Norton House Hotel Walk

At the beginning of the year I noticed that the Norton House Hotel & Spa just on the outskirts of Edinburgh had opened up their grounds for people to come and enjoy during these lockdown times. They also have set up a little bothy selling hot drinks and hot rolls, which in the recent weather…

House of Gods Hotel

In early December, for a certain someone’s birthday, I booked us into the House of Gods Hotel in the Cowgate to take advantage of their ‘Locked up like I’m famous’ package which included pizza, cocktails and ‘unlimited prosecco’. I’d seen pictures on social media of the package and it looked like a lot of fun,…

Cramond Brig and Dalmeny Loop

I spotted on social media a few weeks ago the 52 Hike Challenge, it’s one of these challenges that you sign up for, get a list of potential hikes and a medal at the end for completion. The downside is that it’s based in America and therefore the hikes are not relevant and no option…

Tigh-an-truish, Isle of Seil

Trying to make the best of this semi-lockdown situation, we found ourselves on another road trip. This time to the Isle of Seil (more on that in another post!). The Isle of Seil is about 25 minutes south of Oban, on Scotland’s West Coast. It’s also famous for its ‘Bridge across the Atlantic’, a small…

The Fife Arms, Braemar

After a lovely weekend up on the Moray Coast (more on that later!) we stopped off in Braemar on the way back home. I haven’t been in Braemar in years (about 15 to be precise, when I was doing research for my Masters’ dissertation!) and in general it hasn’t changed, except for one place –…

Garrison West, Fort William

Since lockdown has eased and we are allowed to travel a bit more freely around our own countries (though I could really do with some sunshine!) we have been taking short breaks and the odd random day trip. Our first random trip seen us take an overnight stop in Fort William before heading out onto…

Whiteadder Reservoir & Priestlaw

Typically, once lock-down rules were slightly relaxed the grey grim usual weather of a Scottish summer appeared. However, it didn’t stop us venturing out for a welcome walk in the hills and some fresh air! We headed out of Edinburgh into the Lammermuir Hills on the edge of the Scottish Borders, a part of the…

Spitalfields Art

When the weather is favourable I do like to go for a walk at lunchtime, unfortunately depending on where I am working the walk is not often that scenic. Working recently in the City in London I discovered it is a haven of art!  From regular art displays in Broadgate to the Sculptures that can…

Kelburn Castle & Estate, North Ayrshire

I often like to take the opportunity to get out of Edinburgh and head to somewhere a bit random. The latest of these trips took us to Kelburn Castle & Estate over on the west coast at Largs. Otherwise known as the ‘Graffiti Castle’ due to it being painted by group of Brazilian Street Artists…

Shore Walk: South Queensferry to Cramond Ferry

I did this lovely walk a few weeks ago as part of my Kiltwalk training, its quite an easy walk from South Queensferry through the Dalmeny Estate to Cramond Brig.  The path is track in parts and tarmac in others and of course with the added benefit of nice views.  We parked just at Hawes…