Weddings are magical – and even more so when they are held in a castle that’s nestled in the peaceful Scottish countryside. Glenskirlie House and Castle was the venue for a good friend’s wedding recently – and we celebrated the joining of their two families in an age-old handfasting that went on into the wee hours. (In total honesty I didn’t last all the way into the wee hours when the shots were broken out,… View Post

Glasgow, the Art Nouveau Movement and Cake

Glasgow, the Art Nouveau Movement and Cake

Over the years that we’ve travelled up to Scotland, every time we’d planned to pop over to Glasgow, something got in the way. Christmas snowstorms, temptation by way of Peebles Fish and chips, lazy weekend afternoons, a rampant fire through Glasgow School of Arts and sheer unbridled disorganization. But, we finally made it to Glasgow. We intentionally planned a couple of days there to relax after an intensive road trip into the breathtaking landscapes of… View Post

The 10 best castles in the world (IMHO)

The 10 best castles in the world (IMHO)

My inner princess never thought this was possible. My own country has a history of around 150 settled human years, so the magic of walking through thousands of years of Euopean history never quite loses the unique frisson of delight. This selection is my top 10 of the best castles in the world (well, in my honest opinion anyway!) Suits of armour that tell tales of bravery and hardship, kitchen hearths that fed hundreds of… View Post

Five Scottish gems everyone should visit (Guest post: …

Five Scottish gems everyone should visit (Guest post: Claire)

Not only do I love Scotland, but I also adore Claire’s (of the blog Country Mouse Claire) enormous smile and when she kindly said yes to a guest post on her home country of Scotland, I couldn’t wait to explore a little more of the glorious lands that include the beauty of Skye. ————————————————————- Five Scottish gems everyone should visit While London is my home, Scotland is my homeland, so when Emma asked me to… View Post

8 inspirational UNESCO sites around the world

8 inspirational UNESCO sites around the world

UNESCO is a club that all of the famous world heritages sites want to get into. Think of the listing as the glittery lip gloss worn by the popular schoolyard kids, only it applies to gloriously dusty buildings instead. I came to England intent on exploring the architecture of Europe, and haven’t done too badly over the years with my collection of UNESCO favourites. It’s one of my 101 in 1001 days goals to visit… View Post