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…

Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa, Pitlochry

I’m always on the hunt for a wee night or weekend away from city life, somewhere comfortable, with good food and preferably a spa (though the latter is not a deal breaker)! It’s just nice to get away from the norm, particularly in these more challenging times we find ourselves in. So, a friend and…

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…

Haar, St Andrews

Haar: A cold sea fog that most often occurs on the east coast of Scotland. But also a new(ish) and rather good restaurant up in St. Andrews. We were visiting St.Andrews at the beginning of February for our anniversary weekend and having read great things about Haar we decided to give it a try. The…

Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery, Glasgow

A wet windy Wednesday seen us both work in Glasgow for the day, and with no real rush to go home and a list of recommendations of eateries in the City in our back pockets, it seemed a good idea to take advantage.  The first place to be ticked off the list was The Two…

Venison Carpaccio

Earlier this year Stuart attended the Ballintaggart Cook School outside the beautiful village of Grandtully near Aberfeldy in Perthshire. I have previously written about our stay at The Grandtully Hotel, which is owned by the Rowley Family from Ballintaggart and staying here is a lovely way to make a weekend of a cook school visit….

The Grandtully Hotel

Back in March we finally made it to The Grandtully Hotel in Perthshire, run by the wonderful family behind Ballintaggart Farm and formerly the Supper Club Charlie and Evelyn’s table in Edinburgh. Having visited the Supper Club, I knew that their next venture would be a great one. The Grandtully Hotel sits in the little…