they rang the doorbell. … More It’s happening!