Through the blue door … River North Esk, Angus

About 50 minutes south of Aberdeen is an outstanding walk along the River North Esk. It starts at the Gannochy Bridge, an 18th-century vaulted arch bridge about a mile north from the village of Edzell. You can park in Edzell and walk from there or there's parking beside the blue door itself and also around… Continue reading Through the blue door … River North Esk, Angus

The Balmoral pyramid

Today is the first day we've been allowed to leave Aberdeen after almost 4 months of lockdown. It was Boxing Day 2020 when all of Scotland was put into lockdown. Nearly 4 months later restrictions are starting to lift and we're allowed to leave the city for exercise and mental health but still cannot stay… Continue reading The Balmoral pyramid

Macdui Lodge, Aviemore

When we went to Aviemore we stayed in a pretty cool place so I thought I'd write about it. Our accommodation was Macdui Lodge at Pine Bank Chalets. This was our second visit to Pine Bank Chalets and it won't be the last. The owners are so nice, the chalets are well-run, and the location… Continue reading Macdui Lodge, Aviemore

Potarch Bridge

We visited a lovely bridge over the River Dee today called Potarch Bridge which is about 40 miles west of Aberdeen. It was built by the engineer Thomas Telford in 1811-1813. This is the same Thomas Telford who built the Caledonian Canal and many other bridges all over the UK. I do love an old… Continue reading Potarch Bridge

Loch an Eilein and Landmark Forest Adventure Park

We're back from our holiday in Aviemore and although we were sad to leave it's nice to have decent wifi again at the very least so I can see all the photos we took. It's also nicer to view them on a big screen. My new Samsung phone has a brilliant camera and so we… Continue reading Loch an Eilein and Landmark Forest Adventure Park

An Lochan Uaine and the BMW i3

I managed to tick swimming in An Lochan Uaine (green loch) off my bucket list today. It’s an emerald-coloured lochan with a sandy beach about 5 miles from Aviemore. It’s so inviting that even Daniel and Ben ventured into the water, despite the frigid temperature. I’m not sure what the temperature was exactly but it… Continue reading An Lochan Uaine and the BMW i3

A night to remember at the Fife Arms Hotel, Braemar

This is going to be a long post with lots of photos so apologies in advance. We've just had a magnificent weekend in Braemar staying at the luxurious Fife Arms hotel. It's quite a contrast to our recent glamping adventures and definitely opulent but worth every penny. I've been longing to spend a night at… Continue reading A night to remember at the Fife Arms Hotel, Braemar

Aberdeenshire in the Autumn

A photographer friend of ours visited for a few days this week and took off before dawn each morning to capture the sunrise. One morning he got this shot of Dunnottar Castle which then made The Times the next day: Isn't is marvellous? You can see the full version on his site at https://www.bigladder.co.uk/ We decided… Continue reading Aberdeenshire in the Autumn

The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

We visited the The Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye today, as well as a couple of other places. I'll let my photos tell the story. Loch Carron: Balmacara, heading towards Kyle of Lochalsh and the bridge to the Isle of Skye. The last time I visited the Isle of Skye was a little… Continue reading The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

The West Coast of Scotland

We're on the West Coast of Scotland. It has been more than 20 years since I've been over this way. It's only about 4 hours from Aberdeen which isn't far, but it is too far to come for just a weekend which is what most of our trips are. Fortunately we all have a full… Continue reading The West Coast of Scotland

First day of spring

I've never seen so much snow outside our front door before. Aberdeen is looking gorgeous this morning for the first day of spring. I flew back to Aberdeen from Nice yesterday afternoon and I'm very lucky to be here. All other airports in Scotland were closed and all BA and Flybe flights in and out… Continue reading First day of spring

Wallpaper

I've been ripping wall paper from a wall in the spare bedroom in our new home. I've never done this before and only began because it had started peeling away already and looked rather unsightly. The wallpaper has come off fairly easily but the backing paper sticks so I spray it with water and then scrape it… Continue reading Wallpaper

Edinburgh Christmas market

I'm writing this on the train back to Aberdeen. We had a fantastic day in Edinburgh today. The Christmas markets just began this week and they are wonderful. We went on the ferris wheel and it was a gorgeous day which meant we had spectacular views from the top. There's an outdoor skating rink there which I couldn't… Continue reading Edinburgh Christmas market

Inverness to Aberdeen

We went for a short walk in Inverness this morning before driving back to Aberdeen through the Cairngorms. Inverness is a lovely city. The population is only about 50,000 and the city is built around the River Ness which is beautiful. Here are some pics: We wanted to drive back via the Cairngorms to enjoy the lovely… Continue reading Inverness to Aberdeen

Urquhart Castle and Glen Affric

Today we went for a very scenic drive alongside Loch Ness, home of the infamous Loch Ness monster. We didn't see any monsters but we did see Urquhart Castle, a ruin in a picturesque promontory in the middle of Loch Ness. The castle has seen more battles than most and was eventually abandoned in the 17th century. The… Continue reading Urquhart Castle and Glen Affric