A Visit to Glen Doll in search of Snow

A Visit to Glen Doll in search of Snow

When we arrived at our holiday cottage in Angus, Newton Farm it was snowing, much to the kids excitement, however it was dark so we had no idea if it was settling. Getting up the following morning we could see snow on top of the hills in the distance, but there was none to play in with us, so we asked Louise and Graeme where we could find enough for the kids to play in and they suggested Glen Clova, which was a short drive away. One of the six Angus glens, Glen Clova is a valley with superb views… Continue Reading “A Visit to Glen Doll in search of Snow”

Bringing the past to life with Verdant Works in Dundee

Verdant Works

Whilst visiting Dundee we visited Verdant Works, a restored mill housing interactive displays telling story of 19th-20th century local jute production. After purchasing our tickets in the cafe and shown the map we headed off on the self-guided tour. The first port of call was the office where we met Mr Forrester the Mill Manager who showed us around the office and explained what all the old equipment was for and how it was used. I have to say he was engaging and interesting, interacting with the kids and asking them questions to get them interested in their surroundings. We then… Continue Reading “Bringing the past to life with Verdant Works in Dundee”

A visit to the Reekie Linn Falls in Perthshire

During our recent holiday in Angus we spent time looking through the pamphlets that were left out on the coffee table to decide where we wanted to visit and one that stood out was Reekie Linn. Reekie Linn is a waterfall on the River Isla in Perthshire in Scotland and the most impressive one locally. Having looked at the website to check its accessibility we decided to add it to our local itinerary as it is just a short five minute walk from the car park along a woodland path. We parked up at the small carpark which overlooked the pretty… Continue Reading “A visit to the Reekie Linn Falls in Perthshire”

A Private Tour of Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle

For February half term we are staying in Angus and no visit here would be without visiting the ancestral home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and birth place of Princess Margaret – Glamis Castle. From the moment you approach the castle along the long mile long driveway, framed by manicured gardens and great Oak trees and with an abundance of pheasants, you know you are approaching a very special place. Glamis Castle has been the ancestral seat of the Lyon family since 1372 and has grown and been added to over the centuries. Pauline, our tour guide, was a… Continue Reading “A Private Tour of Glamis Castle”

Kids Eat Free this Half Term at Bel & The Dragon

Bel & The Dragon

Bel The Dragon is a collection of seven characterful Country Inns in the south of England, each bursting with its own personality and quirks. Take a short break, enjoy a family day out or indulge in a fabulous feast this February half term, with children under 12 able to eat for free* Monday to Friday from Friday 10th to Tuesday 28th February 2017. With inns in Cookham, Kingsclere, Churt and Odiham and restaurants located in Reading, Windsor and Godalming, there is plenty of choice for fun activities to make a day of it. Local attractions near sites include Go Ape… Continue Reading “Kids Eat Free this Half Term at Bel & The Dragon”

10 things to do in Dorset this February Half Term

Weymouth Sealife Centre

It feels like the kids have only been back to school for five minutes since their last school holiday, but half term is almost upon us. February can be a bit hit and miss weather wise so here are my top ten suggestions, five indoor and five outdoor, for activities to entertain the kids during the school break. Outdoor Fossil hunting! Did you know the winter months are the perfect time for searching for fossils on the Jurassic Coast? Pull on your wellies, wear your warmest coast and check out our post on the best fossil hunting beaches to visit.… Continue Reading “10 things to do in Dorset this February Half Term”

Our favourite beaches for Fossil Hunting in Dorset

You are probably thinking I am mad talking about fossil hunting during the winter months, but it is the perfect time of year for it, as stormy weather churns up the beaches exposing the fossils from the rocks and the cliffs. Dorset is famous for being the home of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site which stretches from Studland Bay in Dorset westwards towards Exmouth in East Devon, a distance of approximately 96 miles. The coastline features outstanding geology with parts dating back over 185 million years. For this reason it is a hotbed for fossil hunting with hundreds of… Continue Reading “Our favourite beaches for Fossil Hunting in Dorset”