Posts Tagged: Highlands of Scotland

Swim!

I’m just back from a swim with my sister. In all honesty, even though I can hardly yet feel my legs from just below the knee, this is the most alive I have felt in months. But while we might class today’s early morning adventure as swimming, we barely swam a stroke. What we did… Read more »

Handing the journey over to ‘The Gods of Travel’

My life has become marginally less stressful since I started entrusting my fate on public transport to ‘The Gods of Travel’. They don’t exist of course, but that doesn’t stop me from handing over responsibility to them for on-time departure and arrival times. Will my train get there on schedule and will there be a… Read more »

Camping again, thanks to Cameron McNeish

The weather forecast for last weekend was glorious, but someone forgot to tell Inverness. In place of the promised 20C and sunshine we had cold winds and haar. The plan had been to chuck the tent in the car and head off west late in the afternoon, but we were stalling. Our track record of… Read more »

Tourism. It’s not just for tourists!

Are you stuck for something to do this weekend? Well you shouldn’t be. For inspiration check out the list of finalists and awards winners at the 2017 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards. I guarantee you won’t be stuck for long. In fact you might find yourself running out of weekends. I was in the enviable… Read more »

This place? It gets under your skin.

The thing about the north of Scotland is that it gets under your skin. And it seems to suck people in, regardless of background or age. From the tranquillity of the islands in the heart of Inverness, to the majesty of the Cairngorms, there is beauty at every turn. Where better to walk on a… Read more »

Embrace Outlanders – or be left out in the cold

The Highlands are missing a tourism trick. Yes, we do great things with Nessie. North Coast 500 is phenomenally successful, and our landscape and scenery are – in my biased opinion – second to none. But who is catering for Outlander fans? It’s hard to describe a multi-million dollar publishing phenomenon in just a couple… Read more »

Clever, clever NC500, and Pokemon GONE!

Castle of Old Wick. Image Alan Hendry

What’s not to love about NC500? At the time of writing (and I fully expect this record to be broken again soon) the fastest time for cycling all 518 scenic but hilly miles of the NC500 route is 29 hours. That record was set by cyclist James McCallum in June, who pedalled almost non-stop round… Read more »