Our Scottish Road Trip

During our visit to Scotland we decided to take a road trip up the coast of Angus as far as Stonehaven and then turn inland to see the Pine Forests, visit the queen at Balmoral and then turn back and head back through the Cairngorms in search of some snow. During our visit I purchased an Explorer pass which can gain you entry into 77 properties all over Scotland, including Edinburgh Castle and Arbroath Abbey was included and was on our route up the coast, so our first port of call for the day. You enter the Abbey into a small… Continue Reading “Our Scottish Road Trip”

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”