I’m sure there are plenty of New Yorkers who have never been up the Empire State Building and many Parisians who scoff at the idea of climbing the Eiffel Tower. My version of this is Culloden Battlefield. I grew up approximately 2 miles from this famous landmark and while I had (probably reluctantly) walked around it once or twice as a child, I am slightly ashamed to admit I knew very little about the events that took place there until last week. My lesson? Don’t look past your own doorstep - you never you know what you might learn.
This summer we were fortunate enough to have been invited to lots of social occasions across the country. We caught up with friends and family, ceilidh'd hard and did a lot of miles by car, bike and foot. While I'm a real advocate for being busy, active and on-the-go, it can all become a bit overwhelming and dare I say... exhausting?
If anyone feels like putting their relationship to the test then I would recommend hopping in to a canoe with them for four hours. Thankfully, we survived the test and had a brilliant day trip with Explore Highland, canoeing through Aigas Gorge near Beauly. We launched at the Aigas Reservoir and, with unbelievably good weather, [...]
To me, the Isle of Harris was the place we went for our Easter holidays every year. We would go visiting, feed up on pancakes, gambol around the moors chasing sheep and long for the rain to stop so we could go to the beach. Now that I'm older - nothing has changed, with the exception of an appreciation of just how beautiful this island is.
One of my favourite places in the Highland Capital is Velocity Cafe and Bicycle Workshop. So I suggest you grab your thick rimmed glasses, pack your MacBook and pedal over to get yourself a hummus superfood salad with a flat white. Then, when you're finished, learn how to tweak your vintage city bike so you'll be cruising like a pro. A pro hipster that is.
Between Nairn and Cawdor lies a hidden ruin with its own tragic love story. History (well, lets face it - Google) tells us that in the 13th Century, the lands around Rait Castle - situated between Cawdor and Nairn - became the subject of a bitter feud between the Cummings and Mackintosh clans. The first structure had been built by the Mackintoshes, but seized by the Cummings in the late 1200s, and for over a century the dispute raged on.