Amsterdam like a local

I have a rule about not going back to a place once I have visited.  Amsterdam is the only exception.  I get twitchy if I don’t get a yearly visit in.  it helps that my best friends live there so there is always an excuse to pop over.  Aberdeen will always be home but Amsterdam…

Pottering in Portmeirion

Portmeirion was conjured up by eccentric architect Sir Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis.  Its reminiscent of the Cinque Terre in the Italian Riveria, but also has an Italy by Disney feel about it, probably because it feels a bit out of place nestled in the Welsh countryside.  This is right up my street.  I love a random…

48 hours in Budapest

I love Budapest for lots of reasons – its a romantic city (whats not to love about standing on a beautiful bridge looking over the city) architecture (especially art nouveau and modernist concrete metro stations), rickety trams, and long leisurely soaks in one of the municipal baths. This trip was spent investigating how many weird…

Corfu in Technicolour

This years summer escape was Corfu in the Greek Ionian islands. These islands lie off Greece’s western coast and the North of the Island is closer to Albania than mainland Greece.  9 years ago we took a few months touring the Cyclades with our one year old daughter, a buggy and two backpacks but this trip was…

Hopeman Bay, Moray

Easter 2017 started with a trip to Hopeman to pick up a VW camper from Moray Firth Campers to head off to do a bit of the NC500.  I never need an excuse to visit this beach as its one of my favourites on the Moray Firth Coast.  These beautifully decorated beach huts are one…

Glen Tanar, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire

A day out of the office today to stretch the legs and get the 10,000 steps in, which can be a challenge some days.  Great company and a picnic packed from a take out from spider on a bicycle in Aboyne and we were all set.  There a few walking routes in the Glen Tanar…

Loch Ewe, Wester Ross

A glorious day for exploring round  Loch Ewe and Poolewe and Aultbea and  Rua Reidh Lighthouse.  I have a thing about red rusty buildings and these look beautiful nestled into the landscape contrasting with the blue skies Drawing Saltires in the sky Built in 1912 by David A Stevenson, Rua Reidh Lighthouse, stands at the entrance…

Rubha Nan Sasan, Wester Ross

I am always fascinated to find these desolate places with crumbling pill boxes and WW2 defences.  This was originally built in 1941 and used until 1944 by the Royal Artillery. Its was used a departure point for convoys to Russia. Cove Battery   Aultbea also has a NATO base and large ships and submarines often come…

Mellon Udrigle, Wester Ross

Mellon Udrigle So far, my favourite beach in this corner of the earth.  Crystal clear water and sparking white sand. Astounding views across the Minch to Coigach, the Summer Isles and Assynt. In some ways I am glad we have the climate we do in Scotland otherwise these beaches would be packed and over-run with tourists…

Sunsets over Sands at Gairloch

I have never been much of a happy camper.  I like my comforts too much.  Caravanning and sleeping in the back of a van on a futon is about as low as I go.  I was mentally scarred by a trip to the lake district in a meagre excuse for a tent which has meant…

North Red Point Beach, Wester Ross

I always draw great inspiration from the sea, something about the coast soothe my soul. This beach reminds me of Balmedie beach in Aberdeenshire. After parking in the small car park, its a stroll over the dunes which opens up to the sweeping vista of pebble dotted red sand. I have an immense sense of wonder…

Little Gruinard Beach Wester Ross

The spectacular Sail Mhor (767m) and Sgurr Fiona  1060m (An Teallach)  on route to  Gruinard Bay.  Today I am bagging Monroes through my camera only! I love a beach and this is a belter.  Glorious pink sand as far as the eye can see.  These steps  are welcoming me down. Gruinard Island opposite the bay where scientists…