AD: This trip was kindly funded by VisitScotland. Even before Outlander first hit our screens back in 2014, one thing was crystal clear: Scotland is magical. Okay, the likelihood of travelling back in time through standing stones or meeting an entrantress in the pub is slim, but you just have to look at our country to be enthralled by its landscapes, history, castles and culture. … Continue reading A guide to the ultimate Outlander road trip!
Sometimes the unplanned, spur-of-the-moment trips are up there with the best… Don’t you think? Last weekend, after a night at the Lake of Menteith, we drove west beside the flat lands of the River Teith before parking up at Doune Castle. Hidden in a hunk of green leaves beside the water, we felt like we’d stumbled upon a gem. Which actually, we kind of had. … Continue reading Discovering Doune Castle (aka Castle Leoch in Outlander!)
I love the Trossachs. Sitting north-east of Loch Lomond — about an hour from Glasgow — it’s a range of rolling hills, hidden lochs and cute cottages on the waterfront. It’s one of those ‘places of my childhood’. Do you know the ones I mean? Those hideaways you always feel safe in, that bring back fuzzy memories of sitting in the backseat of the car … Continue reading A short and sweet walk above Aberfoyle, Trossachs
I can’t imagine a more outdoorsy man than my dad. Ever since I was little, he’s dragged me up hills, through marshes, into a kayak and towards trig points. He is that guy who — at fifty-two — still insists on donning his foul weather gear to head up the mountains, regardless of the weather or his dodgy hips. So, when I was organising my trip … Continue reading Owning the outdoors at Go Ape Aberfoyle
We don’t often get heatwaves in Scotland but when we do — boy, do we lose our shit. There are queues outside the local ice cream shops, even the most sallow skinned of us Scots end up burnt and most men in the vicinity are sporting ‘taps aff’ fashion (even though for us, a heatwave is about 18 degrees). You gotta love Scotland. Based in … Continue reading Three heatwave escapes near Loch Lomond
‘A breath of fresh air’. I’ve never been a fan of cliché expressions, but in this case I’ll make an exception. I am forever amazed at what fresh air does for the soul. Really. This week, we packed a bag of snacks, took jackets in case the sun disappeared, and drove north. Our destination was Aberfoyle, a small Trossachs town that boasts a lane of … Continue reading Getting lost in the Trossachs
We love Aberfoyle and the stunning scenery that surrounds it. Just under an hour from Glasgow, the winding A81 will take you past the concealed village of Drymen, then through rolling hills before larger crags appear from the earth. Home of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (which features more glorious walks around waterfalls and under wires, thanks to Go Ape), Aberfoyle is a little hub of … Continue reading An autumn walk (and cake stop!) at Loch Ard, Trossachs