Brian Sutherland got away from it all whilst staying at the newly opened Sail Loft Bunkhouse at Portsoy on the Moray Coast.
Many people think of hostels as youth hostels, for young adults, but in many ways it is great to go Hostelling with children. The self catering facilities are ideal for early mealtimes and in some cases hostels come equipped with ready made play mates. Most importantly a stay in a hostel could be the first time your children learn to make friends with holiday makers from other countries.
On our Garden Walkers trip to Orkney we visited all the places any tourist would want to visit. The standing stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar, Skara Brae and Skail House. All special places to visit which make a lasting impression of the landscape as it would have been thousands of years ago.
We aimed for Roy Bridge fifteen miles north east of Fort William. We based ourselves in Aite Cruinnichidh (the gathering place) close to the Monessie Gorge.
The wind blew and souched around the blackhouses. The rain was carried on the wind and our spirits were low. We stepped inside Gearrannan blackhouse hostel closed the door and there was silence. It was warm, snug and quiet. The thick walls and the deep thatch kept all the noise of the wind outside where it belonged. All thoughts of weather disappeared and we relaxed.
We were on a four day expedition to visit the Scottish gardens of the North. The hostel accommodation provided by Sleeperzz.com and Helmsdale Hostel was comfortable and fun and the gardens were aglow with colour.
Dumfries and Galloway is a beautiful part of Scotland, a lovely destination for a holiday, often missed by visitors heading further North.
An opportunity for me and my family to spend five super days on a fresh air holiday on Mull, which is fast becoming my favourite island. We did see Eagles on three separate occasions but sadly, look as we did, the shy elusive otters evaded our attention. What better reason to come back.
Five hours sail from Oban on the West coast of Scotland lies the compact island of Barra near the south of the chain of islands known as the Outer Hebrides. The sea, the sand and the people make Barra what it is. Special.
The highlands and islands of Scotland are most beautiful. The scenery is magnificent. The fresh air is plentiful and bracing. The islands are isolated and amazing and the hills and mountains are out of this world. Here are some tips and advice to help you make the most of your time in this wonderful country.
I travel with a group of lovely girls on our “expeditions” to see Scotland’s garden and landscapes. The Sailloft at Portsoy is a good as a base for exploring old Banffshire and Aberdeenshire.