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November / December 2021

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Contents

Welcome Featured in this issue. Our wide range of guides including natural health & wellbeing, care awareness, beautiful homes & gardens, the farmhouse project and autumn motoring. We also have our Hidden Gems holiday guide featuring our selection of beautiful holiday destinations for you to choose from.

04 Natural Health & Wellbeing

07 Beautiful Homes & Gardens

12 Autumn Motoring

05 Care Awareness

11 The Farmhouse Project

14 Hidden Gems Holiday Guide

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Osteoporosis in the Spotlight Osteoporosis or brittle bones disease affects an estimated 200 million people worldwide. The disease weakens the bones meaning they fracture more easily. Breakages can occur all over the body, but they are most common in the wrists, hips and spine. Whilst osteoporosis can affect both men and women, it’s around four times more common in women, and most common in women who have been through menopause. There’s plenty of ways you can support bone health, starting with what you eat. Vegetarian and vegan diets are associated with a lower risk of osteoporosis, in part because they are less acidic than diets rich in animal protein. Vitamins C and K are crucial for healthy bones, as is calcium. Try to eat four servings of calciumrich foods a day. If you find dairy products such as yoghurt, skimmed milk and cheese, hard to digest, spinach, broccoli, beans, peas, sardines and pilchards are also excellent calcium providers, and they contain heaps of 4

magnesium, which is important for calcium absorption. Silica, from the element silicon, is also understood to play an important role in bone health, as is Urtica or stinging nettle. Not a fan of nettle soup? Try A.Vogel’s Urticalcin with Urtica, calcium and silica. Exercise can also help, especially high impact exercise, such as jogging, power walking and step aerobics. Finally, do schedule in regular bone density scans especially if there is a history of osteoporosis in your family. For further information visit Gary and his team at Healthy Route, 18 Silver Street, Leicester.

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Care Awareness

Care UK - Recommendation of the Month

Choosing a care home is a huge decision and one which can have massive consequences for residents and their families. Making that choice a home run by Care UK is one way to ensure that you or your elderly relative receives high quality care tailored to their own individual needs by people who really do care, at every level. With more than 35 years’ experience of providing care to the highest standards, Care UK is among the market leaders, with award winning homes helping people to live comfortably, safely and as independently as possible. These include homes convenient to readers of this magazine; Ambleside in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Priors House in Royal Leamington Spa and Lonsdale Mews in Quorn, Leicestershire. They are all different and unique, with their own on-site facilities, in many cases including a hair and beauty salon, café, cinema room and pub, not to mention beautiful gardens. Great attention is paid to infection control and home has a safe visiting pod so family visits can continue, whatever is happening in the outside world. A thermal imaging camera at the entrance ensures that people entering are not infectious and fogging machines are regularly used to disinfect large areas as a safeguard. Some provide a pleasant, comfortable home for people who don’t require very much assistance, while others, including those mentioned above, also provide nursing care, respite care, specialist dementia care and compassionate end of life care. They also provide, with Lonsdale Mews residents enjoying en-suite wet room showers. The homes are divided into suites for residents with similar needs, each with access to a lounge and dining area, creating a close knit minicommunity within the home which helps people to get to know each other well and flourish. Dementia-friendly décor and design helps residents to stay reassured and confident. The latest technologies help to keep safety standards high, such as electronically adjustable beds and a round-the-clock nurse call system, while others add a touch of luxury, such as premium TV packages, tablet computers and apps designed by dementia specialises to offer hundreds of activities. www.livingintheshires.co.uk

Trusted to care Award winning care homes If you’re considering care for yourself or a loved one, discover why Care UK leads the way with over 35 years’ experience. Call 03722 912187 or search careuk.com

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We at Living in the Shires magazine would like to wish all our readers a very happy Christmas. As we move into a new season of celebration, every householder and home-maker will be wanting to make their abode as welcoming as possible for themselves, the people they live with and the friends and family who come visiting. For some, all there will be time for before New Year 2022 will be running out the traditional decorations and adding seasonal scents via room fresheners, diffusers and home cooking. For others, though there could be one last push to make a significant home improvement in time for all the excitement, while yet more will be making plans for projects in the months to come. Whatever your situation and the current state of your home, our brilliant advertisers have the expertise and products to make your investment count. Expect the highest levels of customer service from these quality independents. They all take immense pride in delivering the best possible results for both inside and outside the property and they frequently ‘go the extra mile’ to ensure their customers have the best possible experience while they’re doing it. Premfloor UK is the go-to company for flooring of all types, including a huge range of carpets and vinyls in up-to-theminute designs. Oaksmiths are carpenters who handcraft bespoke oak structures from porches to outbuildings, while

Aquarius Interiors Ltd supplies premium quality curtains and blinds specially made for any and every window. BB canopies is a local leading installer of canopies, awnings and retractable roof systems, adding comfort and elegance to those outdoor entertainment spaces. TradeMark K&B Design specialises in perfect fitted kitchens, bedrooms and home offices, and Eco Window Systems make and fit PVCu windows, doors and conservatories with outstanding energy efficiency at surprisingly low prices. If your project has anything to do with pipework, Hinckley Plumbing & Heating Services Ltd has you covered, dealing with everything from complete central heating systems to boiler repairs. Ashby Decorator Centre has top quality decorating materials for those spectacular finishes and Ambion Artificial Lawns provides products which look great in the garden but don’t require any cutting, mowing or weeding.

Premfloor UK Premfloor UK takes flooring to a whole new level with its diverse range of coverings from carpet to Karndean plus a design service to give customers exactly the kind of style, texture and presentation they want. The company carries out work for both domestic and commercial customers, but for home owners it provides the wow factor all over the Midlands. Whether you’re hoping to achieve stylish and elegant, funky and fun, cool and calm or warm and cosy, this is the company to lay the foundations for it in carpet, Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT), lino or even specialist finishes such as wet room or White Rock wall cladding and safety flooring. With more than 30 years’ experience, Premfloor UK ensures a perfect finish every time, also carrying out sub-floor preparation to ensure a perfectly flat finish, smoothing out any bumps and blemishes that can not only spoil the appearance but increase wear and tear. This is especially important when laying Karndean, a highly reputable brand of vinyl which is extremely hardwearing and cost effective and comes in numerous patterns and designs including those which give a realistic appearance of wood or www.livingintheshires.co.uk

stone, even on-trend herringbonestyle parquet. Carpets remain as popular as ever, especially as they come in such a wide range of colours, textures and prices and can be cut to fit any space, however awkward. Premfloor UK was started by experienced fitter James Dawson and now works not only for domestic customers but for businesses, hospitals, schools and other organisations, all over the UK and even abroad or on cruise ships.

James says: “We have wide array of flooring materials, colours, textures and finishes to ensure your new floor matches your décor and your budget. Whatever type of flooring you choose, we can help you achieve the perfect look for your purposes.” Contact now for a free consultation without obligation.

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Oaksmiths Ltd It’s never been more important to make eco-friendly choices. When you choose Oaksmiths Ltd for your home improvement projects you’ll be making one of the best. The company specialises in hand crafting bespoke oak framed structures such as porches, garages, carports and outbuildings for individual customers. Outdoor entertainment areas have recently become especially popular. which have a higher moisture content and dry out even tougher than their more mature cousins.

Duncan says: “We can offer a full package including groundworks, the structure fully built and installed and the roofing. We have a joinery department that makes all the finishing touches, such as garage doors, staircases, bi-fold doors, windows and flooring.

product every time. They also make and test all components before delivery, keeping the customer’s disruption to a minimum.

“We can also supply our handcrafted oak frames ready to be installed by independent building contractors, as a flat pack assembly kit with all the necessary components and instructions.”

Every Oaksmiths project is made for specific customers, using traditional carpentry, joinery and timber framing techniques, cut by hand rather than being machined. The frameworks are all made from premium quality oak harvested from sustainably managed forests, a material far kinder to the planet than many of the manmade or metal alternatives. And, when no longer wanted, oak can always be reused.

Every bespoke project is undertaken with quality in mind and great attention to detail. Duncan and his team can work with just a vague idea or a full-fledged design from the client, producing a unique finished

Oaksmiths was started by Duncan Pragnell, a highly experienced second generation carpenter. Duncan has always loved working with oak, England’s heritage tree, which is renowned for strength and longevity as well as good looks. He particularly enjoys the qualities of ‘green’ timbers from young trees,

Oaksmiths Ltd, Unit 6 Ashby Lane, Bitteswell, Lutterworth LE17 4LS. Tel 01455 247711 or 07807 009250, email info@oaksmiths.co.uk website www.oaksmiths.co.uk

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The FARMHOUSE Project Our family farmhouse project is now all done, after nearly a year of noise, dust and upheaval. It’s been a long journey incorporating a steep learning curve, but also a most rewarding one. Our home now is literally twice the size and I feel that it has future-proofed our family, in that it can cater for our growing girls, our ageing parents and perhaps too any additions who come along. You may remember we started with a 1930s property, one of 43, 7 acre smallholdings created by the Land Settlement Association during the Great Depression, so that people from the worst hit parts of the country could make a living from the land. Our project was to substantially expand the original farmhouse and make it not just adequate but actually perfect. Now we think it actually is! We chose our trade professionals carefully and were fortunate to find literally some of the best there are, so skilled, talented and knowledgeable.

KITCHENS

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Every nut, bolt and screw is perfectly placed. One of our wishes was that the whole property should be energy efficient. With so much attention being paid to the threats posed by global warming we wanted to ‘do our bit’ and have a home fit for the 21st century. The underfloor heating system powered by our AGA Rayburn range cooker achieves that, as well as being a joy to cook on and we also had uPVC casement windows fitted for good insulation with low maintenance. But, our pride and joy is the fantastic bespoke kitchen designed by Kirkland

Interiors. The company is a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen and the quality is breathtaking. It has an amazing open staircase in oak and glass, twin larders so we and our parents can prepare meals separately to our own preferences as well as eat together, as we frequently do. The larders have inbuilt handmade spice racks, the laundry room is separate to the cooking and eating area and the kitchen has an island where everybody can gather round. It’s finished off with quartz worktops and the whole thing looks amazing.

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Kirkland Interiors, a local family run business, was established in 1999 and has built a strong reputation for quality and service in the local community. Our speciality is fitted kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and bespoke home furniture, which includes providing a home 3D design service from concept to completion. Our small team of dedicated in-house tradesmen are able to cover all trades, from building works through to skilled cabinet making - all closely project managed for whatever project you decide to carry out. FOR A FREE QUOTATION CONTACT US ON

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Cold weather brings its own set of driving hazards to the roads and a fresh set of pitfalls to avoid. Drivers can easily fall into frosty traps of expense and inconvenience, even danger. Here’s how to avoid becoming one of them! It can be tempting for motorists to whoosh hot water over a frozen windscreen to clear it quickly, but be warned; don’t! Even lukewarm water can crack the glass. It’s an expensive mistake. Replacement windscreens start at £187. On very cold days, the water can rapidly turn to ice, so if you drive off the moment it’s cleared you could quickly find yourself with no visibility. Recommended action to defrost is to ensure the wipers are switched off, start the engine, train the warm air blower on the windscreen and turn

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on the rear windscreen heater and air conditioning. Sweep snow off the car and lights and clear the outside of the windows with a scraper while the interior warms up.

aforementioned scraper, de-icer, a torch and spare batteries, a mobile phone and in-car charger, road atlas, sunglasses, first aid kit and empty fuel can.

Stay with your car throughout! Insurers won’t pay out if you left the scene with the keys in the ignition.

Have your vehicle serviced regularly by a reputable company such as Eden Tyres & Servicing to ensure it is fully roadworthy. Eden has multiple outlets and carries out a comprehensive range of checks including tyres, brake fluid, oil, water, windscreen wash, transmission fluid, brakes, lights, warning lights, wipers, battery function, bearings, exhaust, steering and air conditioning.

Don’t drive off until the windows are completely clear. You’ll be risking your life, not to mention three points and a £100 fine for driving with obscured vision. The AA recommends carrying a winter preparation kit including

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THE FOCUS OF THIS MONTH’S SELECTION OF ‘HIDDEN GEMS’ IS ON NORTHERN IRELAND AND SCOTLAND, TWO COUNTRIES WITH THEIR OWN PERSONALITIES, AMAZING LANDSCAPES AND WONDERFUL ACTIVITIES TO RELISH, EVEN IN THE DEPTHS OF WINTER. THESE ARE ACCOMMODATION PROVIDERS THAT ARE SET IN SPECTACULAR SURROUNDINGS, OFTEN WITH UNUSUAL LEVELS OF PEACE AND PRIVACY. Despite the restful surroundings, in many cases they are also no more than a few miles from major roads that can take people to enjoy city attractions too, including the special lighting displays and entertainments of the Christmas season. This selection covers many different regions Scotland, from the Borders to the furthest reaches of the Highlands and islands, including the Cairngorms. These splendid places are mainly rural in nature, but with links to splendid cities such as Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen and Dundee. Our Northern Irish choices cover three of the six counties - Down, Derry/Londonderry and Tyrone – but also the Causeway Coastal Route which starts in the capital, Belfast.

CONTENTS 15 Awards of Excellence 16 Aviemore & The Cairngorms 18 County Down 19 County Tyrone 20 Inverness, Loch Ness & Nairn 21 County Londonderry 22 Loch Lomond & The Trossachs 24 Argyll & The Isles 26 Edinburgh & The Lothians 27 Dundee & Angus 28 The Scottish Borders 29 Fort William & Lochaber 30 Aberdeenshire 31 Ayrshire & Arran

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Awards of EXCELLENCE 2021 ALL OUR HIDDEN GEMS PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION WHICH IS NOTEWORTHY BECAUSE OF THEIR BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL LOCATIONS AND THEIR OUTSTANDING STANDARDS OF ACCOMMODATION AND SERVICE. WITHIN THAT HIGH CALIBRE CATEGORY WE HAVE ALSO PICKED OUT THOSE WHICH STAND OUT SUFFICIENTLY TO MERIT RECEIVING ONE OF OUR MAGAZINE’S AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE. Our award winners delight in surprising their guests with their own individual touches of welcome and willingness to please. They are all enthusiasts for their own parts of the country with in depth information to help their guests enjoy their holiday or short break to the full. However they distinguish themselves you’ll find that you are being treated more like a valued friend than a paying guest and you’ll definitely be wanting to go back for more!

LILY BANK LODGES

KINGS GUEST HOUSE

Accommodation of the Year Located on the Outskirts of Foxdale, Isle of Man

Accommodation of the Year Located in Douglas, Isle of Man

For Quality and Service for Beautiful, Stylish and Comfortable Pinelog Lodges

Lily Bank Lodges are ideally placed for enjoying all the autumn and winter activities on the Isle of Man. With high level central heating and insulation, they are a cosy, comfy base for all and a romantic one for couples after a day’s full-on exploring. We’re proud to award them this magazine’s Award of Excellence for Accommodation of the Year on the Isle of Man.

Adventures are on the doorstep. The ‘Sunset City’ of Peel, with its beautiful castle, harbour and beaches, is only five miles away. Ape Mann Adventure Park offers exciting treetop rope ladders and ziplines, and Laser Mayhem hosts action-packed, forest-based laser combat games for all ages. Everywhere are inspirational walks and cycle rides, including the South Barrule Mountain Bike trail. Many visitors like touring by car and, of course, bikers adore this home of the famous TT Races. Providing 5 Star contemporary selfcatering accommodation on the edge of Foxdale, a village in the heart of the island, the two Lily Bank Lodges each have one double and one twin room, a kitchen/diner, lounge and bathroom with integrated bath and shower. One has ramp access for wheelchairs and both have modern kitchen and entertainment equipment.

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For Quality & Service for Outstanding Guest House with Stunning Sea Views

Susan wins this magazine’s Award of Excellence. Staying at Kings Guest House puts people in prime position on the seafront of the Manx capital of Douglas, within easy walking distance of the town centre shops, eateries and choice attractions. Entertainment is close at hand at The Villa-Gaiety complex, with two fabulous theatres, a cinema, the Dragon's Castle children’s play area and gardens. Comedian Alan Carr will be on stage on December 2 and 3 and Boney M on December 20.

Breakfast is taken in a dining room which makes the most of the gorgeous sea views, which can often be dramatic, especially at this time of year. At noon on New Year’s Day, the hardy take a dip in the briny. Susan says: “They scream when they start running and scream louder when they hit the water because it is fffffffreezing!

Kings has 14 comfortable en suite bedrooms, all furnished to high specifications and with spectacular views over either the sea or the well-kept gardens. Owner Susan Croom uses her creative style to keep them constantly updated. They all have quality beds, smart TVs, refreshment facilities and

THE VERANDAS FACE WEST, IDEAL FOR AL FRESCO DINING BY SUNSET, WHILE THE SKIES ARE DARK ENOUGH FOR CELESTIAL SIGHTSEEING.

KINGS IS EXCELLENTLY PLACED FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT LINKS THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND AND ALSO FOR VISITING SUMMERHILL GLEN, A MAGICAL PLACE OF WOODLAND AND STREAMS, PEOPLED BY FAIRY FOLK AND SPANGLED WITH CHARMING ARTWORKS, SCULPTURE AND LIGHTS.

Lily Bank Lodges, Lily Bank, Kionslieu Hill, Foxdale, Isle of Man IM4 3HB; tel 07624 491777, email lilybanklodges@manx.net website www.lilybanklodges.com

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AVIEMORE & THE CAIRNGORMS

If winter sports are your thing, there’s nowhere better to indulge in them than Scotland. The Cairngorms National Park is a hub of skiing and snowboarding, not to mention year-round activities such as to please thrill seekers of all ages such as climbing, mountain biking and kayaking and even white water rafting in the spectacular scenery of the glens, lochs and mountains. The area around ‘Active Aviemore’ is a natural area in which to stay to make the most of it all, with award winning attractions, shops, restaurants, cafés, bars and events large and small. Cairngorms National Park extends over nearly 1,750 miles and is the biggest park in the UK, with majestic mountains include five of the sixth highest in the UK, Ben Macdui at 4,295 feet, Braeriach 4,252 feet, Cairn Toul 4,236 feet, Sgor an Lochain 4,127 feet and Cairn Gorm at 4,081 feet. All in all, there are 55 which tower over 3,000 feet, so earning the title of ‘Munro,’ to be not climbed but ‘bagged.’ The park covers parts of Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland, Angus and Perth and Kinross. Nearly half is considered ‘wild land’ and there are ongoing efforts to make it wilder still. The Scottish Rewilding Alliance brings together landowners, community groups, conservation bodies and other interested parties, aiming to make Scotland a world leader in the restoration of natural and self-sustaining eco-systems such as forests and peatlands and so support thriving species diversity. Already, the Cairngorms is amazing territory for spotting rarer examples of UK wildlife, including red squirrels, capercaillie, golden eagles and wildcats. One place you’ll be certain of seeing spectacular wildlife is at the Highland Wildlife Park, with not only Scottish species but also polar bears, Amur tigers, snow leopards and other exotics. At Cairngorm Reindeer Centre you can even feed the residents. 16

If you’re looking for really outstanding holiday accommodation in Scotland, you’ll find it through Caledonian Escapes. This company’s exquisite properties are handpicked for luxury, quality and comfort and stand in magnificent locations, three in the Cairngorms and two on the hauntingly beautiful Kintyre Peninsula.

Caledonian Escapes properties are all dog friendly with exquisite outdoor space and very well-equipped interiors with numerous desirable features and high-end detailing. Those in the Cairngorms have hot tubs. The biggest is Craggan Mill, sleeping 16 in an imaginatively renovated corn mill with four king-sized master bedrooms and two family rooms. It has mountain views and, just across the road, Craggan Outdoors, which offers adventurous activities from bushcraft to kayaking.

Ten-bedded Smithy Croft overlooks the River Dulnain in Carrbridge, with glorious walks all around. Kids are thrilled by the shipwreck-themed Smugglers Cove play area and the property is only 10 minutes’ walk from Landmark Forest Adventure Park. Also sleeping 10, stunning Silver Stag Lodge is in the Aviemore, ‘Playground of the Highlands.’ The Kintyre Peninsula properties overlook sparkling Ronachan Bay. They have access to the white sand beach below, which attracts otters, seals, swans … and wild swimmers. They are great for island hopping and often display the magical Northern Lights, especially approaching winter. RENTALS ARE ARRANGED BY CAT HOLLING, WHOSE WIDE LOCAL KNOWLEDGE ENSURES GUESTS HAVE THE GREATEST TIME POSSIBLE. Caledonian Escapes, tel 07951 156798, email hello@caledonianescapes.co.uk website www.caledonianescapes.co.uk follow on Instagram and Facebook @ Caledonianescapes

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BreakAway Lodges exist for one brilliant reason, which is to let holidaymakers enjoy their Scottish Highland selfcatering breaks to the maximum. As an independent holiday letting agency, the company deals only with fantastic properties whose owners really care about them. It ensures that the whole holiday arrangement works perfectly from first contact to final goodbyes and provides plentiful information about the special places, activities and services to boost the wow factor for every stay. The properties are in choice locations all over Scotland, including the Cairngorms National Park –renowned for world class skiing, heather-clad mountains and rare wildlife – and the Morayshire coast with its milder climate and especially warm summer days. The accommodation ranges from a Scandinavian-style eco-lodge for 10 to a stunning traditional crofter’s cottage on the beautiful coastline of Gurnard Bay. Whether you plan to ‘bag Munros,’ hike the trails or perhaps explore the lochs, castles and islands, BreakAway Lodges has just the right warm and welcoming accommodation for you and your party.

Adventurers of all ages get the most out of their Highland Holidays by staying at Loch Insh Outdoor Centre. This family-run centre has holiday chalets, apartments, and B&B choices to suit all budgets. Importantly, expert tuition is on hand in most activities from a team of instructors led by former national team level coaches in some activities. SITUATED IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE CAIRNGORM MOUNTAINS AT THE LOWER END OF GLEN FESHIE, A BACKDROP IN ‘NO TIME TO DIE’, THE LANDSCAPE IS WONDERFUL FOR WALKING AND CYCLING ANY TIME OF YEAR. ACROSS THE LOCH THE HIGHLAND WILDLIFE PARK, PART OF EDINBURGH ZOO, IS ANOTHER GREAT DAY OUT AND IN WINTER THERE IS SKIING AT NEARBY MOUNTAIN SNOWSPORTS RESORT CAIRNGORM.

Loch Insh offers, year-round skiing, snowboarding and tubing on the beginners Artificial Ski slope, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, rowing, sailing, windsurfing, and wild swimming Easter to end October, then October to Easter has skating on an Artificial rink. The on-site accommodation gives maximum time to enjoy the activities and expert tuition. Two apartments each sleep five while the chalets sleep two to eight people. Four chalets have hot tubs, most are pet friendly but, for guests with allergies, two do not accept pets. Finally, relax and enjoy the view and a meal at the end of the day from the on-site Boathouse Restaurant & Bar. Loch Insh Outdoor Centre, Loch Insh, Kincraig, Kingussie, Inverness-shire, PH21 1NU; tel 01540 651272, email office@lochinsh.co.uk website www.lochinsh.com

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The customer service team keep adding to their portfolio, taking care that the lets are all immaculate, high quality and in beautiful locations. The team is always on hand to assist guests with their booking or support owners as much or as little as they would like. BREAKAWAY PROPERTIES ARE CLEAN, UNIQUE AND RELAXING PLACES FOR PEOPLE TO COME BACK TO AFTER FUN-FILLED DAYS OUT. BreakAway Lodges, Slochd Mhor Lodge. Carrbridge, Inverness-shire PH23 3AY; tel 01479 783535, email info@breakawaylodges.com www.breakawaylodges.com

Mountain View Lodge is pet friendly self-catering accommodation which combines full wheelchair accessibility with luxurious facilities and spectacular surroundings in the Cairngorms National Park. Overlooking impressive Ben MacDui – Scotland’s highest peak after Ben Nevis – this outstanding property has its own hot tub, barrel sauna and games room, plus wonderful walks and cycle trails all around. The 65 mile Badenoch & Speyside Way is literally just outside the door and beautiful Glen Feshie nearby. THE LODGE, RATED 5 STAR ‘EXCELLENT’ ON TRIPADVISOR, STANDS IN SECLUDED BEAUTY AND EXUDES QUALITY AND COMFORT THROUGHOUT. IT SLEEPS SIX PEOPLE IN THREE SUPER-COMFY KING SIZE BEDS, PLUS ANOTHER TWO IN AN UPMARKET SOFA BED IF DESIRED. IT HAS BEEN DESIGNED THROUGHOUT WITH WHEELCHAIR USERS IN MIND, WITH TWO WETROOM SHOWERS, VARIOUS DISABILITY AIDS AND LOW ACCESS KITCHEN APPLIANCES.

Keen cooks find themselves very well equipped, while the living and dining areas are immense, with a cathedral ceiling. TV and sound systems include a full Sky package with movies and sport. There is utility room and outside a lovely garden,

parking and secure storage. The games room is equipped for pool and table tennis, while four miles away is Loch Insh, with everything for watersports enthusiasts. Cairngorm Mountain Ski Resort is less than 20 miles away, while the lively town of Kingussie provides restaurants and retail therapy five miles away. Mountain View Lodge, Kingussie PH21 1NY; tel 07903 671884, email accounts@selfcatering-scotland.net website www.selfcatering-scotland.net

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COUNTY DOWN County Down holds some of Northern Ireland’s choicest spots for scenic pleasures, Strangford Lough and the Mountains of Mourne, the highest of the ring of 12 granite peaks being Slieve Donard at 2,790 feet, named after the saint who reputedly sited his hermitage on the summit. People who travel to these parts for either relaxation or exercise are rarely disappointed unless rain stops play, while in all seasons people can enjoy an easy coastal walk along the five mile beach at Murlough National Nature Reserve, Dundrum, where the ancient dunes, woodlands and seascape host more than 600 species of moths and butterflies, numerous birds and other creatures, which may include wild Exmoor ponies, rabbits, palebellied Brent geese and, for the luckier or more accomplished spotters, pygmy shrews and stoats. Exploris Aquarium & Seal Sancturary, in Portaferry, gives close ups of sea creatures from all over the world. And for a strange sea adventure on land, you could relax with a unique spa treatment at the Soak Seaweed Baths in Newcastle. Needless to say, there’s no shortage of top quality seafood on the menus at choice restaurants all around the region. Among the premier tourist attractions of the region are National Museums NI, a quartet of venues which are Ulster Museum, Ulster Transport Museum and the interactive living history experiences of Ulster Folk Museum and Ulster American Folk Park, the latter dedicated to Irish folk who migrated to the New World from the 1820s, as early settlers determined to survive.

Margaret’s Cottage offers luxurious bed & breakfast along with optional afternoon teas in premises with a maritime history dating back to the early 18th century. The delightful fishing port of Ardglass itself has a spectacular links golf course, along with abundant sea fishing, friendly locals and no fewer than seven castles, some in ruins, others in use. The accommodation is run by keen cook Ciara Van Vogt who, assisted by her daughter, Kelsey, offers an extensive breakfast menu including her home baked bread, locally smoked salmon, her own recipe granola and the Irish classic, potato bread. Her afternoon teas, featuring the most delicious cakes and pastries, are the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion.

harbour in the 1800s, a lighthousekeepers’ cottage and a base for coastguards and their families before becoming a family-run guest house. It sits ‘upside down’ on a hillside, with the upstairs drawing room offering delightful coastal views over Ardglass Harbour and golf course to the Isle of Man. The guest bedrooms – two doubles and one either double or twin – are all en-suite, spacious and comfortable, with hospitality trays. Two have sea views while the other overlooks a pleasant courtyard. Charm is built in to these immaculate and beautiful surroundings. CIARA SAYS: “WE WANT ALL OUR GUESTS TO MAKE WONDERFUL MEMORIES.”

Margaret’s Cottage is attached to a 15th century tower house and served variously as a ballast office for the 18

Margaret’s Cottage, 9 Castle Place, Ardglass, County Down, BT30 7TP; tel 028 4484 3328, email info@margarets-cottage.co.uk website www.margarets-cottage.co.uk

Anyone who plans to explore the exciting and beautiful attractions of Northern Ireland will find themselves excellently placed at The Mulberrys, superior bed & breakfast at the heart County Down. The location is close to beautiful Strangford Lough and the Mourne Mountains, only half an hour’s drive from Belfast – including the airports and the amazing interactive Titanic Experience – as well as being within reach of the Giant’s Causeway, National Trust properties and iconic film locations from the Game of Thrones hit TV series. The Mulberrys is an 1830s farm cottage just outside the village of Crossgar and has been sensitively restored to provide modern comforts while keeping its period character. It has three well-equipped ensuite bedrooms with their own TV, radio and beverage facilities, crisp bedding and fluffy towels. Guests also have use of an extra bathroom, a lounge with tourist information, books, games and magazines and secure on-site car-parking. Host Isobel Hyde takes pride in preparing splendid breakfasts from the best locally sourced ingredients, including her own home-made granola, bread and preserves

and eggs from her own free range hens. Special diets can be accommodated. WHILE MANY GUESTS TRAVEL WIDELY, THERE IS A GREAT DEAL TO ENJOY ON THE DOORSTEP, INCLUDING DOWNPATRICK CATHEDRAL, ST PATRICK’S GRAVE AND THE VISITOR CENTRE WHICH TELLS THE STORY OF ST PATRICK’S AMAZING INFLUENCE ON IRELAND AND ITS PEOPLE. The Mulberrys, 20 Lough Rd, Crossgar, Downpatrick BT30 9DT; tel 07821 117140, email Isobel@themulberrys.com website www.themulberrys.com

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COUNTY TYRONE Costumed guides and a living history scene of thatched cottages, log cabins and a full-scale emigrant ship help people of all ages to understand the lives of thousands who emigrated from Ireland in the quest to escape the potato famine and find a better life in the ‘New World’ of America. This is the great educational adventure to be enjoyed at the Ulster American Folk Park, a treasure house of exhibits and experiences from traditional crafts to authentic period food. Tyrone is full of breathtaking beauty. The Hill of The O’Neill offers views over seven counties, including the Sperrin and Mourne Mountains and Lough Neagh. It’s also a key spot in Irish history linked to the clan of O’Neill, whose tempestuous story is graphically told next door at Ranfurly House.

One Shore Street is 5 Star boutique bed & breakfast accommodation overlooking the harbour in the pretty and historic coastal town of Donaghadee, County Down. It’s only a short drive from the vibrant city of Belfast and the beautiful waters of Strangford Lough, where people enjoy not only wild swimming, walking and watersports but also the wildlife of the Castle Espie Wetland Reserve and the world famous gardens of the National Trust’s Mount Stewart.

Guests of One Shore Street enjoy luxurious bedrooms, panoramic sea views, mouthwatering meals and warm Irish hospitality. The Georgian property has been painstakingly restored from a near derelict state to stylish surroundings where guests relax in contemporary comfort. www.livingintheshires.co.uk

So successful has the transformation been by owners Karen and John Bolleboon that the property features in the famous Sawday’s travel guide as a ‘Special Place to Stay.’ Accordingly, guests find themselves pampered with cashmere mattresses, feather and down duvets, fine linens, fluffy towels, Nespresso machines, rainfall showers and complimentary toiletries. Breakfast has numerous fresh and delicious choices such as juice, yoghurt, fruit and granola, while nourishing eggs, bacon and trimmings are cooked to individual taste. At night, guests can order food in if they wish.

People wanting to wind down and relax in the beautiful Northern Irish countryside can find a cosy base for their break at the Derg Arms. A warm, welcoming home-from home, The Derg offers not only bed & breakfast but also a built-in social life among the locals in the friendly bar and food served throughout the day and evenings during the weekends. BASED IN THE HEART OF CASTLEDERG, COUNTY TYRONE, ABOVE THE CASTLE RUINS ON THE RIVER DERG, THE PREMISES HAVE 10 EN-SUITE GUEST ROOMS AVAILABLE AT VERY COMPETITIVE PRICES AND OFFERS AN EXCELLENT BASE FOR TRAVELLING AROUND SOME BREATHTAKING NATURAL LANDSCAPES.

DONAGHADEE ITSELF HAS MUCH TO OFFER, INCLUDING CHOICE RESTAURANTS, GREAT GOLF, A DISTINGUISHED DISTILLERY AND ONE OF IRELAND’S OLDEST PUBS.

These include many great spots for cycling, shooting and fishing, lovely walks through the Killeter and Carrickaholten Forests and dramatic hikes such as the Stairway to Heaven, in neighbouring County Fermanagh. This steep climb rewards conquerors with a bird’s eye view of rare boglands from a viewing platform on Cuilcagh Mountain.

the bacon of a hearty Ulster Fry throughout the morning, while the rest of the day offers choices for lunch and dinner, all made from the best of locally sourced ingredients. Special diets are happily accommodated by the team and there is often free live entertainment at weekends.

One Shore Street, Donaghadee, BT21 0DG; tel 07979 807970, email hello@oneshorestreet.com website www.oneshorestreet.co.uk

There’s no need to get up early to enjoy breakfast at this easy-going venue. You can wake up and smell

Derg Arms, 43 Main Street, Castlederg, Co. Tyrone BT81 7AS; tel 028 8167 1644, email enquiries@dergarms.co.uk website www.dergarms.co.uk

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INVERNESS, LOCH NESS & NAIRN

By visiting Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn, you can encounter some of the most iconic of Scottish pleasures, pastimes and experiences, with a picture-perfect backdrop of heather-clad mountains and leafy glens. You’ll be at the starting point of the North Coast 500 road touring route, but do linger long enough to relish the locality. Inverness is the Highland ‘capital,’ a charming centre of culture with historic buildings and charm. Not to be missed are the imposing clifftop castle, St Andrew’s Cathedral, the retail charms of the Victorian indoor market and the free-to-enter Botanic Gardens with their tropical house, carp

pond and rich planting. No visit would be complete without a trip to Loch Ness and an attempt to spot Nessie, the mysterious monster fabled to live within its 755 feet deep waters. River cruises are a popular way to search, while the shoreside Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition uses

the latest technology to present ‘everything about Loch Ness that you can't see by looking at it!’ If you like the coast, you’ll love Nairn. The sunny seaside resort has three beautiful beaches, two golf courses and a penchant for attracting dolphins and minke whales.

Tel. 01808 511436 / 01808 511350

A Remote and Stunning Stone Holiday Cottage Completely secluded and enjoying a unique setting, Turin Nurin is nestled beside a small stream and features spacious luxurious accommodation including two bedrooms. Relax with the sounds of the birds chirping and see nature at its best with red deer, pheasants and squirrels on your doorstep. Tomatin is ideally situated between Inverness and Aviemore and is home to a distillery, cafe/restaurant and shop.

Our hotel is the perfect Highland hideaway in a stunning part of the country, with the wild and remote glens offering magnificent scenery in an area rich in natural heritage and steeped in history. There are 8 quality bedrooms in the Hotel. All the rooms have recently been re-furbished to a high standard, but all remain individual in character and assure a peaceful and relaxing stay.

Melfort Estate, Tomatin, Scotland IV13 7AB www.melfortestate.com/turin-nurin-cottage Email. melfortestate@gmail.com

Tomich, Cannich, Beauly, Inverness-shire. Scotland IV4 7LY - T: +44(0)1456 415399 E: enquiries@tomichhotel.co.uk - www.tomichhotel.co.uk

Historic B Listed, luxury Georgian self-catering let, recently restored to a very high standard.

THE DOWNRIGHT GABBLER

Dating back to the 1830s the coaching inn has been transformed into four self-catering apartments, as well as an intimate space on the ground floor where we host food and drink events. We’re a family business using our skills in hospitality and storytelling to entertain our guests. We offer several unique events from Afternoon Teas to lavish dinners. We’d love to share with you our love of history and food, as well as the drinks that made Scotland famous.

High Street, Beauly Scotland IV4 7BU - T: 01463 782800 E: info@downrightgabbler.co.uk - www.downrightgabbler.co.uk

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COUNTY LONDONDERRY Whether to call the Derry or Londonderry is ever a source of controversy, but the one of the county’s great joys is its coastline, and this is where the Wild Atlantic Way meets the Causeway Coastal Route, making it the ideal spot for road touring. Watersports enthusiasts can get their adrenalin flowing at The Edge at Crannagh Activity Centre, near Coleraine. Anglers cast for salmon and trout in Roe Valley Country Park near Limavady, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where Binevenagh Mountain is a great attraction and along with the surrounding coast and countryside, supports many rare wildlife species.

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Welcome to our Inverness B&B, Acorn Guest House. We are located a short walk from the centre of Inverness but in a quiet secluded setting, away from main traffic with off street parking. Our Inverness B&B has two double bedrooms and two triple rooms all with ensuite bath or shower rooms. Children from 12 are welcome.

Visitors to Derry/Londonderry frequently make their acquaintance with the city with walking the city walls, the biggest ancient monument in Northern Ireland and a focal point for more than 400 years of history. Many people enlist a guide to tell the complex stories of conflict and peace.

2a Bruce Gardens, Inverness IV3 5EN Email: stay@acornguesthouseinverness.co.uk - www.acornguesthouseinverness.co.uk

Carisbrooke Guest House is a family run accommodation that is located in the heart of Inverness, the ‘Capital of the Highlands’. We offer contemporary en suite rooms with TV. There is free Wi-Fi and free private parking. We would like to welcome you to Carisbrooke Guest House which literally means “Caris” to love and “Brooke” small stream. We offer you our continuous stream of care and kindness in making our house your home away from home.

81 Kenneth Street, Inverness IV3 5QQ - Tel. 01463 709994 - E. carisbrookeinverness@gmail.com

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The Loch Ness Clansman Hotel is a 3-star hotel on the shores of Loch Ness. As the only hotel on the banks of Loch Ness, we command the most stunning of views to wake up to in our Loch View Rooms. Enjoy a taste of Scotland whilst keeping watch for an elusive dinner guest in our panoramic restaurant as it overlooks the mysterious depths of the Loch. We pride ourselves in being a home from home hotel and in making all guests feel comfortable. Our friendly team await to give you a great Highland Welcome. Brackla, Loch Ness-side, Inverness IV3 8AU - lochnessclansman.cobbshotels.com

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Tucked away down a long driveway and set in three acres of glorious gardens is the luxurious bed & breakfast Willow House, and, nearby, four splendidly indulgent self-catering apartments. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Willows complex offers contemporary styling and amenities, peace, tranquillity and easy access to some of Northern Ireland’s iconic year-round attractions. PLACES WITHIN 15 MINUTES’ DRIVE INCLUDE THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, BINEVENAGH MOUNTAIN WILDLIFE RESERVE, BLUE FLAG BEACHES, FABULOUS MOUNTAIN AND GLEN HIKING AND WORLD CLASS LINKS GOLF COURSES. The Willows is an Edwardian country house just outside Limavady, where owner Annie Loughran provides impeccable service and the warmest of welcomes. Her guests come from all over the world, variously drawn by local culture and legends, seven nearby golf courses and rich salmon and trout fishing in the spectacular Roe Valley and Foyle Estuary. The four spacious twin doubles and king size double rooms are en-suite and breakfast is a healthy and delicious home-made continental spread. Guests are welcome throughout the landscaped gardens, which have multiple seating areas, lawn games and an outside kitchen with barbeque and pizza oven.

They can even book a relaxing hot tub spell. The apartments are four ground floor studios with private patios, each sleeping up to four people. They have minikitchens, high quality modern furnishings and equipment including smart TVs. The Willows Self-Catering and Bed & Breakfast, 141 Sea Coast Rd, Limavady BT49 9EG; tel 07709 604458, email stay@thewillowsireland.com website www.thewillowsireland.com

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LOCH LOMOND & THE TROSSACHS Loch Lomond is a famously beautiful freshwater lake more than 22 miles long and nearly five miles wide, the largest by area and second largest by water volume (after Loch Ness) anywhere in Great Britain. The Trossachs are the wooded hills, glens and lochs that lie to its east. Together they make up Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, an unspoiled landscape with activities for people of all ages and levels of fitness, from sailing and climbing to cruising and picnicking. In a normal year, around 4 million people pay a visit. The park crosses Highland Boundary Fault, widely considered the boundary between the lowlands of Central Scotland and the Highlands. Loch Lomond is surrounded by hills, among them Ben Lomond, the most southerly of the Scottish ‘Munros’, mountains over 3,000 feet. Various islands in Loch Lomond have their own tales to tell. Inchfad was home to Ann Davison, who wrote about her life on the island before becoming the first woman to sail singlehandedly across the Atlantic. Inchconnachan has a troupe of feral wallabies and Inchloanaig, where Robert The Bruce grew yew trees which were used to make bows for the Battle of Bannockburn. The Battle of Bannockburn experience is not to be missed. Fought in 1314, it was the finest hour of Scottish king Robert the Bruce’s, a decisive victory over the English under Edward II. The National Trust for Scotland has digitally recreated it so visitors to its battlefield centre can vividly picture the events and conditions.

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Whether you’re looking to stay on an authentic livestock farm, taste succulent naturally-reared meat, or just experience farm life on our farm, Duncan Family Farms on the banks of Loch Lomond offers it all. Offering self-catering accommodation at two of our farms allowing, sightseers, hill walkers, munro baggers and pure and simple Scotland-lovers the ability to stay either at luxury Glamping Pods at Lands of Drumhead Farm near Drymen or Stable Cottage at Inveruglas Farm near Ardlui. Tel: 07749 931144 | 01360 660609 Email: shona@duncanfamilyfarms.co.uk

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STAY TASTE EXPERIENCE

Four-star luxury at 35% off - mention of this ad. Call Brenda and Stuart, 01301 702 344 for a stay in our two-room super-king en-suite with view of The Cobbler (Ben Arthur), our lush gardens and Loch Long for just 84.85pn, regularly £129 - a reduction of £45.15! Enjoy an elaborate buffet breakfast and hot meal! www.Fascadail.com T: 01301 702 344 E: enquiries@fascadail.com www.Fascadail.com

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Tel: 01877 389 351 Mob: 07923 390 082

Whether you wish to share laughter and cheer or good food and games in the cosy BBQ Kota Cabin… soak up the delights of your own private, out-door, fairy light lit and covered hot tub… or simply relax in the stunning, deceptively spacious twin Kota Cabin. Located in Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, you’ll be sure to love everything the Kelty Cabin experience has to offer.

Email: westerthird@hotmail.co.uk - Find us on Facebook - Kelty Cabins

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ARGYLL & THE ISLES People go wild about Argyll & Bute, a stunning patchwork region of 23 islands and sea lochs boasting no fewer than seven National Nature Reserves, parks, gardens and other habitats teeming with diverse plant and animal life. If you like to spot nature’s rarities and enjoy your own coastal adventures, perhaps by kayaking or sailing, there’s no more beautiful or interesting place to do it. Get the flavour from Sir Paul McCartney’s song, Mull of Kintyre, a tribute to the area’s beauty written after the Beatle/musician/songwriter bought a farm there in 1968. This is a land of white sandy beaches, dark skies and … surfing. Tiree, the most westerly of the Inner Hebridean islands, and the west coast of Kintyre are magnets for thrill seekers on surfboards. Atlantic breakers provide plentiful action for the most accomplished and adventurous and watersports schools show how to get the most from the wave power. The local wildlife includes golden eagles, red deer, otters, seals, puffins and more, but the premium area to spot seabirds is Machrihanish Seabird and Wildlife Observatory, with a purpose-built hide giving close-ups of some 200 different species, including rare but regular sightings of Leach’s Storm Petrel, Balearic Shearwater, Grey Phalarope and Sabine’s Gull. Devotees can also spot otters, basking sharks, dolphins and whales at times. Maritime plants also thrive here. It isn’t just the seabirds that go island hopping here. Humans love to paddle or take the ferries to locations such as Arran, Islay and Jura. Now five foodie trails have been devised to literally give people a taste of what they have to offer for consumption. Argyll is famous for the single malts from some 14 distilleries on the ‘Whisky Coast’ and also produces craft gins and ales. Other visitors follow the Coffee & Cake trail, the Seafood Trail, the Farm Produce Trail or the Vegan route. These islands are full of deep and rich history, no more so than Kilmartin Glen, between Oban and Lochgilphead. That has more than 350 historic sites, many dating from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, including standing stones, stone circles, burial cairns, forts and castles.

Heart stopping sea views across the Sound of Jura, the many islands and the mountains of Mull. Sitting in an elevated position above Craobh Haven marina, Corrie House, provides 5 star luxury and comfort.

We are also very dog friendly. Craobh Haven, Argyll PA31 8UA Tel 1: +441852 500540 - Tel 2: 07710 627909 - Tel 3: 07736 066449 Email: bookings@corrie-house.co.uk - www.corrie-house.co.uk

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Situated in arguably the best coastal location in Islay this old drove inn offers a mix of 13 double/twin/family rooms + 1 single room - all with en-suite facilities. Our 'Starboard' Restaurant is open all year to non residents with group bookings for mixed or purely seafood buffets and Malt Whisky parties catered for. 30 covers maximum in the Bistro but food can also be served in either bar or our harbourside beer garden.

Port Askaig, Isle of Islay PA46 7RD - Tel: 01496 840 245 Email: hotel@portaskaig.co.uk - www.portaskaig.co.uk

THE COTTAGE

THE SMIDDY

THE BARN

These 3 self catering cottages would suit couples, small families or family groups, looking for a relaxing holiday on an active croft where they can participate in outdoor activities and make the most of the outstanding beauty of the local area. The Cottage and The Smiddy sleep 2-3. The Barn sleeps 4-6. Spectacular Beaches and Coastal Walks. Portnahaven, Isle of Islay PA47 7SY - T: 07742 573658 E: ballymeanachcottages@gmail.com - www.ballymeanachcottages.co.uk

Lunga, a 4,000 acre family run country estate, is positioned on the Craignish peninsula which projects into the Atlantic in the sheltered area between the Firth of Lorne and the Sound of Jura on the West coast of Scotland. We offer a selection comfortable self catering cottages and cabins which are perfectly positioned around the estate, making the most of the breathtaking scenery our rugged coastline offers. We also have a camp site only meters from Lunga Bay which offers a relaxing spot to set up camp for a night or two. Or you can rent the pier area for a party or wedding venue.

Craobh Haven, Oban, PA31 8UU - Tel: 01852 370177 Email: Johanna@lunga.com - www.lunga.com

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Tel : 07894 576 407 www.theardyneguesthouse.co.uk

The Ardyne is a beautiful Victorian Villa and many original features have been retained to add to the authentic atmosphere. Our bedrooms have been refurbished to a high standard and are equipped with free view TV, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryers. Our rooms are all en-suite and a good number have stunning seaviews. Come and enjoy a comfortable stay with us and perhaps explore the island.

High Trodigal is the ideal location to enjoy a relaxing winter break in Kintyre. This unique turf roofed cottage offers luxury and comfort, sauna, spa bath, log burner, underfloor heating, soft towels, cosy dressing gowns and cool cotton bedding. Wonderful beaches, woods, wildlife, castles and gin and whisky distilleries as well as spectacular views and a super welcome box of Champagne and local goodies.

38 Mountstuart Road, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9EB - Email: info@theardyneguesthouse.co.uk

Stay@hightrodigal.co.uk - Call Mike and Linda on 01586 810305

T: +44 (0)1631 770372

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Clan Cottages is a family run business, offering five luxury self-catered holiday cottages, that will make you feel right at home. You will be in the midst of wildlife, beautiful mountains and breathtaking scenery which is guaranteed to leave you feeling truly peaceful. For a truly relaxing holiday in a luxurious cottage, you will need to pay a visit to Oban. Our properties sit in a five acre small holding which is also home to a flock of pedigree Texel sheep.

A self-catering holiday rental promising an idyllic escape from which to explore the natural beauty of Tarbert, Kintyre Peninsula and the many islands only a ferry ride away. Simply walk into the loch with a cup of tea!

Dalnabreac, Kilmore, By Oban PA34 4XU - www.clancottages.com

Located on the shores of West Loch Fyne, about 2 miles from the fishing village of Tarbert T: +44 (0)7737 684 104 - E: corranbuietarbert@gmail.com - www.corranbuie.com

Tel: (0) 7943 963121 Set on 10 acres of Scottish countryside, the accommodation comprises of 5 large bedrooms in the main house as well as 7 self-catering cottages. Guests are welcome to wander around and explore our grounds or just sit and relax on the patio. Free healthy, plant based breakfast is included with all bookings (B&B only) and is served in the main dining room and adjoining conservatory. A great base to enjoy many of the local activities in and around Argyll.

Inveraray, Argyll PA32 8XT - Email: booking@killean-farmhouse.co.uk - www.killean-farmhouse.co.uk

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Located on the scenic Mull of Kintyre Peninsula, Erradill Cottage commands outstanding views of the surrounding countryside overlooking the village of Southend and across the sea to Ireland. It is conveniently located within 1 mile of the village of Southend which has its own Shop, Tearoom, Hotel, Playpark and spectacular 18 hole Golf Course. There are a number of outstanding beaches close to the property and it is also on the route of the Kintyre Way, which runs from Tarbert to Campbeltown passing through the village of Southend. Aucharua Farm, Southend, Campbeltown, Argyll PA28 6RF - T: 01586 830223 E: aucharua1@yahoo.co.uk - www.erradill.co.uk

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EDINBURGH & THE LOTHIANS Edinburgh has been Scotland’s capital since 1437, when it replaced Scone, and it offers visitors a rich array of sights and experiences, from delving into deep history to the Edinburgh Festival, the world famous arts extravaganza which will next take place from August 5 to 27, 2022.

Queen’s former floating palace, is a highly popular attraction. Within easy reach, in the Lothians, are some wonderful countryside parks and beaches. North Berwick is home to the Scottish Seabird Centre. Don’t miss Rosslyn Chapel, long a mysterious and beautiful inspiration for writers and artists.

Like Rome, Edinburgh is built on seven hills, one topped by the impressive Edinburgh Castle. This remarkable edifice has a 1,100 year embattled history as a royal residence, military barracks and scene of some 26 sieges. It was where Mary, Queen of Scots, birthed her son James, destined to become King of both Scotland and England. Highlights include the Stone of Destiny, used in centuries of coronations; the Scottish crown jewels; the National War Memorial and replicas of embroideries stitched by Mary while exiled in England. Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town were designated a UNESCO World heritage Site in 1995. Linking the castle with Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, is the Royal Mile of the Old town, which with Princes Street in the New Town is a magnet for tourists and shoppers. Edinburgh Zoo offers the only chance in Britain to see Queensland koalas and giant pandas in the flesh. The Royal Yacht Britannia, the

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Welcome to The Arches at Borthwick

The Arches is situated on a working farm in the beautiful Borthwick Valley, directly opposite the historic Borthwick Castle, one of the scenic locations of the movie 'The Outlaw King'. This stunning 3 bedroom house provides a peaceful rural retreat, yet is only 30 minutes from central Edinburgh- with it’s wide range of visitor attractions, and near the golden beaches of the East Lothian coastline. Borthwick Mains, Borthwick, Midlothian EH23 4RA Email: phil.bancroft@me.com - www.thearchesborthwick.co.uk

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The Queens Bed and Breakfast offers an unique and decadent experience, driven by a commitment to exceptional service and quality. With four rooms - two kings, one double and one single - we offer a rare fusion of Scottish and Australian hospitality, and our own distinct blend of style, colour and taste within the stone walls of the only example of 19th-century Gothic architecture in South Queensferry. 8 The Loan, South Queensferry, EH30 9NS - T. +44 (0)131 331 4345 E. stay@thequeensbandb.co.uk - www.thequeensbandb.co.uk

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Six Brunton Place is a Georgian Townhouse, that has been restored retaining its beautiful original marble fireplaces, ornate cornices and a magnificent cantilevered stone staircase rising within the 30ft high flagstone entrance. Each room has been decorated in a different authentic Georgian colour. This, combined with contemporary lighting and a blend of both traditional and modern furnishings makes each room individual in character. 6 Brunton Place, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH7 5EG - E: contact@sixbruntonplace.com www.sixbruntonplace.com

THE BARN

Our award winning Barn is located on stunning farmland with easy access to beautiful beaches and the vibrant High Street, packed with independent shops bars & restaurants. Sleeping 6 in 3 bedrooms this stylish and luxurious Barn is the ideal base to explore North Berwick and Edinburgh.

Bright, warm, individually themed holiday cabins Rosehip Hideaway is a collection of light, warm newly built cozy cabins with covered outdoor space to enjoy the outdoors. The cabins are ideally located on the Railway walk and cycle route 196 to Glenkinchie Distillery, Carberry, Penincuik and surrounding areas.

North Berwick East Lothian EH395DG - T. 07968 133310 E. info@williamstonefarmsteadings.com - www.williamstonefarmsteadings.com

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Rosehip Hideaway, Pencaitland EH34 5DH - Tel: 07512 803 830 Email: hello@rosehip-hideaway.co.uk - www.rosehip-hideaway.co.uk

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DUNDEE & ANGUS

Dundee & Angus is a fascinating region on the Firth of Tay, packed with interest and activities. Among many other claims to fame, In 2014, Dundee was given international recognition for its creativity as the UK’s first - and currently only - UNESCO City of Design, while Angus is known as ‘the Cradle of Golf’, home to one of the oldest courses in the world – Montrose Golf Links - and the famous championship course at Carnoustie, where the Open has been hosted eight times. Dundee now has the only V&A Museum outside London, an £80 million edifice devoted to design, with galleries celebrating Scotland’s contribution to everything from medicine to fashion, transport to entertainment. The city has given us aspirin, new cancer drugs, the Beano and Dandy, video games such as Grand Theft Auto and Peter Pan. For more of the boy who didn’t want to grow up, visit J M Barrie’s birthplace in Kirriemuir, Angus and gain insight into how he and his four brothers lived their early years. Enjoy, too, the jungle-themed garden with its sculpture of Tick Tock the crocodile. For an adventure from real life, visit the Royal Research Ship Discovery,

which was built in Dundee. Captain Scott and his crew sailed it to the Antarctic, arriving in 1902, when it was trapped in ice for two years. Amazing displays and artefacts which belonged to the explorers tell the famous story in detail. Don’t miss, too, Glamis Castle, as featured in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Welcome to The Aboukir – Hotel, Restaurant & Bar in Carnoustie, Angus. The Aboukir is a friendly and inviting hotel, bar and restaurant owned by local proprietors Phil & Marta. It is a 5 minute walk from Carnoustie High Street and is within walking distance of the famous Carnoustie Golf Course. We provide excellent dining and a friendly atmosphere in the bar. Our hotel rooms can accommodate single visitors and families alike, plus we also hold regular events which are open both to locals and visitors. 38 Ireland Street, Carnoustie, Angus DD7 6AT, UK - T. 01241 852149 E. enquiries@aboukir.co.uk - www.aboukir.co.uk

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Welcome to Kinblethmont

We are the Ramsay family and our lovely woodland and farming estate is on the sunny east coast of Scotland just 5 miles from Arbroath. We have 5 beautiful holiday cottages and a mansion house to rent with and many of our guests return year after year. With its walled garden amenity area, woodland trails, viewpoints and proximity to the rich diversity of Angus it is the perfect place for a holiday. West Mains of Kinblethmont, By Arbroath, Angus, DD11 4RW - www.kinblethmont.com

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The George Hotel in Montrose is the place to choose if you are looking for a great place to stay in the Angus area. We have 25 rooms all with en-suite facilities and room service, a modern restaurant, a busy lounge bar and a private garden room. Our hotel makes for a fantastic place to base your golfing holiday, with the world's fifth oldest Links golf course nearby and our attractive golf package deals. Even if you are not a golfer, why not take advantage of our warm friendly hospitality and enjoy all the spectacular sights the area has to offer? 22 George Street, Montrose, Angus, Scotland DD10 8EW Email: reception@thegeorge-montrose.co.uk - www.thegeorge-montrose.co.uk

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THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

The Scottish Borders region has plenty for everyone to include, especially those who like variety! It satisfies those who like to get physical in the great outdoors, get educated in the rich history and culture of Scotland and get spoiled with fabulous food, drink and hospitable traditions. It’s a land of great beauty wrought both by nature and humankind, offering both landscapes and buildings to please the eye.

Walter Scott, who gave us ‘Ivanhoe’ and ‘Rob Roy,’saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered the Scottish Crown Jewels. Cyclists frequently head for the graded trails of Glentress and Innerleithen, both near Peebles, picturesque, unspoiled and now known for its thriving theatre and arts scene, festivals and awardwinning restaurants.

The good-looking towns of Kelso, Melrose and Peebles offer great combinations and starting points for holiday pleasures, including an enticing array of charming independent shops. The convergence of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot makes Kelso famous for salmon fishing (in season), but is also home to ruins of a 12th century abbey once among the grandest in Scotland, as well as lavishly furnished Floors Castle with its outstanding grounds and collections of art, porcelain and tapestries. In 2018, the Sunday Times named Melrose the best place to live in Scotland. It, too, boasts ancient abbey ruins, final resting place of several Scottish kings and the heart of Robert the Bruce, interred some 700 years after its owner requested it tour the Holy Land. Just outside Melrose stands Abbotsford, the splendid home of novelist Sir

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Exclusively for adults and pet free Our bespoke pods sleep 2 adults in a sumptuous double bed. Holly & Juniper pods have a private hot tub each. All our pods have an en suite shower room with heated towel rail as well as underfloor heating throughout. Close to the Coldingham, the Coastal Path and the picturesque village of St Abbs, Braeview is the ideal retreat for peace and relaxation while exploring Berwickshire and the surrounding area. Ideal for couples, groups or individuals. Coldingham, Eyemouth TD14 5UA T. 07939 119662 www.braeviewglamping.com E. hello@braeviewglamping.com

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Set in the beautiful Scottish Borders, we are wonderfully located for you to discover all that this fantastic area has to offer. We have 3 fantastic cottages to choose from, all family-friendly and beautifully decorated and equipped for you to have a wonderful stay. Each has its own garden, and plenty of space outside the cottage to walk or let the kids have a play in our fun play area. We have some chickens, which children can come help feed and check for any eggs laid & also our shetland pony, whos always waiting for a pet! Use code 'SHIRES5' for 5% discount on your stay

The Maines, Chirnside, Duns, Berwickshire, Scottish Borders TD11 3LD E: contact@oldfarmholidaycottages.co.uk - T: 07902 429989 - www.oldfarmholidaycottages.co.uk

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FORT WILLIAM & LOCHABER People who love the outdoors will rejoice of their good fortune when staying in Fort William & Lochaber. Fort William is known as the Outdoor Capital of the UK, standing on the shores of Loch Linnhe. It is a magnet for people wanting to climb – or just gaze at – majestic Ben Nevis, which towers nearby, while Lochaber is a fantastically scenic slice of west Highlands including Glen Nevis, ever popular for walking and mountain biking. For people who prefer to do their touring on four wheels, the road route down the length of the west coast from Fort William north to Durness or south to Stranraer is simply stunning and links to the Hebridean islands via ferries. The fit and healthy love to challenge themselves and each other by tackling Glen and Ben Nevis on foot, at speed. Ramblers stop to savour views including

unique geology and the Steall Waterfall, the second highest in the UK, but these are reputedly just as good for those who drive up! Various film makers have been drawn here, making scenes from Harry Potter movies, Highlander, The Sorcerer, Braveheart and Rob Roy. Loch Linnhe is a great place for watersports, wildlife watching and chilling out in nature, while Fort William

Rocklee is in the historic village of Ballachulish in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. The village is minutes from Glencoe, in the heart of fabulous walking country, and the house is in an elevated position overlooking Loch Leven and the mountains beyond.

has lots of unique independent shops proffering outdoor gear and all things Scottish, from tartan to Scotch. Obliging restaurants serve up the best of Scottish produce, from Aberdeen Angus beef to Arbroath Smokies. For fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books and Jacobite history, Fort William’s West Highland Museum has become a ‘must see’ attraction.

I offer a comfortable and spacious en suite guest room with King Size bed and all amenities. Adjacent to the room is a small ‘snug ‘sitting area for that extra ‘quiet‘ time. A warm Highland welcome awaits in Rocklee and I look forward to meeting you.

Feel at home at Heatherbank, a boutique B&B in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Sitting high above the village of Strontian at the head of Loch Sunart, our luxury guest house sits peacefully between rugged mountains and wooded glen. Whether you’re here to explore the great outdoors or relax by the fire, we promise stunning views, plentiful wildlife and a wee dram of warm hospitality for good measure.

Ballachulish PH49 4JR - T: 01855 811895 - www.rockleebandb.co.uk

Strontian, Lochaber, Highlands of Scotland, PH36 4JB - T: +44 (0)1967 402394 E: info@heatherbankbandb.co.uk - www.heatherbankguesthouse.com

Each of our three lochside cottages are wonderfully unique, yet all share the same loving attention to detail in their craftsmanship and finish. Greenwood Retreat is ideal if you are seeking a quiet and peaceful place to recharge, a romantic get-away, and a base to explore the rugged landscapes and wildlife that Ardnamurchan has in abundance. This is a place of wild and remote beauty. Owners, Howard and Charlotte, live on site and are keen to make your holiday experience as enjoyable as possible.

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Heron Bay Holidays

Heron Bay Holidays are two substantial log cabins on the beautiful shores of Loch Linnhe by Fort William. They were designed to ensure guests have every comfort needed to ensure a wonderful holiday with views to the loch and hills of Ardgour from every room. Deep double ended baths, along with separate power shower add a touch of luxury, and Superking size beds ensure a wonderful nights sleep. Regular sightings of wildlife, and the hills of Lochaber on your doorstep make Heron Bay Holidays the perfect base for your Highland adventure. Heron Bay, Fort William PH33 6SH - T: 01397 705786 / 07496 971127 E: stay@fortwilliamholidaylodges.co.uk - www.fortwilliamholidaylodges.co.uk

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ABERDEENSHIRE

You’re never far from a golf course in Scotland, the birthplace of the game, but Aberdeenshire has some of the oldest and most challenging, including links courses meeting dunes up to 100 feet high along 165 miles of the county coastline and inland courses on estates, in castle grounds, glens and alongside rivers also famous for salmon fishing. Visitors can book a game even at those with distinguished credentials, such as the world’s highest at Braemar in Royal Deeside and the 9 holer at Balmoral Castle, summer home of the Royal family since 1852. Climbers can also bag some 32 Munros – mountains over 3,000 feet – in Aberdeenshire, including Lochnagar, on the Balmoral estate, and Ben Macdui, the second highest after Ben Nevis, Thrill seekers delight in spectacular

4 Star Luxury Lodges with Hot tubs Clovenstone Lodges are a countryside retreat set amongst 9 acres of beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside. Our 4 bed lodges sleep up to 10 guests. Our new luxury couple only woodland lodges are private & secluded, with your own private hot tub, nestling amongst fauna and woodlands. Great access to North East Scotland, Cairngorms and Royal Deeside. T 07414 274 004 E info@clovenstonelodges.co.uk W www.clovenstonelodges.co.uk

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mountain bike trails and also winter sports including skiing and snowboarding at three centres, The Lecht, CairnGorm Mountain and Glenshee, serving everyone from young beginners to masters of the slopes. No trip to Scotland would be complete without a taste or two of the great national tipple, Scotch. Aberdeenshire has no fewer than 10 distilleries within its borders, offering some of the best tasting

and most famous. This extraordinary county also has some 263 castles and ruins thereof. Leaving the great natural outdoor landscapes behind, the city of Aberdeen is itself an immensely rewarding place to visit, with ships docking right against the city streets built of sparkling granite and dolphins venturing into the North Sea harbour where so much vibrant nightlife exists.

Boghead Holiday Cottages are situated on a working farm in rural Aberdeenshire. Ideally situated 20 miles from the Cairngorm National Park, 20 miles from Aberdeen and 30 miles from the Moray coast, on the Castle Trail and just off the Whisky Trail, there is so much to do. One cottage is fully disabled accessible.

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AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

Scotland is such adverse and interesting country it’s always a bigger problem deciding what to leave out than what to do. Ayrshire & Arran is only 40 minutes’ drive from Glasgow, yet offers the best of rural life in the islands and sandy shores of a coastal environment. The region produce the bard Robert Burns, whose words were so powerful as to have people ‘addressing the haggis’ in his honour every year since 1801, when nine of his friends got together to mark the fifth anniversary his death. Thenceforth, the celebration shifted to the great man’s birthday – January 25 – but visiting his birthplace museum in Alloway and following the ‘Poet’s Path’ that winds its way through the village is a great way to learn about upbringing, life’s work and

causes of his celebration. People wanting to enjoy more of Scottish creativity won’t be disappointed to make their way to West Kilbride, Scotland’s first accredited Craft Town and home to the Barony Centre and Craft Studios open to the public and displaying wide-ranging original works, exhibitions and performances. Known as ‘The Village’, West Kilbride is actually a small town with independent

shops which complement the craft theme. No trip to these parts could be complete without crossing to the Isle of Arran, where attractions include not only fabulous examples of Scotland’s core attractions of golf courses and whisky distilleries, but also numerous ancient monuments, including no fewer than six ancient stone circles within easy reach of each other on Machrie Moor.

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