• The Kilted Guide

Can't believe it's almost Christmas! I've been too busy over the summer to keep my blog going - New Year resolution for 2020! Now finding the time to do some tidying up, and upload some more photos on the visitors photos page, and record some more of your very kind feedback! Please look at the photos and feedback - new stuff at the bottom!

 

This has been a fantastic season, with so many great guests and fabulous trips. Lots of memorable  individuals, but also some fun extended tours, allowing me to move beyond the Edinburgh area, and get out into the Highlands, Aberdeenshire and down to Ayrshire.  So many wonderful people, and I'd love to name check you all, but you know who you are!

 

I am regularly updating my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, and over the winter will drop in some of my favourite photos - watch out for your photo appearing there.

 

It's such a privilege  to be able to share my passion for this country with visitors, and share some of or fantastic stories.  Whilst I still have a few jobs lined up over the winter, I am also catching up on some reading and research for next year- if you're a return visitor, I can promise some new stories! I've also got approximately 10 weeks of bookings over next summer, so if you're thinking of booking, please get in touch. 

 

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas period, and a well-travelled New Year! Please keep in touch.

 

  • The Kilted Guide

Updated: Dec 14, 2019

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. 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

https://imgur.com/a/YdlBHw9