The Hermitage & Ossian’s Hall

Just off the A9 near Dunkeld, lies a woodland walk with a surprising beauty spot. On the last weekend in August we decided to venture out to The Hermitage, a National Trust For Scotland protected site which is free to visit (a parking charge applies for non-members). Dunkeld is a gateway to the A9 and…

Visiting Barrie’s Birthplace

Escaping from a rainy Saturday afternoon, the girls and I headed to Peter Pan author JM Barrie’s birthplace in Kirriemuir. Barrie was born in 1860 in a small white-washed weaver’s house in the centre of town, and when he died in 1937 he returned home to be buried in the local graveyard. Kirriemuir has been…

Axe hurling hits the target in Dundee

A new axe hurling facility has opened in Dundee. Unsure what to do for our third wedding anniversary I hit the bullseye when I noticed an offer for axe hurling. Knowing that my husband would love it (and I would too) I booked us in and kept it as a surprise. We arrived 5 minutes…

New Hope For Torry Battery

Torry Battery is soon to have a new lease of life thanks to Greyhope Bay. Built in the mid 1800s as an artillery battery, it continued to protect the city during both World Wars. Afterwards it served as temporary accommodation during post-war housing shortages until the last residents left in the 1950s, when the site…

Learning Norwegian In Lockdown

Like many people I have used my time in lockdown to learn a new skill, and I chose to learn a new language. Being born and bred in the North-East of Scotland, I feel that there are many similarities between the Scandi lifestyle and our own. The love of nature and the outdoors, the expansive…

Highland Safaris Red Deer Centre

The weather hasn’t been great here lately, so when we woke up to a sunny Sunday we knew we had to take advantage of it. I remembered that I had received an email from Itison with an offer for the Red Deer Centre in Aberfeldy, so I gave them a call and booked a time…

A Long Weekend In Kraków

We took a 3-day child-free trip to Krakow to celebrate my 40th birthday, visiting Auschwitz, the Wieliczka Salt Mine and Market Square.

Choose To Challenge – #IWD2021

Today is International Women’s Day, a day where we celebrate women and their achievements, calling our gender bias and taking action against inequality. #ChooseToChallenge yourself and those around you. Here’s a story of a time when I did.

New Year, New Goals – 2021 Edition

Well, that was 2020! There’s not an awful lot to say about it as we spent most of it under a lockdown and various restrictions, so there were no holidays, no big celebrations, and very few local adventures. On the bright side our eldest started primary school and our youngest went into full-time pre-school which…

Seven Kinds Of Biscuit

Sju Sorters Kakor (Seven Kinds Of Biscuit) is a Swedish household staple. After World War II, Swedes celebrated the end of rationing by making cakes, breads and biscuits and, after submitting 8,000 recipes in total to a contest, 300 made it into the first edition of this cookbook in 1945. Since then there have been…