• The Kilted Guide

As I finally have a day off, I think it is time to update my blog with some of the places I've been, and the groups I've welcomed. Mid-June saw the marvellous Maggie Norton yoga group come to Dunkeld. We had a great week exploring the East of Scotland, including some places I don't get to as often as I would like - I love it when visitors go off the beaten track. Amongst the highlights of a packed week were a walk to The Hermitage in Dunkeld, where we got the opportuity to invest in the money tree! Slightly dreich weather, but one of the few days we had to don our waterproofs!






At St Andrew's we visited the Castle, and the old mine and counter-mine dating back to the 16th Century seige. Crawling through the tunnel when you're my height is not good for claustrophobics! The view over to West Sands, used in the iconic beach scene in Chariots of Fire, helped get pulse back to normal before we explored the side streets, spotting the clay cat chasing clay rat on old cottage roof.

We also managed to fit in a quick visit to Falkland Palace's royal tennis court

Balmoral Castle, the Queen's home in the Highlands got a visit, with a small detour to visit Diarmid's Grave, a stone circle in Glenshee.

A visit to Stirling is always fun, and I celebrated with some turmeric scones from the fabulous Aran Bakery in Dunkeld (quality tested by myself, just in case it was a bad batch!). King's Knot provided a short stop-off en route to the main event!



On Midsummers Day we took full advantage of the long day with a full day. We visited beautiful Pitlochry, before heading to the lovely village of Fortingall with its thatched cottaged, the Fortingall yew (UK's oldest tree - possibly 5000 years old), and the Croft Moraig stone circle.





This was followed by a fabulous evening at the amazing Crannog Centre, a recreated iron-age settlement. There was traditional music, an opportunity to whittle whistles, and even to make fire withoput matches! we held an impromptu ceilidh, and basically had a ball!

On the last day we stopped off at the Kelpies to finish what was a great week. Haste ye back!






  • The Kilted Guide

Just returned from the most wonderful week with the extended Whitman/Hsu family on their annual reunion. This fantastic family gathered from California, Arizona, Hawaii and Hong Kong, and we had a complete ball travelling across Scotland. We visited Loch :Lomond, Oban, Skye, Inverness and Balmoral (and everywhere in-between). we had a ceilidh with a piper escort from the hotel; a murder mystery night (can't believe that an ex-policeman was the murderer twice!!); sailed on Loch Ness, celebrated a birthday and enjoyed great company. Too many photos to post, but small sample attached.  I have now created an IMGUR account where full range of photos can be seen, just click on this link


  • The Kilted Guide

Fab, fun 6 days with Sally and Raynor Ewart from Down Under. These two ladies certainly packed a lot into their Scottish trip, having visited Speyside, Shetland and Fair Isle before I picked them up in Aberdeen.  After visiting Old Aberdeen, and Kings College, we had a run through beautiful Royal Deeside. A quick stop at Brig O' Feugh to see the salmon leap, before arriving at Ballater, terminus of the Deeside line. The girls saw Queen Victoria's train carriage and private waiting room - they even got to sit on her throne! 


Our journey continued over to Culloden, where the hopes and dreams of the Jacobites were so cruelly ended. Day 2 saw us run down the shore f LochNess, before travelling through the beautiful Glen Shiel. Saw some feral goats, descendants of those abandoned during he Highland Clearances, and stopped to visit the Clan Macrae burial site. Quick stop at the wonderfully quirky Manuelas bakery before visiting Eilean Donan - one of Scotlands most picturesque castles.


Day 3 saw us explore Skye. Cuillins looking majestic, and some typically mixed weather as we went round the islands. Thankfully it always cleared at the most scenic spots. Visited Museum of Island Life, with its cluster of old thatched cottages, which now have a great display of life in the 19th/early 20th centuries  Xrove down