Posts for natural Scotland

Scotland’s Wild Side: Dumfries and Galloway

Tuesday 20th Aug 2013

You may think that you have to head to the Highlands to experience the autumn red deer rut and spectacular natural landscapes – but did you know that Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland is a haven for wildlife, with a range of diverse habitats and home to all of Scotland’s Big 5 (red deer, otter, seal, […]

Spotlight on The Galloway Forest Park & Dark Sky Park

Friday 9th Aug 2013

Who better than a Recreation Ranger to give tips on visiting a beautiful Forest Park?  This month we spoke to Lucy Hadley, from Forestry Commission Scotland, for ideas on things to see and do in the Galloway Forest Park and what makes the skies above it so special. If a visitor only has one day to […]

Tips from the locals: The Isle of Arran

Tuesday 23rd Jul 2013

It is easy to see why the Isle of Arran is referred to as ‘Scotland in Miniature‘.  The landscape of the north is likened to the rugged Highlands with its mountain-torn skies (after ten minutes we stopped to photograph two deer standing against a backdrop of mountains and purple flowers), whereas the rolling land of […]

Make Tracks for Scotland: Highland Train Journeys

Monday 24th Jun 2013

It may be to do with emotional scenes of greetings and farewells; it might be the fact that I can lose myself in the blur of passing countryside; it may just be a bit of nostalgia for a bygone era, but to me there is something so romantic about a long distance train journey.  (Admittedly, […]

Tips from the Locals: Fife

Sunday 16th Jun 2013

Fife – a region known for its golf courses, its spectacular long distance walking trail (the Fife Coastal Path) and the picturesque villages that huddle into its beautiful coastline.  Make yourself at home in a Fife holiday cottage and explore this lovely part of the country.  If you want to step off the more beaten […]

Fife’s Beautiful Beaches

Wednesday 12th Jun 2013

The ever-so soothing sound of waves rolling onto the shore, the tangy smell of salt, the feeling of sand between your toes… a trip to the beach is surely the antidote to our busy, fast-paced lives?  (Even looking at these photos makes me feel calmer…). If you’re in need of a few relaxing lungfuls of […]

Tips from the locals: natural Scotland

Monday 27th May 2013

To celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 we have put together some tips from self-catering owners on great local spots to enjoy the beauty of natural Scotland, from wildlife watching to stunning landscapes. 1. The Corran Ferry, Highlands: The Corran Ferry, just a couple of miles from Springwell Cottages, takes you to Argour (a […]

5 Romantic Settings in Scotland

Wednesday 15th May 2013

Mist-veiled hills, dramatic mountain-ripped skies, atmospheric lochs, castle ruins… Scotland is a land brimming with romantic settings.  There are beautiful spots across the country which will set your heart a-flutter, from the remote beaches in the Western Isles to the castle trail around Aberdeenshire.  Whether you’re looking for somewhere picturesque and peaceful to enjoy a […]

Stay a While in The Black Isle

Wednesday 1st May 2013

Lying north of the awe-inspiring Loch Ness, the charming city of Inverness is often a base for tourists who want to try their luck at Nessie-hunting.  But there is so much more to the Inverness area than Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle (beautiful though they are).  One of my favourite areas is The Black Isle […]

Forget France and Portugal… head to Scotland this Summer

Sunday 21st Apr 2013

White sand beaches with clear waters, palm trees, world class golf courses, UNESCO World Heritage sites, National Parks… how many of these spring to mind when choosing your summer holiday destination?  What if I told you that you can find all of these (even the palm trees) in Scotland?  I know what you’re going to […]