A Visit to Merida’s Home – Dunnottar Castle, Scotland

Dunnottar Castle

During our recent visit to Scotland our hosts, Louise and Graeme from Newton Farm gave us lots of fabulous suggestions of places to visit and one that stood out immediately was Dunnottar Castle. Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland near Stonehaven, about an hour from where we were staying and is the inspiration behind Merida’s DunBroch family castle from the film Brave. The castle is hidden from the road and is a short walk along an uneven path from the car park but as soon as it comes into view you know you are visiting… Continue Reading “A Visit to Merida’s Home – Dunnottar Castle, Scotland”

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”

Our Travel wishlist for 2017

Carnival Vista

Writing a travel wishlist for the year is always trickier than a days out one as a lot depends on being able to get time off work and having the money to do it. Our travel plans have already changed this year with our holiday to Disneyland Paris during the kids extended half term break, cancelled as Hubby cannot get the time off work. To say we are disappointed is an understatement as every time Sebby sees an advert on the TV he exclaims that he wants to go there. Lesson One: Book school holiday time off as early as… Continue Reading “Our Travel wishlist for 2017”

What Are the Top Family Activities in Scotland This Winter?

Edinburgh

Be sure to pack your wellington boots and a rain jacket if you’re planning on visiting Scotland in the upcoming months! Don’t let the weather put you off, though; taking some time to visit this beautiful country in the winter months means fewer crowds, but still so much to see and do. While the children may not think Scotland is the most exciting and desirable holiday destination, the whole family may be surprised by the variety of activities, destinations and events on offer — all given an idyllic twist over the festive period. From city breaks to countryside strolls, here… Continue Reading “What Are the Top Family Activities in Scotland This Winter?”

Here and Now app – fresh, inspiring and fun children and family activities

Here and Now

Here & Now, the geo-driven service that allows parents and carers to find, plan and book fresh, inspiring and fun children and family activities anywhere in the UK whilst on the go, today announces its 360 24/7 availability with the introduction of its Android app and searchable mobile website, complementing its availability on iOS. Both apps and the site offer the opportunity to search by activity, keyword and postcode, simplifying the search process and allowing the customer to tailor their search according to what matters to them. Additionally, users can easily see any existing promotions the venues are running, making… Continue Reading “Here and Now app – fresh, inspiring and fun children and family activities”