I love hill walks but I’m a total unfit beginner. I was desperate to ‘bag’ some of Scotland’s famous munros, but the truth is, I am unfit and unprepared to take on such a big climb. You hear of some of these horror stories of young people underestimating the complexity of Scotland’s landscape, and going out for a hike with only shorts and a mobile phone. (Or that one guy who needed rescuing after climbing Snowdonia in his undies!!).
I spent a week in Inverurie in Aberdeenshire this winter. With my last break from work in September, I was determined to get outside as much as possible, despite staying in a beautiful cottage with a hot tub. This meant finding local walking routes to take advantage of – Udny Station to Newmacher.
Being an AV Geek, I knew I wanted to spend my birthday at Scotland’s Flight Museum seeing the Concorde. I had never heard of such a place until I came across a photo on social media and knew instantly I had to experience it for myself.
The Hotel Barcelo Santiago is a luxury four star all inclusive hotel hugging the ragged coastline of Tenerife’s Puerto de Santiago resort. It offers visitors breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, the island of Gomera and the famous Los Gigantes cliffs.
Brig O’Turk is a small rural village situated between Callander / Loch Vanachar and Loch Achray (Duke’s Pass) in the Trossachs National Park; it offers a gateway into a relatively easy walking route around Glen Finglas Reservoir.
We only had couple of days in Bremen so we were keen to experience the main sites and taste the local beer – the widely exported Beck’s bier. We were able to not only get it in every bar, but we got to go on a guided tour of the very brewery/factory where it is made.
I had visited New York before back in 2010. No wait, let me rephrase that. I had visited Manhattan before back in 2010.
When I was 18, I had just gotten my first proper job in my local supermarket and decided to spend my first pay packet on a deposit for New York City. I was young, naive and was focused solely on ticking the big sites off my bucket list: Central Park, Rockefeller Centre, NBC Studios, The Natural History Museum, a Mets game. We done it all.
This time around, I was determined to explore a little further. This included getting to know Brooklyn a little better – even if it was just dipping my toes into one area: Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO.
I’m not one to stay in fancy hotels, I normally opt for anything that’s cheap and cheerful. Especially when I’m doing short city breaks and planning on spending as little time inside as possible. But when I found an amazing price on Booking.com for the Radisson Blu for my trip to Bremen, I couldn’t turn it down.
We travelled to Bremen for the May Bank Holiday as a last-minute trip. I wanted to take full advantage of the extra free day off work so decided to take the Friday off as a holiday to make it a 4-day weekend. Bliss! You can read my post here on what we did on our trip.
Mugdock Country Park has absolutely everything you would want in a park: walking trails, wildlife, a pond, a loch, castles, kids play park, bike hire and an amazing cafe with homemade food. But best of all, Mugdock has history.
After spending quite a bit of the summer travelling to Germany and Croatia, I was finally happy to get back on track and exploring Scotland again. I was kindly invited to explore the New Lanark World Heritage Site and discover the cotton mills and learn about life in the village for those worked and lived their during its prime.