All posts filed under: Scotland

Exploring Luss, Loch Lomond

You might have read my previous post about our visit to the beautiful Cameron House on Loch Lomond. During our stay, we thought we’d hire some bikes and cycle to the nearest place to the hotel, Luss. Google Maps had said it was about half an hour, but when we hired the bikes from Lomond Shores, we were told it was more like double that. Thanks Google Maps! At which point Tim asked if I could actually ride a bike! Cheeky git! And when my mum called to say ‘Happy Birthday’, she nearly choked with laughter when I told her our plans for the day. There’s a theme here…To be fair I hadn’t been on a bike since I was about 11 years old in Yorkshire when my friends and I used to practically live on them. But after nearly 20 years (blimey) I was pleased to say I could ride it, although it took some getting used to (and I had an extremely sore bum at the end of it, I clearly hadn’t got …

A Birthday Break at Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond

Tim and I wanted to go for a relaxing long weekend away for my birthday at the end of October. We’ve been abroad for lots of weddings over the summer, and we’re planning a long-haul holiday for early next year, so we wanted to go somewhere a bit closer to home. We visited Edinburgh earlier this year for our first wedding anniversary and just fell in love with it, so we thought we’d explore a bit more of Scotland, this time in Loch Lomond. The only obstacle was that we wouldn’t have a car – Tim passed his driving test just under a year ago, which meant he didn’t have a year’s worth of driving on his license to rent a car, and I still can’t drive (that’s a long story for another time!!) So we wanted to find somewhere that we could just relax for the weekend and explore the local area on foot/public transport. We weren’t expecting too much of the weather either, with it being the end of October, so somewhere with …

Review of Ondine, Edinburgh

During our recent long weekend in Scotland, we visited Ondine for dinner. Researching where to go beforehand, we loved the look of this (largely) seafood restaurant, and it seemed to have a great reputation. They were actually hosting a Duck and Waffle brunch with Dan Doherty the following day, but aside from already having lunch plans, we figured we could enjoy his food back in London (although bizarrely we still haven’t managed to pay the restaurant a visit, it’s been on ‘the list’ for so long!) Ondine is located on an upper floor above shops/restaurants just off the Royal Mile. In the centre is a bar, with a display of fresh, chilled oysters to tempt you as you walk in. We were seated right next to another couple, fairly close to the bar. There were quite a few tables free in other parts of the restaurant, which often irks me, but to be fair, the rest of the restaurant filled up to capacity pretty quickly. (Photo taken from the website) This might sound a bit …

Haggis, Neeps & Tatties at Whiski Rooms, Edinburgh

One of my very favourite foods in this world is haggis. Not for everyone, I’m sure. But the love affair started at a very young age. When I was a toddler, in fact! My mum was pushing me around the supermarket in the trolley and I wouldn’t shut up (no change there then!) A lady was handing out haggis samples and without a care in the world (or a clue what was in it!) I was shovelling it in my mouth. Apparently I couldn’t get enough of it, and we had to go back for seconds. And maybe thirds… Pretty much every year since, we’ve had traditional haggis, neeps and tatties (mashed swede and potatoes, for any of my international readers!) for Burns Night. In Cyprus it was sometimes tricky, but we often had friends smuggle them over when they came to visit! So you could imagine how excited I was at the prospect of getting to indulge in the stuff during our recent trip to Edinburgh! I searched for ‘top places to eat haggis …

A Wonderful Weekend in Edinburgh

It was our first wedding anniversary in February this year, and my present from Tim was a weekend away in Edinburgh (1st anniversary = paper, i.e. paper ticket!). I was so excited – I hadn’t been to Scotland since I was a child and I’d been longing to go back ever since I returned to the UK from Cyprus in 2006. Ten years later, I finally did it! We flew with BA from City airport which was such a great idea on Tim’s part – we were up in Edinburgh in a flash! We hopped in a taxi and 15 minutes later we arrived at our beautiful hotel, The Waldorf Astoria (formerly The Caledonian). The view from our room was incredible – you couldn’t ask for a more amazing view when staying in Edinburgh (and as you can see, the weather was pretty great too!) We dropped off our things and headed into the city to explore. The Waldorf is centrally located right next to Princes Street, in walking distance of everything you’d want to …