The Last Post… and the Selkirk Grace

The only way to build up your store of travel stories is quite simply to travel! We learned the hard way in Scotland that to try to maintain a blog site while having fun is simply not good use of time – so will try the simpler route of using Instagram and Twitter and leave…

Glencoe Massacre – “Treacherous Bastards!”

We asked a friend from Edinburgh about the best route to take from Skye to Glasgow. ¬†Obviously we had take the high road on the “Bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomand..” – somehow there’s a song around every corner! But his email guidance grew ominous when he added… “You’ll be going through Glencoe, home of…

Swinging south – last day on Skye…

Just as well the sun only sets after 11pm – long days make for plenty of time to have adventures before the next round of kitchen battles. We loved the north so much, and felt that it had been hurried, so we nearly ignored the southern loop! However, Talisker and Corbost was south, so too…

Tasting the “Storm” on Skye

Imagine making it all the way to Scotland on a whisky tasting adventure and not making it to Islay! Yip – story of our holiday. Having fallen amongst thieves in Speyside and on Skye, we simply ran out of time. Islay has half a dozen of the best known and most loved west coast single…

A day on Skye – doing the “northern loop”

So Bonnie Prince Charlie escaped from Culloden and crossed to Skye, disguised as Flora MacDonald’s maid – time to look for any signs of Flora and maybe follow a somewhat tenuous word association – enjoy the spectacular fauna and flora on offer. A map of this tiny island cons you into thinking that you can…

Gym and tonic anyone?

We all know that boutique gins are all the rage, so felt obliged to try a gin pairing at the Woodstock Gin Co this morning. Actually, the tasting was a great birthday gift – and made for a great reason to visit Woodstock. Turns out it is very easy to find – right at the…

And in the blue corner… keeping it real at the Stein Inn

As fine as fine dining may be… there really is a limit! Not only does your pocket need to be nurtured (especially when traveling on the wobbly ZA Rand), but if you only eat high end, you risk missing finding wonderful “real food”. So with 3 nights on Skye, there was never a question that…

In the red corner, we have Chef Michael Smith of Loch Bay…

As an obsessive, compulsive watcher of foodie channels, imagine my excitement on hearing that the guy who won the main course dish on Great British Menu (the Red Nose Comic Relief Series) was our host and chef! His winning goat tagine was titled “I love children but I couldn’t manage a whole kid”! Bring it…

Battle of the kitchens – live now on Skye

All pre-holiday research that involved food and fun on Skye said that we would never get a table at The Three Chimneys – even with a hefty deposit and many months notice! Challenge duly accepted. 3 nights on Skye, 3 very different kitchens to try – high end, favorite local pub and very, very high…