Scotland

Courtyard by Marriott Inverness – 1 Night Review Dec 2020

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 not far away. Covid19 Restrictions At the time of staying the Highlands was in Tier 1 so it was OK to stay overnight. Not long after our stay the Highlands went into Tier 4 so overnight stays are only allowed in connection with essential work or as per the Government list of… Read More »Courtyard by Marriott Inverness – 1 Night Review Dec 2020

Newton Stewart – Top Tips on What To See And Do

Review of One Week Stay in Newton Stewart, November 2020 In November 2020 I spent a lovely week in Newton Stewart in a self catering cottage called Minnow Cottage, a one bedroom cottage on the ground floor set beside the River Cree. The cottage is dog friendly. As my stay fell during Covid19 restrictions I was cautious about eating out. For clarity there I travelled from a Tier 1 area to Newton Stewart which was Tier 2 and this was allowed during the current system. Newton Stewart Newton Stewart is a market town with a traditional high street, set alongside… Read More »Newton Stewart – Top Tips on What To See And Do

Reelig Glen – A Magical & Easy Circular Walk With FabViews

Reelig Glen – A Gorgeous Circular Walk The Professional Traveller • Sep 13, 2020 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… Read More »Reelig Glen – A Magical & Easy Circular Walk With FabViews

Scottish Highlands – Stunning to Visit 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. 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 geographical size to Belgium. Suffice to say it is pretty big. The Southern border of the highlands… Read More »Scottish Highlands – Stunning to Visit Whatever the Weather!

A beautiful circular drive to Plodda Falls with a dramatic circular walk

Plodda Falls – Drama, History and a Cake Shed! Follow my blog with Bloglovin Despite having lived in the 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 I had still missed it! Having seen a picture of the falls on Instagram I decided to head out and take… Read More »A beautiful circular drive to Plodda Falls with a dramatic circular walk

Inverness Hotels – 7 Hotels In or Close to the City Centre

Inverness Hotels – Local’s Guide Are you looking for a locals guide to Inverness hotels? Then yippee you are in the right place. I’ve been living in the Highlands for 17 years and in that time I’ve stayed in most of the Inverness hotels. Let me introduce you to my pick of hotels, share my views in relation to their facilities and location. Plus I’m also sharing the best website I’ve found for hotel prices – it searches across the internet to find the lowest prices, saving you lots of time and leaving more pounds in your pocket. If you… Read More »Inverness Hotels – 7 Hotels In or Close to the City Centre

2 Day Stunning Circular Drive with Gairloch Hotel Review

Circular Highland Scenic Drive Gairloch is a lovely spot on the West Coast of Scotland, blessed with a wonderful location and thanks to the Gulf Stream some warmer weather too, hence a few palm trees dotted about the place. Here is our itinerary for a one night stay we took in the October school holidays. It’s a beautiful scenic drive that can easily be done in a day from the Inverness area or East coast area if you prefer. Likewise it could easily be amended to take it a little bit slower. Scenic Circular Driving Route We set off from… Read More »2 Day Stunning Circular Drive with Gairloch Hotel Review

15 Fun Ideas for Things To Do Inverness – By a Local

Things to Do Inverness The Professional Traveller • Oct 07, 2020 Are you looking for things to do Inverness? You are in the right place. Inverness is a small city, well more of a town and not a big one at that. You can easily see everything in Inverness in one day. At the time of writing there are ever changing Covid19 restrictions in place so it’s always best to double check before you visit anywhere or anything. The River Ness Inverness Circular River Walk Bonny bridges and an easy route. The lovely River Ness has two footbridges that cross… Read More »15 Fun Ideas for Things To Do Inverness – By a Local

Village Hotel Aberdeen – 1 Night Leisure Stay Review 2019

The Professional Traveller • Jul 26, 2020 My nephew and I recently stayed at the Village Hotel Aberdeen for a 1 night leisure stay. Here is my review of what a Covid19 hotel stay actually feels like with some suggestions for guests and hoteliers to improve the overall experience plus some information about the hotel and the surrounding area that I hope other guests will find useful. Pre-Arrival Our stay was actually booked at the Hilton Garden Inn in Aberdeen. However, the hotel was actually closed so we were unable to stay. For some reason I checked my emails first… Read More »Village Hotel Aberdeen – 1 Night Leisure Stay Review 2019