Mains of Taymouth Country Estate – Kenmore Birthdays are always worth celebrating, and this year my friend Wendy and I were determined to make a big deal of our 50th (gulp).  The party planning started over a year ago (Wendy is the most organised person I know) and we wanted a classy affair with lovely…

A love affair with Mull – Pennygate Lodge We have fallen in love with Mull! It’s as simple as that.  We courted each other a few years ago but slowly grew apart as Skye and Harris flirted with our attention. Our affair was rekindled earlier this year on a day trip from Oban.  Iona was our…

 Dinner at The Etive Restaurant Blue skies and sunshine were promised for Valentine’s weekend so we did some last minute planning for a road trip West.  We enjoyed an overnight stay at The Ranald Hotel in bustling Oban on Friday night and a hearty dinner at Coast restaurant.  The next day we set sail on…

15 Perfect Stops for Food Lovers on the NC500 We enjoyed a fantastic five days on the NC500 in October – Scotland’s answer to Route 66.  Starting our journey in Inverness, we drove the 500-mile route anti-clockwise with planned overnight stops in Brora, Tongue,  Aultbea and Torridon. We wanted to visit great places to eat and…

Dinner Bed and Breakfast at Aultbea Hotel on the North Coast 500. The Aultbea Hotel was the second last stop on our North Coast 500 tour and the biggest surprise.  We were greeted by a stunning sunset over Loch Ewe and by the equally lovely Ballal who together with his partner Robin bought the hotel…