Simply the Best (of the West)

Where else would you find bagpipes, bass guitar, drums and a brass section all sharing the same stage? It has to be a Red Hot Chilli Pipers gig of course! For us this was the high spot of a fun weekend at the Best of the West festival, held in the grounds of Inveraray Castle.Continue reading “Simply the Best (of the West)”

Getting into the tourism scene

I really want to be part of the tourism scene, so I have taken a wee job!  For the last few weeks I have been working part time at Inveraray Castle – ancestral home to the Dukes of Argyll and the seat of the clan Campbell. The castle is an iconic local landmark

On the Bonnie Bonnie Banks

Will all my travel blogs have a song attached? I wonder. We’re very close to Loch Lomond, and it’s always one of our first stops when we pick up friends from the airport. It’s usually their first glimpse of a majestic Scottish loch and we know that once we get them to Loch Fyne andContinue reading “On the Bonnie Bonnie Banks”

Fun and (Highland) games

There is nothing that conjures up images of Scotland quite like the sound of pipes and drums, and that was main sound we could hear as we drove into Inveraray today. The highland games season is well underway, and I have been waiting patiently for my first chance to experience this quintessentially Scottish pastime firstContinue reading “Fun and (Highland) games”

We’ve just come down from the Isle of Skye …

I’m sure you have a song playing in your head now?  Wait until you’ve read this blog, then click on the link at the bottom to hear the full version. Back to Skye.  It’s all work, isn’t it?  Not a native to this area, I have taken it on myself to visit as many placesContinue reading “We’ve just come down from the Isle of Skye …”

Let’s hop on our bikes and go to the pub

Seemed like a simple enough suggestion, so off we went, free-wheeling to the Creggans.  The recent showery spell has kept us mostly indoors for a couple of days and we were in need of some fresh air and exercise.  A little run down our quiet lane, then along the shores of Loch Fyne, followed byContinue reading “Let’s hop on our bikes and go to the pub”

Easter visitors – meet Barnaby, a very well-travelled bear

 A bit like that other bear with the red wellies, Barnaby Bear has been around a bit. His home is with Class 1 at Greenhill Primary School in Wakefield but, whenever possible, he accompanies his classmates and teachers on their travels, and captures his adventures on camera to share them with the class when heContinue reading “Easter visitors – meet Barnaby, a very well-travelled bear”

The first month … storms, drains and automobiles (well tractors, actually)

So, as you already know, we saw the place, couldn’t resist it and moved to Scotland.  We knew it wouldn’t be quite ready for us to move in and might need a few tweaks, so we set up camp in the most fantastic surroundings of Strachur House, in the lovely Rhoda’s Cottage. Our love forContinue reading “The first month … storms, drains and automobiles (well tractors, actually)”