Tag Archives: Scottish Highlands

Farewell to #Orkney, via the Old Man of Hoy #Scotland

On our last morning on Orkney, we thought we should investigate a little closer to home – or rather, near to where we were staying with a friend who had kindly offered us the use of her converted steading (barn) for our stay. The property is at Deerness, around 13km south east of the main […]

Visiting Hoy, #Orkney #Scotland

It feels appropriate to start wrapping up my series of posts from Orkney – so many it will have taken a full year to complete! All the posts so far have been from the mainland, there was so much to see that we only had time to visit one of the other islands: Hoy, which […]

Viking settlement on the Brough of Birsay #Scotland #Orkney

Still catching up on my trip to Orkney, I’m taking us back in history again, this time to the Vikings. I recently read a fantastic historical novel (3 books in 1, really): King Hereafter, by Dorothy Dunnett. Published in 1982, the language is far more dense than modern books, and more Tolkein-esque in style with […]

Join me for a wander through our lockdown garden adventure

Unless things reverse, which is always possible, it looks like July will see some return to normal life, so I’m preparing to go back to work. Of course, having moved to the Scottish Highlands mere days before lockdown, this will entail a totally new ‘normal’ for me. I will now be travelling hundreds of miles […]

Living the dream – moving to the #Highlands of #Scotland

Life was somewhat manic this week as I began the final stages of my grand move to the Scottish Highlands to live the life I’ve dreamed of for 20 years – ever since I fell in love with the region on a holiday visit. I don’t have much time to spare just now, so I’ll […]

Farewell to the year from hell, looking forward to #livingthedream

Traditionally this is the time of year when bloggers do a round up of the previous year. I wasn’t going to join the masses, but I changed my mind, as this has been a momentous year in my life – awful, but life-changing as a result. Whilst 2019 began hopefully, with the successful release of […]

#Holiday, Touring the Inner Hebrides – Isle of Skye #Scotland

We reach our final destination on our recent grand tour of the Inner Hebrides – the Isle of Skye. I cannot deny it, the weather on our first day there was appalling! So much so, it was a challenge to get places, and stand upright long enough to film and photograph. On the other hand, […]

#Holiday – touring the Inner Hebrides – Iona #Scotland

I still have several days of our autumn holiday to recount, and before it slips my mind too far, I’m going to get these posts done! After our scary boat ride out to awesome Staffa Island and Fingal’s Cave, we didn’t return immediately to Mull, but instead landed on Iona – a tiny island with […]

#Holiday – Touring the Inner Hebrides – Mull & Staffa #Scotland

To reach our next destination, Mull, we needed to drive up the west coast to Oban. All of the west coast of Scotland is beautiful, but this trip didn’t give us any spare time to stop and admire views, as the time between ferry sailings was pretty tight. We’d already explored a lot of Oban […]

#Holiday Touring the Inner Hebrides day 3 – Island of Islay, #Scotland

The Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura sit very close together, and are most famous for their whiskies! Jura (which we didn’t get across to) is largely uninhabited and mountainous, with a short road down one side leading to a few houses and, you’ve guessed, a distillery. Jura is a great malt whisky, which even […]