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…

Queens, Castles and Quidditch

For magical memories, in more ways than one, there’s a medieval marvel not too far from home that’s cast a spell on our young family. Alnwick Castle keeps us coming back for more and the beauty is there is always another nook to be discovered. It may be more than a thousand years old, but…

Viva Vilamoura

Good food, good company and plenty to see and do makes for a pretty agreeable Vilamoura recipe.

Unlocking the secrets of the countryside with Lantern and Larks

Whisper it, but we found our own Secret Garden this summer. It isn’t in a book or on a DVD but is ingrained in our holiday memories forever. It’s a place where the most vivid dragonflies dart through the air, where butterflies flutter through the long grass and where the gentle sound of water lapping…

The five star island

We could reel off hundreds of Mallorcan highlights but for a five star island we’ve boiled it down to our personal top five.

Big fun in the shadow of the Kelpies

Silence isn’t always golden – sometimes it can be a steely grey. Anyone who has stood awestruck at the foot of Scotland’s most iconic pieces of public art will testify to that. There’s something reassuring about the realisation that it doesn’t take big screens, big stars or big bucks to make a big impression with…