Highlands of scotland
Achmelvich lies just three miles north west of Lochinver. The single track road that takes you there, and especially the latter portion of the track are typical of highland B roads. One in one out and hope and pray you don’t meet a caravan on route. Once you have made it you reach a stunning beach […]
Lochinver is a village on the coast in the Assynt district of Sutherland, Highland, Scotland. A few miles northeast is Loch Assynt. We stayed here in a rented cottage An Sealladh which was the perfect spot to explore from. From here you could walk into Lochinver and take the car to explore Assynt No light pollution […]
Assynt is a wild landscape of rough and rocky moors and crags. This walking route gives a good introduction to the wilderness or this area. This walk is 2.5km long and will take 45 minutes. Most of the walk is accessible for young families or wheelchair users. The path will give you amazing views of […]
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 […]
Today we walked from the other side of the Forvie Nature reserve to Collieston and towards Old Slains Castle on the coastal path A cold but beautiful day with blue sky and low golden winter sun perfect for topping up the much needed vitamin D at this time of year. Forvie is protected with a […]
It’s fair to say this beach is our local go to. Before the AWPR (Aberdeen’s western peripheral route) was built it used to take about 40 mins to get here. Quick beach trips meant Aberdeen was more accessible but now they are much the same, about 25 minutes away which is magic for quick adventures […]
Beach walks are amongst my favourite pleasures and I have visited many from here to the world famous Bondi in the southern hemisphere. I think the Aberdeenshire coast is underrated, unspoilt in the most part and its wildness and diverse landscape, its beauty. I was very underwhelmed by Bondi, but I believe we are spoiled […]
2021 started for many with a hefty dose of home schooling. We were no exception to this. Science for our 14 year old was all about rock typology, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. I can honestly say I have acquired new skills due to covid in rock classification, who knew! The reason for this introduction is […]
We drive past signs for these coastal hamlets on the main road to Aberdeen but have never veered off to explore the until today. As a project, we decided to try and visit as much of the coast as we could and hopefully it will all link up and we will have walked most of […]
I used to walk here with my family a lot as a child. My Dad was originally from Woodside, near here. The River Don long ago was an industrial river and laterally was home to paper mills. A history of snuff mills, calico-printing and cotton mills from the 1800’s. Below are old sluice gates from […]
From here you can walk to the Brig O’ Balgownie or Footdee at the other end of the Beach.
A short walk from the car park takes you to the magnificent cliff top ruins of this once epic castle. You can wander around inside and even, slightly edgy, climb some of the towers. You can get some amazing views of this lovely coastline The new Slains Castle occupied a position on which an old […]
I have driven past Balmoral my whole life but for over 40 years have not visited. Armed with a picnic, my mum and daughter we decided to spend the day at Balmoral. Well if’s good enough for the Queen its good enough for us too.
Always on the look out for new routes to wander through. Monymusk is a pretty village on the edge of Monymusk Estate, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Monymusk House sits proudly near the River Don and there was a great walk admiring Bennachie in the background along through the estate and back to the village.
I’m not going to lie, there are a few castles kicking about up here, but this one is quite special. A perfect day for a wander from Stonehaven Harbour up the coastal path to the castle and back. Take a detour to Black Hill war memorial on route and enjoy the views. Its about 4 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We chose the most amazing weekend to visit the East Neuk of Fife. As they say in Scotland “what a belter” To say I was mesmerised by the nooks and crannies in this area is an understatement. My previous experience of Fife was Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and driving through the throng of tourists, students and golfers […]
Wester Ross Highlands & NC500 Route
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Such an Idyllic place for a spot of lunch just three miles south of Gairloch. The Badachro Inn complete with own jetty and sun deck in this sheltered cove was todays refuel stop. Think we’ll make use of the deck. The local haul here tends to be lobsters, crabs and prawns. Yum! Love these majestic […]
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