I have felt prematurely festive this year and — until last weekend — I blamed it all on Edinburgh. It’s tricky to keep those love-hate Christmas songs out of your head when the Street of Light is on your doorstep! Yet although Scotland’s capital is the cliché Christmas city with its European-esque market, to get the real spirit of Scotland at the start of winter we headed … Continue reading A winter weekend in Perth, Scotland
When you tell folk that you are spending the summer in Scotland, they frequently utter that ‘oh right’ or ‘hmmm’ murmur that basically translates as, ‘Good luck with the weather.’ However, when you manage to sneak in that you’re actually heading to Arisaig, they nod and know exactly why. If you have ever visited the isolated west coast village of Arisaig, you’ll have fallen in love. … Continue reading A postcard from… Arisaig
These walks won’t get your muscles defined, nor will they give you vertigo. Instead, these are four of my favourite wanders in different areas of Glasgow and the west, from city to coast. Alongside each stroll, I’ve suggested an eatery (because we all know that’s the best reward after a day of exploring!)
If I could travel north every weekend, I would. And if I could choose, I’d go to Camusdarach beach, between the small settlements of Arisaig and Mallaig.
The Three Chimneys lies in one of the most isolated areas of Great Britain. Around the croft-like restaurant and hotel, the scree and heather fall away to the ocean; in the distance the sharp spires of the Cuillins threaten overhead. The sea laps like paint around the crevices in the cliffs and on this Sunday morning the water is a startling stained-glass blue.