The words 'I've had an idea' come out of my mouth on an all-too-regular basis. Some ideas turn out well; others not so much. 'Character building' is what my Dad would say, and it's the phrase that I've now adopted in all situations of the latter.
Edinburgh is always a hive of activity but, in December, the city turns in to a winter wonderland and it gets a bit busy.... so, so busy.
On the banks of Loch Ness, 2km from the small village of Drumnadrochit, lies the remains of Urquhart Castle. A medieval landmark with dramatic scenes that photographers dream about (you might just need to wait a while for the visitors to clear out of the way!).
A walk along a quiet beach can do wonders for the mind and body. Something about the sea air, sounds of the tide and the birds in the distance make you really switch off. Last weekend we headed out to Rosemarkie Beach and Chanonry Point.
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.
If you're looking for a strong coffee with an Argentinian twist, there's no better place in Inverness than the Little Bird Coffee House's regular Cafe Tango events. I stumbled upon this quirky weekend activity on social media a couple of weeks ago and went along to give it a try.
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?