Stepping back in time to savour the medieval magic of Silves

Intriguing sights around every corner, enchanting sounds of musicians in full flow, the roar of a rowdy jousting crowd, tantalising smells of food roasting on open coals, the hubbub of market traders and a quite stunning natural backdrop – the boxes on the checklist are all ticked by the Silves Medieval Fair. But what sets…

Wildlife and stars, campfire and canvas … Lantern and Larks

School’s out for summer, so it’s time to relax – time to unwind, unplug, go off-grid and truly get away from it all. To do that you need to be far from the madding crowds and we found the perfect spot for some end of term R&R. No queues, just hedgerows, no traffic, just the…

Home is where the heart is

  Finding a home from home is one thing, but finding one with heart is something altogether more special. If there’s one thing you can’t escape at Errichel, in the rolling hills of Perthshire, it’s the love and care that has gone into creating a rural retreat with character and soul. A working farm that…

Home from Home in stunning Northumberland

Within half an hour’s drive from our home in Scotland we’re incredibly fortunate to have stunning coastlines, dramatic mountains and glistening lochs – not to mention the rolling hills peppered with forest walks in between. When it comes to picking short break destinations you would be forgiven for thinking we’d like to mix it up…

A family Nordic Winter wonderland trip.

Whisper it: Now’s the time for the C word. Spring has sprung, the morning chorus is getting louder, daffodils are out in bloom, lambs are leaping – so it’s the perfect time … to start thinking about Christmas. Yes, it’s controversial to be slipping the C word into a family travel blog at a time…

Shining a light on Spectra 2017

It takes a lot to tempt anyone out into the cold and dark of a winter evening in our corner of Scotland – but in Spectra, Aberdeen’s festival of light, there has been the perfect answer to the urge to hibernate. Now in its third year, the attraction is going from strength to strength. Thousands…

If you go down to the woods today…

If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a big surprise. Or yesterday, at least. And not bears, but haggis. Sprinkled with a bit of fairy dust … let us explain. Formartine’s, in the heart of Aberdeenshire, has become of our favourite stomping grounds. On the edge of the Haddo Estate, the…

Top 5 Scottish Beach walks

Top five: Scottish beach walks   We’ve all been merry in the season to be jolly, embraced the sentiments of the season of goodwill to all. That leaves the New Year, the season for …fresh air. As the dust settles on the hubbub of Christmas and New Year, where better to blow the festive cobwebs…

Have you found your happy place ?

Have you found your place yet? We have – a place where the waves roll in, the breeze whistles a sweet tune and the sunset lasts forever. That’s how it feels at least. Yes, we might find another special spot sometime soon. There’s a big, wide world out there waiting to be explored after all….

Edinburgh’s famous five

  It’s Scotland’s capital, the seat of government and one of the world’s most historically significant cities – but there’s far more to Edinburgh than the grown up stuff. For family fun, it is hard to beat and in a whistlestop two-day adventure over the October holidays we revisited old favourites and discovered some new…

French Riviera for family fun

Guide books, websites, blog posts, travel brochures and everything in between have been brilliant sources of inspiration when it comes to unearthing new destinations – but good old fashioned word of mouth has a part to play. It was a friend of a friend of a friend who first pointed us in the direction of…

More to Murcia than buckets and spades

  There’s something strangely satisfying about landing somewhere you think you’ve got the measure of and finding there’s much more than meets the eye. Alicante and Murcia fall squarely in that category for us. Both well-trodden Spanish tourist trails, just a hop and skip from each other, but if you dig a little deeper (no…