Posts for tips from the locals

Interview with The Mainstreet Trading Company

Friday 22nd Nov 2013

‘You must go here’, said Sue, waving a leaflet for The Mainstreet Trading Company at me.  I had asked Sue Beck, owner of Hendersyde Holiday Cottages, for her recommendations on places to visit during our one day in the Borders.  As a bookworm, I couldn’t have been happier when Sue suggested this bookshop (while my […]

Tips from the locals: the Scottish Borders

Monday 11th Nov 2013

What were my impressions of the Scottish Borders during a recent, and far-too-brief, trip?  Scenic countryside, clad in the finest autumn robes; atmospheric historic buildings that were witness to some of the country’s most turbulent times; ever-changing light that decorated the rolling hills and valleys; a place of quiet beauty. If you’re planning a trip […]

Your Highlights of Angus

Monday 28th Oct 2013

What do you love about the Angus area?  We asked for your highlights – here are some of your suggestions for top spots to visit.   Angus Glens Described as a real hidden gem, this scenic area consists of five glens: Glenisla, Glen Prosen, Glen Clova, Glen Lethnot and Glen Esk.  Home to a variety of plant and wildlife, the Angus […]

Interview: Big Tree Country

Tuesday 22nd Oct 2013

Did you know that Perthshire is ‘Big Tree Country‘?  We spoke to Paul McLennan, Manager of the Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, to find out more about Perthshire’s spectacular forests and where best to experience them. Why are the forests and woods in Perthshire so special? There are remnants of the ancient Caledonian Forest that […]

Tips from the Locals: Perthshire

Wednesday 9th Oct 2013

What does Perthshire mean to you?  These are the snapshots that come to my mind: landscapes thick with forests; wide, winding rivers, dotted with fly-fishers; majestic mountains and rolling hills; charming towns; a haven for those who love the great outdoors.  From the rugged landscapes of Highland Perthshire to the tranquil farmlands in the south […]

Interview with Skyak Adventures

Monday 30th Sep 2013

For a different perspective on the beautiful island of Skye, why not take to the seas?  We spoke to Gordon Brown of Skyak Adventures to find out more about his highlights of Skye and why the waters around the island are so special. How long have you been running sea kayaking expeditions around Skye? I’ve […]

Tips from the Locals: Fort William and Lochaber

Wednesday 25th Sep 2013

Where better to embrace the beauty of the great Scottish outdoors than Lochaber – the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK‘.  The area stretches from Glen Spean, Fort William and Glen Nevis down to Glencoe and Loch Leven, and across to the scenic coastline from Mallaig to Ardnamurchan.  With lochs, glens and mountains a-plenty (including the […]

Interview: Wild Skye

Tuesday 24th Sep 2013

As this is the year of Natural Scotland, we asked John Phillips, Senior Countryside Ranger for The Highland Council Countryside Rangers, about wildlife watching in Skye and Lochalsh.  If you want to experience Skye’s wild side, take a look at his recommendations. What are your wildlife-related highlights of Skye and Lochalsh? Pipewort and Iceland Purslane – […]

The North Highlands: Tips from Wild North

Monday 16th Sep 2013

The North Highlands will, quite simply, grab at your heart.  It is difficult to describe the grandeur, the remoteness, the sheer beauty of this varied landscape in a way that does it justice (but try I must!).  This is what the Wild North means to me: vast spaces with ancient forests and atmospheric glens; winding […]

Tips from the Locals: Aviemore, Inverness and the Great Glen

Monday 9th Sep 2013

Breathtaking, inspiring, atmospheric… these words are often used to describe the Scottish Highlands.  Home to the UK’s highest mountains, deepest inland waters and largest National Park, and the area is known for its rugged beauty and remote landscapes.   However you want to experience the beautiful glens, winding coastal roads, and spectacular mountain ranges, you […]