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Southerness Self Catering – Video Tour & Review of Holiday Chalet

Are you planning a Southerness self catering holiday? Well check out this guide, based on a 1 week stay in Southerness in November 2021. Southerness Self Catering Getting To Southerness Southerness is a coastal village located south of Dumfries. It is about 25 minutes from Dumfries centre. Southerness Self Catering Southerness Village – What’s There? The village of Southerness is dominated by the caravan park. It stretches around the bay and has it’s own entertainment centre, restaurant, takeaway, swimming pool and leisure facilities. There are some residences and along the shore there are a number of permanent houses and holiday… Read More »Southerness Self Catering – Video Tour & Review of Holiday Chalet

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Southerness Things To Do – Cute Cafes, Wonderful Wildlife & Sandy Beaches

Are you planning on visiting Southerness? Want some ideas of things to do in the area? Great then check out this list of things we did during our week long stay in November 2021. (If you want to check out the holiday cottage we stayed in have a look at Southerness Self Catering, which includes a video tour inside the property) Southerness Things to Do Streetlights Cafe, Castle Douglas Streetlights was one of the first cafes we visited during our holiday and it was fabulous. It was a dog friendly cafe, which we didn’t know at first but we went… Read More »Southerness Things To Do – Cute Cafes, Wonderful Wildlife & Sandy Beaches

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Sleeperz Dundee – Fabulous Location & Great Hotel

Are you looking for a great hotel in a very convenient location? Sleeperz Dundee is close to HMS Discovery and the V&A Museum, and co lated with the train station. Check out this review, including a video tour of a room, to see if it’s your perfect stay. Sleeperz Dundee Location 2 S Union St, Dundee DD1 4BFYou visited 3 weeks ago Telephone 01382 725888 Getting to Sleeperz Dundee The easiest way to arrive at Sleeperz Dundee is by train as the hotel is located directly above the train station building. Check out the information about Dundee train station and… Read More »Sleeperz Dundee – Fabulous Location & Great Hotel

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Brodie Castle – Don’t Miss This Quirky Castle and Fab Play Area

Thinking of visiting Brodie Castle? You should because it really is a lovely spot. With lovely grounds to walk in, a quirky castle, cute cafe and a fabulous play area what’s not to like? Check out this guide for all you need to know Brodie Castle Location Brodie Castle is located just off the A96. The castle is accessed by following the signs off the A96 for Brodie Castle which is not the same place as Brodie Countryfare. Brodie Countryfare is an upmarket shop and delicatessen and cafe. It is worth a visit. If you follow the signs for the… Read More »Brodie Castle – Don’t Miss This Quirky Castle and Fab Play Area

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Highland Cottages with Hot Tubs For Bubbly Holiday Bliss

Are you looking to visit the Highlands of Scotland? Looking for Highland cottages with hot tubs so you can enjoy some bubbly holiday bliss? Great – well here is a selection picked just for you with some notes from me to help you find you perfect stay! I’ve organised this list in ascending price order. These properties take dogs too 🙂 (If you haven’t visited the Highlands before then I would recommend 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Visit the Highlands – it will help you get the most from this unique part of the UK) Highland Cottages… Read More »Highland Cottages with Hot Tubs For Bubbly Holiday Bliss

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Inverewe Gardens Scotland – A Fab Garden for All To Enjoy

Looking to visit Inverewe Gardens Scotland? Great – it’s an amazing place and it is well worth a visit. In this article you will find details of what is where at Inverewe plus some photographs to give you and idea of what there is to see, although it will of course change depending on the seasons. Inverewe Gardens Scotland Location Inverewe Gardens Scotland is located at; Poolewe Achnasheen IV22 2LG (Like many Highland postcodes it is actually quite a long way from Achnasheen so bear that in mind!) Telephone: 01445 712952 Travelling from Inverness to Inverewe Gardens Scotland Travel time is… Read More »Inverewe Gardens Scotland – A Fab Garden for All To Enjoy

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Dog Friendly Cottages Inverness – Fab Stays With Furry Friends

Looking for dog friendly cottages Inverness? Great – then this post is for you! I’ve handpicked a selection of houses, cottages and apartments around the Inverness area which are all pet friendly. They all include WIFI, linens and heating too. I’ve given a sense of the location of each property so get reading and find your perfect stay today. Dog Friendly Cottages Inverness 1 Bedroomed Property in the Heart of the City Beside the River Ness 2 Dogs Douglas Row is a terraced cottage located very close to the main shopping area of Inverness. It is located beside the River… Read More »Dog Friendly Cottages Inverness – Fab Stays With Furry Friends

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Lodges with Hot Tubs Inverness – Bubbly Blissful Super Stays

Well you are in the right place! In this article you will find some great lodges with hot tubs in and around Inverness. Inverness is a great base for a stay in the Highlands, giving you great access to all the attractions that the Highlands has to offer. For now let’s get cracking finding you a great lodge with a hot tub to stay in. Lodges with Hot Tubs Inverness Luxury Lodge For 2 In the Heart of the City The Treehoose is tucked into a quiet corner of Inverness. It’s very near to everything yet it’s location gives it… Read More »Lodges with Hot Tubs Inverness – Bubbly Blissful Super Stays

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Holiday Cottages Inverness – Fab Stays In the Heart of the City

Are you looking for holiday cottages Inverness? Cottages close to the action? Great then this is just the right place for you Check out this guide to holiday cottages Inverness, including information on what’s nearby and the area the holiday cottage is in to help you find your perfect stay. All the holiday cottages in this article include heating, towels and linen because who wants to be cold and doing the washing on holiday! All the properties in this holiday cottages Inverness post also include free WIFI throughout. (These properties are all dog free properties) Holiday Cottages Inverness The Ardross… Read More »Holiday Cottages Inverness – Fab Stays In the Heart of the City

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Hilton Aberdeen Teca – Super Convenient for Events & The Airport

Looking for a real guest review of the Hilton Aberdeen Teca? Check out this review, including a video tour of a bedroom, from a 1 night stay in July 2021 Included in the review are details of the car parking, facilities and getting to the Hilton Aberdeen Teca. Hilton Aberdeen TECA Location The Hilton Aberdeen TECA is located as follows; East Burn Road Aberdeen AB21 9FX Telephone:01224 984111 Getting to the Hilton Aberdeen TECA Travelling West on the A96 Turn left at the sign for TECA and follow the signs for the Hilton Hotel. The TECA is located very close… Read More »Hilton Aberdeen Teca – Super Convenient for Events & The Airport

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Duncansby Stacks Walk – Fab Views & Stacks of Seabirds

Looking to visit Duncansby Stacks? Want to know how to reach it and what is there? Great. Then check out my review of summer 2021 visit to Duncansby Stacks including pictures and a video of this fantastic, dramatic clifftop walk. Looking to do the Duncansby Stacks Walk? The location of Duncansby Stacks is at Duncansby head, to the East of John O’Groats. Getting to Duncansby Stacks Walk Duncansby Stacks are located to the East of John O’Groats, at a place called Duncansby Head. To reach them take a right turn off the A99 just infront of the Seaview Hotel (which… Read More »Duncansby Stacks Walk – Fab Views & Stacks of Seabirds

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Great Wick Self Catering Property – On NC500

Looking for a Wick Self Catering Property? Looking to stay in Wick? Looking for a self catering property? Why not consider this great 2 double bedroomed apartment with free parking, fully equipped kitchen, all linen and towels, great lounge with Neflix and Freeview on the TV within a 10 minute walk of Wick High Street? It’s also right on the NC500 route! Sound interesting? It’s great value and a great place to stay – they even provide all the fabric conditioner and washing powder so it’s a good chance to get your washing done. Check out my review of this… Read More »Great Wick Self Catering Property – On NC500

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Fabulous Forres Self Catering Holiday Cottage

Looking for a Forres self catering holiday cottage? Dog friendly? Rural countryside location? Easy access to Forres? Surrounded by wildlife with walks on the doorstep? Great! Then check out my review of a Wee Gem, a fabulous Forres self catering holiday cottage just 3.5 miles from Forres itself. Here is everything you need to know including a video tour of the inside of the cottage. Forres Self Catering Cottage – Booking Wee Gem I booked A Wee Gem through Cottages.com because I had previously booked a holiday cottage stay but had been unable to go due to travel restrictions in… Read More »Fabulous Forres Self Catering Holiday Cottage

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Courtyard by Marriott Inverness – Great Hotel Next to the Airport

Are you looking for a great hotel right beside Inverness airport? The Courtyard by Marriott Inverness is located just a few steps from Inverness airport. It’s a lovely modern hotel with front facing rooms having views of the runway. Check out my review of a 1 night stay below. In December 2020 I stayed for one night at the new Courtyard by Marriott, Inverness Airport, more commonly known at the Inverness airport hotel. This is a new hotel which opened in March 2020. It’s great for Inverness to have an airport hotel, although there are plenty of hotels in Inverness which is… Read More »Courtyard by Marriott Inverness – Great Hotel Next to the Airport

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10 Important Things To Know Before Visiting the Highlands

Are you planning on visiting the Highlands? If so, great, and great choice by the way. I’ve been lucky enough to live in the Highlands of Scotland for coming up on 20 years and I still absolutely love it. There is always something new to see, a new delight, a new surprise – I’ve never lived anywhere like it. If you want to find out a bit more about what the Scottish Highlands are like then check out my page which includes more about what makes up the Highlands, what there is, what there isn’t and what it is like… Read More »10 Important Things To Know Before Visiting the Highlands

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Loch Ness Tour – Fab Views, Cute Cafes & A Great Drive

Thinking of visiting Loch Ness? Why not drive the complete way round it on this circular easy one day Loch Ness tour. Most people have heard of Loch Ness. It’s one of the most visited places in the Scottish Highlands. What many people who visit the area don’t know is that the Eastern side of Loch Ness is much less visited than the Western side but the views are stunning, plus there are plenty of things to see so it is well worth a visit. Here is an itinerary for your own Loch Ness Tour – a beautiful circular drive… Read More »Loch Ness Tour – Fab Views, Cute Cafes & A Great Drive

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Highland Coach Holiday – A Great Way to Discover the Highlands

Looking for a Highland coach holiday? One which is based in Inverness with trips out? A Highland coach holiday which you can join by plane, train or drive yourself? Great – because SAGA have a new holiday for 2021 called the ‘Scottish Highlands Escape’. Having spent 25 years taking tours all over the world as a coach holiday Tour Manager I’m a bit of a coach holiday expert. Here is my detailed review of the Scottish Highlands Escape itinerary with practical information to help you get the most from this trip I have also lived in the Highlands and guided… Read More »Highland Coach Holiday – A Great Way to Discover the Highlands

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Getting to The Highlands – By Plane, Train or Automobile!

In this article I am going to share the different ways of getting to the Highlands, via planes, trains and automobiles (great film if you haven’t seen it!). Of course Covid19 changes have meant reduced services, and we are all unable to travel at the minute but this is to help you plan how to visit the Highlands if it’s somewhere on your bucket list when we can all get travelling again. Getting to the Highlands – Flights At present there is much reduced capacity in relation to flights to Inverness. This is likely to change in the future as… Read More »Getting to The Highlands – By Plane, Train or Automobile!

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Inverness Airport Hotel – Great Location & Runway Views

Looking to stay at the Inverness airport hotel? Great. It’s a lovely hotel and just a very short walk to the airport terminal building. Check out this review of a 1 night stay shortly after the hotel reopened after Covid19 restrictions eased. In December 2020 I stayed for one night at the new Inverness airport hotel. This is a new hotel which opened in March 2020. It’s great for Inverness to have an airport hotel, although there are plenty of hotels in Inverness which is not far away. Covid19 Restrictions At the time of staying the Highlands was in Tier… Read More »Inverness Airport Hotel – Great Location & Runway Views

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Fabulous Newton Stewart Holiday Cottage Right Beside River Cree

Looking for a Newton Stewart holiday cottage? Great – it’s a gorgeous place to visit. Check out the review of a super cute holiday cottage right beside the River Cree. I’ve also covered things to do in the area and some alternative holiday accommodation available locally. Review of Week Long Stay in Newton Stewart Holiday Cottage In November 2020 I spent a lovely week in a Newton Stewart holiday cottage called Minnow Cottage, a one bedroom cottage bungalow set right beside the River Cree, so close it was almost in the River Cree actually! Newton Stewart is a lovely part… Read More »Fabulous Newton Stewart Holiday Cottage Right Beside River Cree

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Reelig Glen – A Magical & Easy Circular Walk With Fab Views

Looking to visit Reelig Glen? This is a fantastic walk with everything you could wish for – a riverside walk, a grotto, amazing trees and a couple of waterfalls too. It’s spectacular in any season. Getting to Reelig Glen Reelig Glen is easily reach from the A862. This is the road that runs between Inverness and Beauly. If you are heading from Beauly towards Inverness you head out of Beauly, cross of the river (the bridge with the traffic lights) and continue along the main road (passing a right turn for the A833). After passing this turn the road opens… Read More »Reelig Glen – A Magical & Easy Circular Walk With Fab Views

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The Scottish Highlands – A Stunning Destination Anytime of Year

Looking to visit the Scottish Highlands? It’s a wonderful destination anytime of year, whatever the weather. Just the name – the Scottish Highlands – conjures up thoughts of mountains, lochs, monsters and mists and rightly so. I’ve been lucky enough to have lived in the Scottish Highlands for 17 years and I have loved every minute of it. Here’s my overview on why the Scottish Highlands is a fantastic place to visit. The Scottish Highlands Location The Scottish Highlands is at the top of the mainland of Britain. It is the largest Council area in Western Europe with a similar… Read More »The Scottish Highlands – A Stunning Destination Anytime of Year

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Plodda Falls – A Beautiful Circular Walk With Dramatic Falls

Looking to visit Plodda Falls? Check out all you need to know about this fantastic circular walk. It’s got huge trees, dramatic falls and cakes. Plodda Falls – Drama, History and a Cake Shed! Despite having lived in the Scottish Highlands for around 15 years and being a real fan of waterfalls I had never realised Plodda Falls was so nearby. Of course I had explored the lovely Glen Affric area before, and had poked around of the Loch Ness area. I am also well acquainted with the Forestry Commission Scotland website which gives places to visits – but somehow… Read More »Plodda Falls – A Beautiful Circular Walk With Dramatic Falls

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Inverness Hotel Deals – Find Your Perfect Stay at a Great Price

Are you looking great Inverness hotel deals? Looking for a locals guide to help you find the best hotel for your stay? Want to find the best price quickly and easily? Then yippee you are in the right place. I’ve been in the Highlands for 17 years and I’ve stayed at most of the hotels in this article. So let’s get cracking. Inverness Hotel Deals – Quick Video By Me (The Professional Traveller!) Inverness Hotel Deals – Hotels Beside the River Ness Inverness Hotel Deals Premier Inn Inverness Centre (River Ness) 19-21 Huntly Street, Inverness, IV3 5PR The Premier Inn Inverness… Read More »Inverness Hotel Deals – Find Your Perfect Stay at a Great Price

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Easy 1 or 2 Day Scottish Highlands Road Trip With Stunning Scenery

Looking for a Scottish Highlands Road Trip? Having lived in the Highlands for 18 years I never tire of a Scottish Highlands road trip. This itinerary can be done in 1 or 2 days from Inverness, Dingwall or Strathpeffer. It takes in part of the NC500 route but also includes a much less visited, but no less stunning part of the Highlands. This Scottish Highlands road trip is a circular tour taking in Gairloch on the West Coast. Scottish Highlands Road Trip – The Route If you are travelling from Inverness you’ll need to head North on the A9. At… Read More »Easy 1 or 2 Day Scottish Highlands Road Trip With Stunning Scenery

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16 Inverness Activities – Fun Things To Do & Places to Visit

Are you looking for ideas for Inverness activities? Well I’ve got 16 of my favourite Inverness activities and places to visit right here to help you. Let’s get started! (At the time of writing Covid19 is still impacting travel so it’s always best to double check the current rules in advance) PS – This list of Inverness activities contains some places to eat as well, because in my family we consider eating an activity 🙂 Inverness Activities – 1 River Ness Circular River Walk Bonny bridges and an easy route. The lovely River Ness has two footbridges that cross it.… Read More »16 Inverness Activities – Fun Things To Do & Places to Visit

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Village Hotel Aberdeen – Resort Hotel in Aberdeen Outskirts

Are you looking for a nice hotel located out of Aberdeen city centre? Somewhere with plenty of free parking and easy access? The Village Hotel Aberdeen is ideal for you if this is the case. Check out this one night review. (Please note that our stay was in the very early days of Covid19 restrictions being lifted, just enough to allow domestic travel. As such most of the hotel services were reduced.) Village Hotel Aberdeen – Pre Arrival After having a booking cancelled by another Aberdeen hotel on the day of arrival I was able to find a reasonable rate… Read More »Village Hotel Aberdeen – Resort Hotel in Aberdeen Outskirts

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Inverness Airport Lounge – One of the Best & Super Friendly

Looking to use Inverness airport lounge? It’s a regular stop for me and a great way to start a flight. Check out this guide to the facilities available at Inverness Airport lounge. Inverness Airport Lounge Location Inverness airport lounge, operated by Aspire, is located through security. It is closest to Gate Number 3 and opposite the Stag and Thistle bar. You access the lounge through a set of double doors. There is a small desk in the entrance where you sign into the lounge. If no one is at the desk they will not be very far away at all… Read More »Inverness Airport Lounge – One of the Best & Super Friendly