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
When I’m visiting an area, I’m always intrigued to discover a bit about its background (although I do quite like exploring coffee shops too…) When we are in Dumfries & Galloway with Visit Scotland, we’re lucky enough to learn a bit more about this history-rich region.
‘You have to go up high to get good views’, says Mike. He’s driving his minibus up a steep incline as we manoeuvre potholes and perilous ditches en route to our accommodation. The road curves abruptly, stone dykes marking our path, and finally the hillside eco-house falls onto our horizon.
Walking up to Annandale is like looking at the Ikea of whisky distilleries. The sandstone is fresh and untainted, the doors a bright blue and each pane of glass etched with a signature ‘A’. Although this place first opened back in the 1830s, the First World War put paid to Johnnie Walker’s alcoholic ventures here, and the building fell into dusty dereliction. Then in 2008, a very rich man and a £150,000 grant began to resurrect these alcoholic ashes from the grave. Annandale was reborn.