All posts tagged: Scotland

Saving the Forest with The Gin Bothy

It’s no secret now that I just adore gin. I think this was encouraged by my best friend Ceri, who you will no doubt have read about on this blog – she is a gin queen and has inspired my love of this delicious spirit. I’m always excited to learn about and try new gins, and one of these recently was the Scottish ‘Gin Bothy’, with a wonderful and heart warming story. I’m also a lover of all things Scottish – you might have read about my recent trips to Edinburgh and Loch Lomond on here – Tim and I are hoping to visit again soon, this time with the car to explore even further afield. This is also a gin which is ‘doing good’ – sales of the artisan small batch gin are raising money to conserve the precious ancient pine trees whose needles give it flavour. Loch Arkaig pine forest near Spean Bridge was recently bought in a partnership between the Woodland Trust and community group Arkaig Community Forest. Now award-winning Angus distiller …

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 Edinburgh Larder Bistro

Prior to us going up to Edinburgh for the weekend recently, I’d been researching places to go for lunch. As you can imagine, you’re spoiled for choice in this city, but something about Edinburgh Larder Bistro really appealed to me. The dishes and ingredients looked fresh and delicious. The Bistro is tucked away on the corner of Alva Street in the West End, down some steps, so you might not see it. But you really should! Stepping down ‘underground’, the restaurant is incredibly cosy and candlelit. But if you head through to the back, there’s an adorable ‘orangery’ style area, which is where we were seated. I tried a rather unusual lavender gin, served with tonic, which was lovely, and Tim had a craft beer. We ordered the set lunch menu which was great value, with three courses for £15. To start, we both ordered the wood pigeon pastrami with pickled beetroot on walnut toast and Strathdon blue cheese dressing. It was gorgeous and the flavours just worked so well together – beetroot and blue cheese are a …

Exploring Edinburgh Castle

During our first wedding anniversary trip to Edinburgh a month or so ago, we visited Edinburgh Castle. I’d actually been there once before but I was very unlikely to remember any of it – I was in my mum’s tummy when she was pregnant with me, 30 years ago! If you visit Edinburgh, the castle is almost always in sight, standing proud up on the hill in the centre of the city. We headed up there one morning and I was blown away by the amount of things to see and do within the castle (almost quite literally, it was a rather windy day!). After exploring some of the grounds, we ventured into the Regimental Museums, to the tune of bagpipes, where we learned about the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards. Next we headed into my favourite (although perhaps the most dark) part of the castle, the prison. There’s a short video of it here: The first prisoners were French privateers captured in 1758 soon after the outbreak of the Seven Years War, but over the years, …