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.
Despite being a fairly outdoorsy person there is one thing in life I like to avoid as far as possible: Camping. Tents that are either freezing cold or boiling hot; trying to pack that tent into a bag that will never fit the same way again; squatting in the woods; gas stoves blowing out in the howling gale..... the list goes on. Basically? I don't like camping.
There is so much to do in Aviemore it's hard to know where to start, so I decided to break myself in gently by starting small and working my way up to the more adventurous sights. Nestled in the Cairngorm National Park, Aviemore is a busy town all year round with tourists and locals doing various activities by land, mountain, water, snow and tree (yes, they have zip wires - I cannot wait for that one to happen!).
'You're moving to Inverness? There's not much to do there...' was a statement I heard a couple of times prior to our move from Glasgow in 2016. Oh how wrong they were. If you are a keen explorer and enjoy being active in the outdoors then the Highlands is your playground. Whether walking, running, cycling or skiing, there is a route out there close by that is guaranteed to satisfy you.