Category: Western Europe

Short stay: Kinloch Lodge, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Kinloch Lodge, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Owned by cookery writer Lady Claire MacDonald and home to the first Michelin star on Skye, Kinloch Lodge is easily accessible via both the Mallaig-Armadale ferry and the bridge across to Skye. Impressively voted one of the world’s best small hotels in CondéNast Traveller magazine, the entranceway to Kinloch Lodge is littered with some of […]

A day out with Skye Ghillie on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

A day out with Skye Ghillie on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

We met Mitch Partridge, aka Syke Ghillie, in the car park outside Portree Tourist Information Centre, before heading out in his vehicle for an afternoon of foraging and fun. Mitch offers a respected ghillie service for the experienced angler, offering tuition for individuals and groups, but also turns his hand to other outdoor activities such […]

Short stay: Canowindra B&B, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Canowindra B&B, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Run by Rick and Georgie de Boer (son-in-law and daughter to the owners of Peinmore House next door), Canowindra B&B lies on the outskirts of Portree on the Isle of Skye. This luxury bed and breakfast is overlooked by Ben Tianavaig with stunning views of the Cuillin mountain range to the south and the Old […]

Visiting the Isle of Raasay, Scotland, UK

Visiting the Isle of Raasay, Scotland, UK

Just a short drive from Portree is the village of Sconser from where you can take the CalMac ferry, MV Coruisk, to the island of Raasay. Raasay is just 14 miles long and 4 miles wide, with a population of around 200 people. Taking her name from the freshwater Loch Coruisk on the Isle of […]

Short stay: Lochsie, Peinmore House, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Lochsie, Peinmore House, Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK

Owned and very ably run by Don and Margaret Greer since 2007, Peinmore House is a beautifully kept B&B that can be found by following a signpost to the Braes on the outskirts of Portree. From this peaceful location, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Cuillins to the south and the distinctive Old Man […]

Visiting the Isle of Eigg, Scotland, UK

Visiting the Isle of Eigg, Scotland, UK

We had looked into visiting the small isles of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna but, on studying the Calmac timetable more closely, realised that this wasn’t possible as a day visit from the mainland. Although the ferry operator does run a service to the islands from Mallaig, there is only 10 minutes or so between […]

Short stay: Arisaig House, Invernessshire, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Arisaig House, Invernessshire, Scotland, UK

Arisaig House is very much a family operation (led by Peter and Sarah Winnington-Ingham), perfectly situated for exploring the West Highlands. From here, you can also easily reach the islands of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna, explore Knoydart, or venture north towards Skye. The house dates back to 1864 but was transformed in the 1930s. […]

A day out in North Argyll, Scotland, UK

A day out in North Argyll, Scotland, UK

Whilst staying at the Isle of Eriska Hotel, we took the short journey to the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary which occupies a stunning location on the banks of Loch Creran. There’s far more than just seals here – in addition to the seal rescue facility, there’s an aquarium, interactive touch pool, a wooded adventure play […]

Short stay: Isle of Eriska Hotel, Scotland, UK

Short stay: Isle of Eriska Hotel, Scotland, UK

In 1973 Robin Buchanan-Smith, a Church of Scotland minister, bought the Isle of Eriska with his wife Sheena and, more than 40 years on, it remains in the family to this day, with elder son Beppo now at the helm and very much involved in the day-to-day running of the hotel. Over those four decades, the property […]

A hidden gem: Kilchurn Castle, Scotland, UK

A hidden gem: Kilchurn Castle, Scotland, UK

You could be forgiven for not knowing about Kilchurn Castle. A castle like this in England would not only be well sign-posted, but you’d also be charged entry to go in. In Scotland on the other hand, there’s not so much as a single sign from the road. It was only on reaching the village […]

3 action–packed European destinations that are hot in September

3 action–packed European destinations that are hot in September

With much of the northern part of Europe cooling down significantly from the end of August onwards, there are still plenty of scorching European destinations you can visit if you want to top up your fading tan. Whether you are looking for amazing beaches and relaxation, culture and cuisine or action packed excitement, these destinations […]

The 4 most luxurious chalets in Courchevel 1850

The 4 most luxurious chalets in Courchevel 1850

Courchevel is known as ‘the millionaire’s playground’ but what can you really get for your money? I have been holidaying in Courchevel since I was a child, and now, selling it as a ‘go to destination’ for my high net worth clients, I have seen it evolve over the past 20 years, today, you can […]

Top 3 healthy hideaway retreats

Top 3 healthy hideaway retreats

Today I ask the question: is it possible to go on holiday and detox, or keep up with your training routine whilst abroad? Personally I find it very difficult, mainly because I often travel for business, which involves meetings over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add to that a constant flow of wine and a busy […]

Recipe of the week: Pan-seared diver scallops with a cauliflower purée, chorizo and cherry tomatoes

Recipe of the week: Pan-seared diver scallops with a cauliflower purée, chorizo and cherry tomatoes

Try this wonderful recipe for pan-seared diver scallops at home. Enjoy a culinary adventure featuring compelling blends of international and local culinary traditions as well as a magnifique boost to a healthy lifestyle. Diver scallops make for a great meal because of their very high protein content, essential micronutrients and low fat count. All of […]

48 hours in Barcelona

48 hours in Barcelona

A lot has been said and written about Barcelona. But no amount of reading ever prepares you for this beautiful, cosmopolitan European city. A true melting pot of history, art, culture, gastronomy and all things modern, Barcelona is buzzing with tourists all year round. During my recent trip to Barcelona I realised that if planned […]

Top 3 escapes for gourmands

Top 3 escapes for gourmands

Gourmands and epicureans will go where their taste buds lead; lovers of fine food know no bounds, scouring the world for fresh and innovative culinary experiences, and hotels are increasingly aligning themselves with this rise in gastronomic tourism. Here is our pick of the top three ‘foodie’ events this autumn. Arabian avant-garde in an urban […]

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