Articles in Category: Scottish Highlands and Islands

A Walk of Two Halves

A Walk of Two Halves

In NE Scotland, schools still get 2 weeks off in October that in times past were to allow schoolchildren to help harvest potatoes from the fields, hence the name Tattie Holidays. They’re probably my favourite school holiday because Aberdeenshire bursts into colour at this time of year. So as usual we spent most of it exploring some of the woods around and about. As fellow Ambassador Jennie said in her latest post, often the best walks are the unplanned ones – most of those October days we just pulled on our wellies, grabbed a windproof raincoat, jumped in the car, and headed to one of our favourite spots.

Return to Loch Awesome

Return to Loch Awesome

Last year, the boys had such a great time canoeing on Loch Awe that they decided it should henceforth be known as ‘Loch Awesome’. News that we were going canoeing there again was greeted with whoops of glee. It was a while since we’d been out in the canoes, so we decided to make things easy and put in by the railway bridge at the northern end of the loch near Kilchurn Castle just as we had on a previous trip.

There's a clue in the name!

There's a clue in the name!

I don’t know what they’ve been feeding James at school but he has shot up overnight and seems to be growing out of everything quicker than we can replace it. I was frantically trying to get everybody out the door for a family walk up our local hill- Dumyat, on the outskirts of Stirling to find James’ feet had grown a size in the space of week.

Taming the Beast from the East

Taming the Beast from the East

All week we’d been hearing horror stories about the impending “Beast from the East” and on the Wednesday we finally awoke to snow. We were all a little bit disappointed to be honest. Whilst it was lovely to have some snow it wasn’t quite the amount we’d been expecting. Don’t get me wrong we were just being greedy, there was plenty for sledging but nothing befitting the red alert we had. Well we shouldn’t have worried the Beast from the East had more it store for us -much more!

Just Add Mud...

Just Add Mud...

The early spring half-term week off school can be a bit of an anticlimax - you start off full of good intentions to get out and about whether it’s foggy, rainy, icy or snowy, but it soon gets tricky to persuade the smalls to get out and about when it’s just the same old scenery you’ve visited lots of times before and at least one of them is just a little bit too poorly to go exploring much further afield.

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