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Marvellous Moray Away days & short drive staycations

A stay at Bridge of Orchy Hotel _ A hair makeover from Bloom Lifestyle Salon

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With long waiting times to be seen for treatment or scanning why wait. TAC can offer early appointments to suit your needs with a range of specialties.



elf-refer or your GP can contact us directly. We are fully recognised by major insurance companies and more affordable than you would think; more and more patients are taking advantage of TAC’s BEST practice promise: B E S T

Best value Effective treatment Safely delivered Timely - at a time that suits you

General Practice See a GP when you need one without having to fill in a load of forms first. We offer 15, 30 or 60 minute appointments with experienced GP’s. Our GP’s also specialise in dermatology, women’s health, sexual health and travel.

Varicose Veins Treatment for varicose veins used to involve long operations but now procedures such as Radio Frequency ablation, foam sclerotherapy and micro sclerotherapy are carried out on a walk-in walk out basis. Clinics and operating lists are undertaken both during the week but also at weekends to suit your requirements.



Heavy menstrual bleeding or post-menopausal bleeding are readily investigated at our one-stop clinic and are often treated as an outpatient meaning you can get peace of mind and treatment without lengthy waits and in the convenient setting of our Woman’s health clinic. Procedures include hysteroscopy, removal of endometrial polyps, fibroids as well as investigations for infertility, post-menopausal and abnormal bleeding all undertaken by our female gynaecologist at our Cults clinic.

TAC has the N East of Scotland’s only private Endoscopy unit which undertakes Upper GI Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy procedures by a team who are completely dedicated to working in that field ensuring that your treatment is managed by specialist doctors and nurses.

Allergy/Hayfever clinics As pollen rises hayfever can be very debilitating. We offer a range of services from skin prick testing to the injection and desensitisation treatment. A questionnaire will be forwarded to see the pattern of your allergies and then we can arrange a targeted appointment based on your symptoms.

General Surgery Much of general surgery does require a hospital stay but there is a lot that doesn’t - we undertake Local Anaesthetic hernia repairs, removal of lumps and bumps, Vasectomies and ingrown toenail procedure as an outpatient. Haemorrhoids or piles a common cause for a lot of pain and worry are easily treated at our onestop rectal bleeding clinics, allowing you to seen and treated (in most cases) at the same visit.

Radiology - Ultrasound We offer a large range of ultrasound scans from gynaecology, musculoskeletal (MSK), abdominal, aortic, testicular and thyroid. The scans are carried out by our fulltime sonographer ensuring that you don’t have to wait for your scan.

IBS Offering investigation and treatment for symptoms of IBS. Whilst others might not take your symptoms seriously we do and will offer investigation and treatment by specialists. All services are supported by our laboratories for blood tests and pathology analysis, and we can offer a range of blood tests including allergy and intolerance profiles. For more information contact:

Tel: 0333 0143 488




HEALTH, BEAUTY & WELLBEING Men’s Mental Health resources 10 Pedicures & pampered tootsies 16 Win a new hairstyle from Bloom Lifestyle Salon 34




Love Local: Part 2 of our guide to local food suppliers 36 Meet Alan Clarke, head chef at Maryculter House 42 Craig Wilson shares how to sneak in five a day 47




Win dinner & a stay at Bridge of Orchy Hotel 41 Kids: Ideas for summer holiday fun 60 Marvellous Moray: Road trips & staycations 62


20 Flourish: summer style that’s bloomin’ gorgeous 28 Weekend wonders: picks for relaxed weekend looks




30 Men: Home Brewed Heaven: DIY garden pubs 64 Meet The Esslemont Bar & Restaurant’s Neil Davidson




54 Interiors: Kitchen refresh 58 Gardens: Kirsty McLean on creating outdoor colour




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EDITOR Hello again, July and August should - in an ideal world - be more relaxed months, filled with warm days and balmy evenings, alfresco eating, summer holidays and the chance to recharge your batteries lying on a beach or snoozing in a hammock. Sometimes the reality doesn’t quite meet our expectations, particularly when it comes to sunshine and chilling out. Yet, this summer, it seems really important to take some time for yourself. It’s about remembering who you are and who you want to be, making the most of the simple pleasures that surround you. It’s about enjoying time with family and friends, picking your own flowers or a basket of strawberries. It’s about heading back to your hairdresser or beauty salon or supporting your local shops. It’s about overcoming the difficulties and restrictions we’ve faced over the past year and more and embracing life once more. It’s time to live a life that you enjoy, rather than settling into a routine of tedium. Naturally, we’re here to help you regain your mojo. You’ll find features on the best local independent food retailers, ideas for staycations or day trips, with or without the kids, some fabulous new looks for both you and your home and even ideas for creating your own bar in the garden. It’s time to start enjoying life again. Love Everyone at Trend x

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all august 9-11 july Circus Zyair bring the magic of the big top to the Events Field at Milton of Crathes. Tickets are from circus-zyair. or

16-31 july Bangkok’s Lady Boys make a welcome return to the Sabai Pavilion at the beach. Tickets from

Head to the Art Gallery to catch the British Art Show 9. Tickets are free, but slots must be booked at event/137142

all july Check what’s happing at NUART, the city’s hugely popular festival of street art.

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All july See the Prestonpans Tapestry at the Garioch Heritage Centre. The tapestry celebrates Bonnie Prince Charlie’s journey through the highlands before emerging victorious at the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745. Open Thursday - Sunday 10 am - 4 pm until Sunday 8 August. £5 for adults and £4 for concessions. Under 16s are free. Book at

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Pick up a bargain at Banchory’s antiques and vintage market in Scott Skinner Square from 11am

Vroom! Big boys’ toys galore at the Royal Deeside Motor Show at Kincardine Castle. Find out more at

14 july The Art Gallery has a series of free workshops for under 5s with stories and activities inspired by the gallery’s popular Guthrie’s Goslings. Book at selection140071

31 july Unit 51 hosts an orchestral concert by No Strings Attached, re-imagining the rap and hip-hop artist Dr Dre's album 2001. Tickets are available from

Get garden inspiration (or plant envy) with a visit to one of the private gardens open for charity at

13-15 august Pop up to Gordon Castle Walled Garden for the Flower Farmers Big Weekend and learn more about cut flowers Find out more at

HE BEST T F O K OUR PIC T ACTIVITIES OU GOING UGUST A & Y L IN JU 17 august Former Doctor Adam Kay brings This is Going to Hurt to the Music Hall. Tickets from

28 August Banchory’s Scott Skinner Square hosts their regular Arts and Crafts market

Saturday 21 August 1 - 4pm Malmaison

17-20 august Grab a rug and feast on a picnic at the opera. HMS Pinafore comes to Leith Hall on the 17th, before moving to Kincardine Castle on the 20th. Book at

2 course lunch G &T on arrival Gin tasting Jazz music All events are subject to change or cancellation, so check before heading out.

£55 per person Email: (Limits on table sizes) Current Covid restrictions will be in operation with Malmaison’s policies



The last year or so hasn’t been easy on anyone. Rates of depression and anxiety have risen considerably, but it’s thought that men may struggle more with mental health because they may be uncomfortable talking about things like feelings.


e live in a society where the majority of men are told that it’s weak to cry or demonstrate their feelings. From a young age, they’re told they have to be stereotypically strong and protective, to suffer stoically and never admit weakness. The thing is, it’s killing them. Figures suggest that around one in eight men has a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder. Yet men are less likely to seek or receive professional help for such issues. 36% of NHS referrals for talking therapy are allocated to men. Many also lack the social support network, whether that’s friends, partners or family members that allow them to admit such problems. It’s the done thing to shrug and say you’re fine, even when you really aren’t. This is why three times as many men as women die by suicide. It’s why three quarters of adults who go missing are men and why they have much higher level levels of alcohol and drug dependency. Some studies have suggested that men may be less likely to recognise when they are suffering from a mental health issue. Depression or

anxiety are often dismissed as stress. Men are more likely to show some symptoms of depression than women. These include irritability, sudden anger and increased risk-taking and aggression. Men are more likely to use alcohol and drugs to cope with their depression rather than talking about it. They may use escapist behaviour too, such as throwing themselves into their work. Making simple changes can help you feel better. Arrange to catch up with a friend, or check that they are doing okay with a phone call or Zoom session. Walking has been shown to help beat depression. Try combining an evening walk with mindful practices or transport yourself to another world by listening to an audiobook as you stroll. Or you could try some online fitness classes or sign up for a team sport, get on your bike or head to the gym. A change of scene can help. This can be a simple as going away for a weekend or taking a walk in the woods. Give yourself permission to do things you enjoy and set aside some me time, whether that’s a long bath or starting a veg plot. Cut down on alcohol and eat more healthily. Living on takeaways and

beer may make you feel better temporarily, but it’s not a good way to manage difficult feelings. It’s important to recognise you’re not superhuman. Don’t compare yourself to others, especially on social media. It’s okay to admit you sometimes feel anxious or overwhelmed, or that there are days where you really don’t want to crawl out from under the covers. Asking for help is the first step in recovery. If you’re concerned you’re developing a mental health problem, talk to your GP. It can be daunting, but most people find that speaking to their GP and getting help and support can make a big difference to their lives. You can also talk to Mental Health Aberdeen, a local charity which has been providing counselling for over 70 years, or search online for local support groups. Mental Health Aberdeen Samaritans 0330 094 5717 Scottish Association for Mental Health Brothers In Arms


The care home you’d choose for yourself There comes a time when we realise our parents, or indeed ourselves, are no longer able to live fully independent lives, taking care of all their own needs.


et we often feel reluctant to explore the possibility of a care home, even when we know that it can offer the support and assistance required. We may even assume that moving into a care home means giving up cherished activities and our freedom to do as we choose. At Rubislaw Park Care Home, however, nothing could be further from the truth. This five-star home is all about enabling those who live there to live their best lives, on their own terms. It’s a place of companionship, joy, laughter and fun.

Manager Gayle Bain explained, ‘We’ve created a care home fit for the 21st century. The home itself is five-star in terms of facilities and the experience our staff have to offer, but we’ve specifically thought about the residents’ journey here and what they want to enjoy in life. ‘It’s a bit of a cliché, but many of our residents and their relatives were anxious about coming to a care home, thinking that it was simply a place to be until the inevitable happened. Joining our community at Rubislaw Park is the beginning of another chapter to enjoy.’


Rubislaw Park has an enviable West End location, just off Queen’s Road. Each of the 86 spacious en-suite bedrooms are individually decorated and there are lots of ways for guests to spend time with each other, including the fine dining restaurant, cinema room and lounges, relaxation and quiet rooms and a computer room. The vibrant bar has a weekly happy hour on a Friday afternoon complete with canapes and entertaining activities. There’s even a Mercedes on call ready to ferry residents into town for a little shopping, a meal, or to meet friends and relatives. It feels more like a holiday than a care home. Gayle added, ‘Our activities team do a wonderful job, choosing events and activities offering variety and choice

to suit our residents, making it a very vibrant care home. If they miss the independence of a trip to the cinema, we can put on an old movies afternoon. Or perhaps they want to meet their friends from their own ‘bubble’ in the home for a coffee or a glass of fizz at the bar. Our gintasting events are always popular and many of our residents like to spend time in the gardens. We often spot squirrels, foxes and deer as well as many species of bird.’ ‘Our catering, housekeeping, caring and nursing staff are all fully committed to the quality of the care and service we provide to each of our residents. That’s why we’ve made it into the Top 20 awards list every year for the past three years. Indeed, we were

the only home in Aberdeen that was honoured in 2020. We strive to be the best care home for those that are looking for the ideal place to spend their retirement, but can no longer live by themselves. It’s a five-star setting for a new beginning. Many of our residents and their families feel it gives them a whole new interest and outlook on life.’ Rubislaw Park offers a care setting providing a continuum of care to include residential, nursing, specialist dementia and respite stays. The best way to discover more about Rubislaw Park Care Home is after a no-obligation visit at the home or virtually. Find out more about the facilities on offer at


OUTSTANDING COSMETIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY IN THE CITY Alpha Clinic is the first Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic in the North of Scotland. The clinic opened just before lockdown and offers a wide range of procedures to improve the appearance, boost selfconfidence and improve the quality of life with minimal down time.


lpha Clinic was founded by one of the country’s most highly qualified and skilled Plastic Surgeons. Mr Thanassi Athanassopoulos studied medicine at Oxford University and King’s College Hospital London qualifying with distinction prior to embarking on Plastic Surgery training in Scotland. He is an acknowledged expert in cosmetic facial and breast surgery and, in particular, complex secondary revision surgery. He is also an NHS Consultant at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Aberdeen University Medical School specialising in reconstruction of complex skin cancers of the face, and surgery for facial weakness as well as breast reconstruction.


Mr Athanassopoulos attained the highest research degree Oxford University offers, Doctor of Medicine, after spending an additional three years at the Stem Cell Research Laboratory at the John Radcliffe Hospital studying regenerative therapies and stem cells. As a result of this research, he received the coveted research fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Young Scientist award of the British Blood Transfusion Society. He is one of very few surgeons in Scotland to have specifically trained in cosmetic surgery to a higher level following the completion of plastic surgery training. He’s known for the quality of his work and his bespoke approach which ensures that, from the initial consultation through treatment and aftercare, the focus is always on the needs and aspirations of the patient. The clinic’s aim is to build lifelong relationships with our clients and improve their quality of life. Alpha Clinic offers a wide range of both aesthetic treatments and surgical procedures at their discrete West End premises. The clinic’s mole screening and removal service offers histology results in just three days, bringing rapid peace of mind. The clinic’s website offers indicative treatment pricing and is an excellent source of information, helping you make an informed decision before arranging an initial consultation. Pricing is competitive and includes high end pre- and posttreatment aftercare and follow up visits. Alpha Clinic’s Facial treatments are focussed on achieving natural looking improvements that boost confidence and a youthful appearance. A brow lift can dramatically improve the appearance of the eyebrows and upper eyelids providing a more refreshed youthful and relaxed look. Eyelids can be lifted, taking years off, while sagging

skin in the neck, jowls and hollowed cheeks can all be reduced with a facelift restoring a youthful, revitalised look. The experienced team also offers non-surgical aesthetic treatments. Primary rhinoplasty is arguably the most delicate, precise plastic surgery procedure available. The small changes in smoothing contours provide facial balance, improving not only the nose, but the appearance of the entire face. Similarly, corrective ear surgery can alleviate a great deal of psychological distress. Breasts can be enlarged, lifted or reduced and a combination of fat transfer, augmentation and lifting can be used to counter the effects of aging and gravity. Postoperative breast reconstruction is offered to help women who have experienced cancer. Inverted nipple surgery is also available. Surgery procedures on the body include Tummy Tucks, Liposuction and Fat Transfer. Reconstructive surgery includes the removal of benign skin lesions, scar revision and skin cancer reconstruction of the face. The clinic also offers hair transplants and PRP treatments, which use platelet rich plasma therapy to accelerate healing. Scientific studies show PRP can help tissues heal more rapidly and help restore hair growth. Booking a consultation could be your first step to looking your best. 10 Albyn Terrace, AB10 1YP Tel: 01224 232428


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f you’ve been living in furry boots and slippers for the past year, then you may find that your feet have changed shape and heels are no longer comfortable. This may be the perfect excuse to go shoe shopping. Get your feet back into tip top condition first by booking a medical pedicure or medi pedi as it’s known. This is offered by several local podiatry clinics. The medi pedi combines podiatry treatments with a bit of pampering. Nails are cleaned and any corns, calluses and hard skin dealt with, before dry heels are sorted out. This is generally followed by a foot scrub, a mask to rehydrate and soften the skin and a deep moisture treatment and foot massage. Unlike a beauty spa pedicure, your nails remain unvarnished, but your feet will be healthier look better and feel better.

If you don’t need such a heavy duty approach, then try your favourite beauty salon where, for around £15 £60, you can expect to emerge relaxed and perfectly pedicured. Some salons include painting your nails in the price, while others make an additional charge, so check out the pricing before making your appointment. Summer’s most popular shades include corals, which always look great on tanned skin, fruity pastel shades like watermelon, minty greens, pink sorbets and icy blueberry shades. These look great in rainbow combinations. If you’re sticking to a single colour, then lilac might be your best choice, as it’s one of this season’s most popular shades in womenswear. Understated neutrals are always a winner, particularly if you have several events to go for.

Look for pale creamy whites or the gentlest, barely-there pinks. If you’d rather try a home pedicure, then follow our steps to fantastic feet. Gather up some cotton buds, cotton wool pads, gloves, nail varnish remover, toe separators, foot cream or lotion, a foot file or pumice stone, a towel and a foot spa if you have one. Start by removing the remnants of any existing polish using cotton wool pads soaked in nail varnish remover. Wear rubber or latex gloves if you don’t want to ruin your manicure. Use a basin or foot spa to soak your feet in warm water. You can add bath salts if you have them. After ten minutes, pat one foot dry, then remove dead skin with the foot file or pumice stone. Repeat for the other foot, before


trimming your toenails with clippers or scissors and then filing them. If you like, you can push your cuticles back, but they’re there to protect the nail bed from bacteria, so it’s not an

essential step. You can massage in a little cuticle oil to encourage healthy nails. Use your favourite foot cream or lotion to massage your toes, ankles and calves. Use firm upward stokes on the ankles to encourage the flow of lymph, which carries waste cell products from the body. You can use a face or body lotion for your massage, but this isn’t the time to break out your most expensive moisturiser.

Make sure your nails are dry before grabbing your toe separators and applying a layer of base coat polish. Don’t skip this, especially if you’ve chosen a dark shade, as your toenails may stain without it. It also helps your polish to last longer. Next, paint two thin layers of your chosen polish, allowing sufficient drying time between coats. Finish with a layer of protective top coat and allow yourself at least half an hour of doing nothing to prevent smudges and ruining all your efforts.

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Back in style and safety The team at Salon 70 are thrilled to be seeing clients and creating great styles again.

Owner Sarah Jane Ironside explained, ‘Everything we use is hygienically cleaned after each client. We are all Barbicide trained and, in addition to our own PPE, we use disposable gowns, towels and capes for each client. ‘We have fewer clients and stylists in the salon so we can dedicate time

to each client. Our online booking system is great for Track & Trace. So many clients have said that coming back to the salon has been great for boosting their confidence and self-esteem. Having your hair done is a form of therapy. A relationship with your stylist is good for the soul. Our aim is to make people feel good, look great and be happy.’ 70 Great Western Road, AB10 6PY Tel: 01224 573727 Book at salon-70/18634

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Second store opening soon


ountry Ways in Aberdeen has been an institution for the country and equestrian set for over 40 years now. When it started back in 1987, it soon became the go-to place for your welly boots, Barbour jackets and riding hats. Since then, it has grown and evolved, offering lifestyle brands for those who enjoy both city life and all the countryside has to offer. You’ll find brands like Fairfax and Favor, Dubarry and Holebrook of Sweden, which combine great quality with great style. It’s the place for casual, relaxed country wear for the entire family and where customer service is paramount.

Now Country Ways is set on the next stage of the company’s evolution by opening a second store in the next few months. Work is underway to create a fabulous new retail experience on Deeside, making the business truly for town and country. The new shop, on Bridge Street in the heart of Banchory is a fabulous building which will carry a wide range of Country Ways customers’ favourite brands and some new ones. There will also be a dedicated area for dogs, gifts and a selection of fine foods. There’s also lots of parking nearby. Be sure to look out for more details being announced on their social media pages very soon!

115 Holburn Street, AB10 6BQ Tel: 01224 585150

the crlab system - discrete help for hair loss Florescence, the city’s premier provider of discrete hair loss treatments, wigs and hairpieces has added Nail technician and hair loss consultant Lora Flores and stylist Aaran Collie to its amazing team. The full-service salon is now a CRLAB partner and has become the official Aberdeen clinic for this undetectable second scalp system prosthetic. The Cesare Ragazzi system is an advanced hair replacement system for adults and children suffering hair loss. The FDA approved, custom-fitted polymer base combines with 100% unprocessed hair for a totally natural look.

24/26 Claremont Street, Aberdeen AB10 6QS Tel: 01224 593852 florescenceaberdeen @florescence_aberdeen


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Older readers may remember a time when we had weekends - two blissful days at the end of the working week when we went places and did things like go to the cinema or theatre, head out on a mammoth shopping adventure or meet friends for a drink or a meal. We dressed up a little, sometimes we even travelled to a new city or someplace warm! Now that things are opening up again, the weekend is back. Here’s our pick of what to wear…











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You’ll need somewhere to keep your beers cold, so think about an ice chest or cooler if you don’t want to keep traipsing into the kitchen all night. You can also install a fridge in your bar shed.

Most local shed building companies are experiencing shortages of timber and a backlog of orders, so you may need to try a few places or buy one online if you are in a hurry. Cordiners offer garden pods, shed and summer houses. If you want something more spacious, try DabDen for a bespoke garden room, or have Papillon Landscaping design your dream space. Maybe create a multi-purpose space that can serve as a home office then convert to a games room and bar?

There are around 25 active breweries in the North-east, so considerable research may be required when it comes to deciding what to stock in your garden bar. Then there are at least 20 local artisan gin makers and Speyside offers some of the world’s best whiskies, so be prepared to invest considerable effort in this phase of creating your perfect garden bar. Outdoor heating is a must, especially if you want to use your space all year round. Patio heaters are one option, but a fire pit provides a great focal point as well as cooking possibilities. Rustle up some baked

here’s nothing quite like a warm summer evening sitting in the garden with a few friends, chatting away over a drink or two. What could be better than your own bar in the garden, complete with a selection of craft beers and locally produced spirits?






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potatoes or a few sausages on your fire, or opt for a BBQ if you fancy a wider range of culinary delights. A pizza oven is another option, but ordering for delivery or buying in some treats you’re your local deli may be easier. Look for comfortable seating that encourages relaxation. You’re looking for something you can slouch in and unwind for a few hours, rather than something stylish but uncomfortable. Lots of cushions and cosy throws mean you can use the space when nights become a little

chillier. Gazebos or a bell tent offer shelter and can be packed away for the winter. There are plenty of lighting options, but some of the prettiest are outdoor lanterns or strings of lights that can be hung from trees. Solar powered lights are a good choice unless you plan to use the space on winter evenings, if which case, battery powered choices may be more reliable. The only other things you’ll need are some glasses and a bottle opener. Cheers!

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Lava's Jacqui gets the chop for a good cause When Jacqui Grant, director at Lava Jewellery Design in Peterculter, recently turned 50, she decided to donate her gorgeous copper lockdown tresses to the Little Princess Trust. The discarded lengths are used to make natural

wigs for children who lose their hair during chemotherapy for cancer. The wigs are provided free of charge. Jacqui’s new style was created by Dean at Chez Dean. You can find out more about the charity at

The New Tartan Ball bounces back Time to get your glad rags on. The Beach Ball Room in Aberdeen will light up on Friday 26 November for this year’s New Tartan Ball, benefiting the work of children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland across the North-east of Scotland. The ball has been one of the city’s social highlights for several years. Tickets or tables can be purchased from

Balfour+Manson boosts family law team Legal firm Balfour+Manson has bolstered its family law team in Aberdeen with the hire of Katie Albiston from Taggart Meil Mathers. Lynne Mulcahy, one of the Partners who head up the family team in Aberdeen, explained, ‘We’re delighted o have Katie, who is a very talented and enthusiastic young solicitor, on board.’ Katie, who qualified as a Solicitor in June 2020, commented, ’I’ve

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worked in several different areas of law, but family law has always been my primary interest. I’ve worked with Avenue Aberdeen, which provides family mediation, child contact and counselling and have previously volunteered with ChildLine and Grampian Women’s Aid. I want to help people find a way through often challenging times in their lives and I’m really excited to get started with the team at Balfour+Manson.’

New Balfour+Manson family law team member Katie Albiston (c), flanked by Lynne Mulcahy (l) and Kirsten Knight (r)


celebrates growth & team promotions


eading PR, marketing and design agency, has reported a positive first half of the year, celebrating new contract wins worth six figures, in addition to team promotions and a recruitment drive.

to raise company profiles through tailored support and sound customer service.

The company has expanded its portfolio with new clients including, Dolphin Drilling, sustainable solutions provider, ACCIONA, offshore training providers AIS Survivex, pipe care specialists Ramco and the jewel in Aberdeenshire’s hospitality crown, Ardoe House Hotel & Spa.

‘I’m immensely proud of the team at think - their hard work, commitment and growth. With the leadership of our Managing Director Rachel Creegan, the level of service and commitment to our clients has been second to none. We are excited to look forward with new appointments, as well as continuing to recognise the highly skilled team we have in place.’

Annabel Sall, CEO of think Group, said, ‘It is testament to the think team that even throughout these difficult times, we have continued to steadily grow and diversify our portfolio. The range and amount of work secured highlights our ability

think also continues its commitment to supporting local charity initiatives, by announcing the donation of its time and expertise to aid a high profile charity event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, due to take place in 2022.



Win the bloom glow


leaming and radiant summer ready hair and skin are a must to make sure you not only look great but feel amazing too. At Bloom we can help you achieve this, every guest who books a colour will get a complimentary professional lock in treatment to complete the service and keep your colour fresher for longer. And, all Bloom guests can upgrade their appointment by adding a complimentary 15 minute skin fix facial to their salon experience, what more could you ask for this summer. Trend have teamed up with Bloom to offer one lucky reader a cut and colour appointment which includes the above and also a Bloom @ Home colour care kit to protect and nourish your hair at home. To enter, go to and answer this question:

What flower is associated with where Bloom is? If you can't wait to see if you have won then take advantage of a special offer Bloom are offering: £10 off a cut quoting TREND10 or £20 off a colour service quoting TREND20 Anderson House, 24 Rose Street, AB10 1UA Tel: 01224 446750

Free drop in kid’s foot health clinics at Bob & Lulu Specialist children’s shoe store Bob & Lulu on Ashley Road is partnering with podiatrist Amy Maclean, to run free drop in clinics to raise awareness of the importance of foot health. Details of upcoming sessions can be found on Facebook. Parents can bring their children to the 20 minute appointment to chat with Amy and to get professional advice on any foot concerns or issues. As well as the free clinic, Amy and Lisa will host an Instagram live to address any concerns from parents on their little ones’ foot health and answer some of the most commonly asked questions.

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Making garden dreams come true 2021 Banchory Bangle design revealed The annual Children 1st Banchory Bangle fundraiser is back for the 44th year running. Designer Dr Malcolm Appleby MBE FRSE commented, ‘The 2021 Banchory Bangle was inspired by our ginkgo trees and their falling leaves, their wonderful colours and varying shapes as they fall to the ground. Our natural world is so important for children’s well-being and for the health of future generations.’ Since the Banchory Bangle began in 1977 the Children 1st Deeside Committee have raised over £170K to support children and families across Scotland. Tickets for the draw cost £1 each and are available from local shops in Banchory or online at

The team at Papillon offer award winning garden design and landscaping. They have created some of the most beautiful, but practical gardens in the city and shire, all designed to suit their clients’ lifestyles. High levels of demand, coupled with Covid and Brexit fuelling shortages of building supplies and plants, mean that reputable landscapers, such as Papillon, are booked for months in advance. Whether you want a garden office or summer house, a relaxing urban oasis or a country paradise, it’s best to book a consultation now to plan ahead for summer 2022.

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Part two of our guide to the best local food retailers covers fish, destination shops, farmers markets and world flavours. Bon Appétit!


freshest fish Despite having some of the world’s best fish and seafood being landed every day at Peterhead, Aberdeen and other North-east ports, many of us are at bit of a loss when it comes to knowing what to do with fish if it doesn’t come covered in batter and sitting beside a portion of chips. Perhaps that’s because we didn’t understand the health benefits of eating fish and because much of our seafood was shipped to France and Spain. Visit any fish shop in Aberdeen or the shire and you’ll find an enthusiast behind the counter. They’re happy to explain the difference between halibut and herring, share what’s best in season and provide ideas on how to make the most of sustainably caught species. It’s a world away from bland supermarket offerings.

AMITY FISH Amity Fish offer fresh and frozen fish deliveries sourced by Jimmy Buchan’s team. As you’d expect, they’re strong on seafood, with prawns, langoustines and crabs available alongside luxury options like turbot or monkfish. Find out more at

whatever their buyer liked best on their early morning forays to Peterhead’s fish market. It’s worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page to find out what’s in store and discover specials like live lobster or crab. Find it at Countesswellsfish-shop

NICOL FISHMONGERS Nicol Fishmongers have been on Rosemount Place for decades. They don’t really do social media and they close from 12.45 to 2pm each day, so it’s best to call ahead on 01224 636635 if you’re looking for something specific.

JACK TAYLOR Bucksburn’s Jack Taylor is another small fishmonger with a great heritage and a modern outlook. They buy daily from Peterhead and Fraserburgh and have a commitment to sustainability that runs through the entire business. Their Fraserburgh factory even has solar panels.

DELISH FISH Also in Rosemount, Delish Fish have opened a new shop at the top of Esslemont Avenue. You’ll always find something interesting on the slab, like smoked haddock and tattie pies or fish-based ready meals as well as an extensive selection of fresh and smoked fish. Check out what’s new at COUNTESSWELLS FISH SHOP Countesswells fish shop is, unsurprisingly, at the top of Countesswells Road. They generally have a top quality selection of

Jack Taylor offers a huge range of fresh seafood including cod, haddock, oysters and scallops as well as a vast array of more exotic and rare species. You can order online for collection at SUTHERLANDS OF PORTSOY Sutherlands of Portsoy are best known for their excellent smoked salmon, which is now delivered to appreciative foodies all over the world. The methods have been in the family for over a century. If you’re not popping up to

Portsoy, you can order online at, where they offer an extensive selection of smoked fish, seafood and white fish. THE CREEL FISHMONGERS Stonehaven offers several possibilities for fresh fish and seafood. The Creel fishmongers is located on Barclay Street and sometimes has additional foodie treats like local duck eggs and samphire, while you’ll find the Seafood Bothy down on the harbour side. As well as ready to eat offerings, they offer seafood direct from their boat. You can check what’s just been landed and opening hours at seafoodbothy BLUE FLAG SEAFOODS Blue Flag is located on Torry's Stell Road. They’re great for speciality seafoods, so this is the place to go if you need sashimi quality tuna, monkfish cheeks or a live lobster. They also offer pensioners a 10% discount on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check their facebook page for the freshest offers at blueflagseafoods


Destination shops Sometimes you just fancy a trip out of town, so a destination shop, which combines the chance to pick up some luxury or artisan products, combined with garden supplies, clothing, homewares, art or antiques is ideal. Here are our favourites. Most are easily accessed from the A96, so you can make a day trip of it.

KELLOCKBANK Kellochbank combines an excellent café with work from local artists, a garden centre, gifts, clothing and great home accessories. It’s perfect if you’re shopping for gifts, though you’ll probably end up with a treat or two for yourself. The food hall brings together the best of Scottish artisan produce as well as specialist wines and spirits. You’ll find Kellochbank about ten miles beyond Inverurie on the A96. Check it out at MORGON MCVEIGH'S Morgan McVeigh’s lies between Inverurie and Huntly on the A96. It’s an independent, family owned casual dining restaurant, gift and small food hall. It also has one of the largest selection of ladies’ fashions in the shire. Find out more at

BRODIE COUNTRYFARE You’ll find Brodie Countryfare just off the A96 not far beyond Forres. As well as a superb food hall, filled with local delicacies and world foods, they offer some great home accents, cookware and clothing for the whole family. Discover more at LOGIE STEADING Logie Steading lies six miles south of Forres and is home to artisan makers and retailers as well as the acclaimed Olive Tree Cafe. It’s a delight to browse the book and antique shops, woodworking studios, art gallery and farm shop. The gardens, playpark, heritage centre and charming riverside walks make it a great choice for the whole family.

DESKFORD GARDEN GALLERIES Deskford Garden Galleries isn’t far from Cullen and it’s perfect for lovers of all things vintage. The three acre gardens are dotted with little cottages and outbuildings that now house antiques, collectables, art, gifts and vintage fashion. The Willows Tea Room offers a great menu, but do make sure you leave room for cake. Check it out at


Farmers markets The North-east’s farmers markets are a great way to buy specialist ingredients directly from the producers. Most have stalls selling locally landed fish, home-cured bacon and sausages, artisan cheeses and a mouth-watering array of breads and baked products. Some also have local breweries, cider and liqueur producers, fudge makers, tea importers, organic veg sellers, plant nurseries and a host of other micro-businesses.

Most run on Saturdays, with a regular schedule. You’ll find markets in Stonehaven, Peterhead, Westhill and Huntly on the first Saturday of each month, Inverurie and Aboyne on the second Saturday, Banchory on the third, Ballater and Ellon on the forth and Macduff on the last Saturday of the month. Some markets have yet to reopen, including the city’s Belmont Street Market and the Torphins Market, which was held at Platform 22 from 10-2 on Wednesdays.

AFFA FINE Affa Fine also offer markets in the Events Field at Milton of Crathes which combine food, crafts and a car boot sale. You can check the schedule at affafinemarkets. Currently, there are events scheduled for 4th July, 5th September, 3rd October, 7th November and 5th December. Entry is £3, with under 15s free.


World flavours

MATTHEW'S FOODS Matthew’s Foods doesn’t sound like an oriental supermarket, but this is heaven for adventurous cooks. If you head to 136-8 Causewayend, you’ll find Korean, Japanese, Chinese and South East Asian ingredients and specialities. There’s everything from kimchi to Shao Hing wine, a zillion varieties of dried noodles and an assortment of interesting veg. SPICE OF ASIA Spice of Asia, on John Street, specialises in Asian, African, Latin American and Middle Eastern ingredients, with over 10,000 products and 200 brands in store. There’s halal butchery, a great fruit and veg section and a range of sweets and treats that are worth exploring.

ROSEMOUNT'S ASIAN MINI MARKET Rosemount’s Asian Mini Market, on South Mount Street, may be considerably smaller, but it’s still packed with intriguing products. They are open seven days a week and always worth a visit. asianminimarketrosemount

GORAL SHOP You’ll find Goral Shop in the Summerhill Shopping Centre. This Polish supermarket has been around since 2016 and offers a great selection of Polish chocolate, snacks and confectionary as well as also stocking B&M’s range of sausages and porkbased products.

POLSKI SKLEP B&M SAUSAGES George Street, King Street and Torry are all good if you’re looking for Eastern European flavours. Polski Sklep B&M Sausages on Victoria Road in Torry, is, like the name suggests, the city’s premier purveyor of Polish sausages and smoked meats. PolskisklepBMsausagesAberdeen

PASTA PLUS Lastly, if you fancy some Mediterranean flavours, Pasta Plus on Rosemount Place is wonderful for authentic Italian sausages, cheeses, flours, dried pasta and, when in season, the best wild mushrooms in the city. pasta-plus- 108822972512380



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of nearby Glencoe, or head to the viewpoint at Loch Tulla for some breath-taking panoramas. The hotel boasts 32 bright and airy rooms designed with comfort in mind. As well as the main building, there’s also a cottage and privately accessed annex suites which come with their own deck; perfect for a morning cuppa or a glass of wine in the evening. Bridge of Orchy is easily accessed by car as it lies on the A82, or you could take the train on the Glasgow to Fort William Line. The station is just a five minute stroll from the hotel. After a day of exploring, head for

dinner which features a seasonal menu celebrating some of Scotland’s finest produce. Round off the evening watching the sun set and enjoying a tipple in the cosy, atmospheric bar. Wake up refreshed from a peaceful, relaxing night’s sleep, before a full Scottish breakfast or a lighter choice like their delicious Eggs Benedict. To enter, go to and answer this question:

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Meet Alan Clarke, Head Chef at Maryculter House I signed up for a professional cookery course when I was 16 or 17. At 21, I joined Ardoe House where I was the runner up in the group’s global competition for young chefs. I worked at Skye’s The Three Chimneys, before heading back to the Ardoe and then moving to Maryculter House Hotel. When I’m not in the kitchen, Finley, our baby, and our new house keep me busy, though I still like to get out and about when time allows. At Maryculter House, we change the menus every three or four weeks to make the most of

Maryculter House, South Deeside Road, Aberdeen Tel: 01224 732124

seasonal produce. We have six starters, six main courses and six desserts, each of which involves a lot of different elements. As a chef, I’m always interested in food. Some of the best I’ve ever eaten would be from Michael Smith, of Loch Bay in Skye. His Orbost skink is amazing, though the weirdest thing I’ve tried was during a blind taste test. Let’s just say you’ll never find dried crispy spiders on the menu here!


STRAWBERRIES 500g Castleton strawberries 60g caster sugar 14g water 30g butter 1tsp lemon juice

FOR THE TOPPING 80g plain flour 50g caster sugar 20g brown sugar 55g butter

CRÈME ANGLAISE 150ml double cream 150ml full fat milk 5ml vanilla extract 4 egg yolks 75g granulated sugar

METHOD Crumble topping Pre-heat the oven to 160oC (fan-assisted) or 180oC (no fan). Rub the butter into the flour until you get a breadcrumbs texture. Mix through both sugars and then spread the mixture evenly onto greaseproof paper on a flat tray. Bake in the oven at 160oC for eight minutes. Then use a cookie cutter roughly the size of a saucer and cut through it while still warm. Put back in the oven for a further three minutes to fully cook the crumble disk, remove from oven, set aside and allow to cool Crème anglaise Put the cream, milk, and vanilla extract into a small saucepan and bring to a slow boil. Then whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until its paste like. Once the liquid has boiled, slowly add the egg and sugar paste and whisk continuously until it thickens. Once thickened remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly before serving. Strawberries (make once crumble disks are made) Make a caramel with the caster sugar, water and butter in a small saucepan on a high heat. Add strawberries and lemon juice, then heat through again. Remove from heat and allow to cool. PLATING Spoon strawberries and caramel into the base of a bowl and place the crumble dish on top. Serve with the warm custard.



istorically, Aberdeen has been the home to some of the most influential and famous whisky companies over the last 200 years. However, there may be a case that the Aberdeen’s Whisky history books go back much further and a new chapter is about to be written. Ardent Spirits, the company behind Burn o’Bennie Distillery in Banchory, is about the launch a new range of independently bottled whiskies. There has been an exciting renaissance in the Scotch Whisky industry but looking to lead that renaissance in Scotland’s third most populous city is Ardent Spirits. As well as bottling single cask whiskies and rums, Ardent Spirits also began producing its future whisky at its new Burn o’Bennie Distillery, based in Banchory the gateway to Royal Deeside. Burn o’Bennie has recently expanded and will now have the capability to produce over 400,000 litres a year. In 2019, researchers from the University of Aberdeen found records from 1505 proving there was a still for making ‘aquavite’ (Middle Scots word for ‘Water of Life’ referring to Whisky) in the city’s UNESCO records. Although not the first reference to whisky (that was in 1494), it is the earliest mention of a still used to distil a spirit for consumption. In far more recent history, Scotch whisky lovers will be aware of the Chivas Brothers opening their Aberdeen

emporium after being fascinated by the world of taste and smell. This emporium was the start of one of the most sought after Blended Scotch Whiskies in the world, Chivas Regal. As well as the industry giants Chivas Regal having been born in Aberdeen, the independent bottlers William Cadenhead Ltd was founded in 1842 and was in the ownership of the same family until it was taken over by the well-known Campbeltown firm of J & A Mitchell & Co. Ltd who own Springbank Distillery. The home of Cadenhead’s was in the Netherkirkgate area of Aberdeen and operated there for 130 years of their trading. Ardent Spirits is a company full of whisky geeks that aim to breath some fresh air into the industry and looks to revitalise Aberdeen’s strong whisky heritage as well as represent the local Aberdeen community. Aberdeen is home to some of the most revered academic establishments as well as hosts of the only street art festival in Scotland. Ali Baxter says that “The whisky industry can seem like a very serious and daunting place at times, we want to create a brand in which everyone is welcome, and we can have a laugh. Let’s make whisky fun again!” Much like the city of Aberdeen itself, Ardent Spirits looks to tie the traditional with the modern and add a fresh new perspective on the industry. Ardent will be releasing their inaugural bottling later on this year, a 2012 Caol Ila matured in Pedro Ximénez sherry, which combines the aromatic smokiness of the Islay spirit with the rich sweetness of the PX sherry cask. To receive more information, please visit

Alistair Baxter, Brand Director of Ardent Spirits, discusses the opportunities surrounding whisky investment – why it’s appealing to buy whisky from a distillery rather than a broker, the process of owning a cask and why some people just want to enjoy a bottle from their investment on a special occasion.

What is “Whisky Investment”? Whisky investment covers a wide range of products within the whisky industry. It could be that someone has bought a bottle to save for a rainy day and it has gained value over the years and they look to make a small profit on an auction site. However, it could be more tactical investments such as in casks of whisky, or collections. Whisky is for drinking, so why invest? For years, cars were simply a mode of transportation getting you from A to B, but as interest grows in any sector, so do the avenues for individuals and businesses to look to make a career out of their passion. Can you actually make money investing in whisky? There is an element of risk with any investment. However, the folks over at ‘Rare Whisky 101’ have data showing the incredible rise the whisky bottle market has seen over the last decade.

I have read some big claims, it seems too good to be true? We would always recommend doing due diligence. There are some fantastic Whisky Brokers out there! However, being a distillery, it is easier for us to show you first hand our process, as well as sitting down and chatting through any concerns face-to-face. I have always wanted to buy a cask of Whisky, does it have to be an investment? Of course not! Your cask of whisky is yours to enjoy. That may be for bottling for a significant anniversary, or to enjoy with family and friends.

CURIOUS DISPOSITION Ingredients: Tequila | Aperol | Blood Orange | Rose Wine & Coriander Flavour Profile: Bitter & Fresh A slightly bitter but refreshing cocktail with strong hits of orange throughout. A great and playful twist on the classic Margarita and Aperol Spritz .


Summer brings with it an abundance of wonderful produce, all ripe for the picking, and delicious for eating. Soft fruits, including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cherries, green vegetables such as runner beans and broad beans, root vegetables including beetroot and carrots are all at their peak right now. Get the blender out and get creative. Smoothies are a great way to hide lots of fruit and vegetables into a delicious, thick and tasty drink. Berries, Greek yoghurt and your choice of milk, is a quick wake up breakfast option. Add in some beetroot for an extra splash of colour. Kids enjoy helping by blitzing everything up.

Eat on the Green’s Craig Wilson’s got some ideas for making sure kids get their five a day, without realising it.

Alternatively, carrots and orange juice go perfectly together, add a pinch of fresh ginger for a touch of heat (if they like things with a kick!). If they’re not looking, sneak in some green vegetables like spinach, broccoli and celery and add a banana and coconut milk for a fresh ‘Hulk smoothie’. You could even throw in a few super fresh mangetout peas - they taste amazing blended up. We all have too much food waste, but you can save any leftover smoothie mix by pouring it into ice lolly moulds and popping them in the freezer. Healthy ice-lollies are a great way to cool down on a hot day!


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espite a history stretching back over 150 years, The Royal Northern & University Club is a very forward looking organisation, with superb facilities and a familiar camaraderie. Members are a lively, entertaining group of people from all walks of life. There are Members in their twenties and women have been admitted to membership since 2017. Many of today's Members are actively involved in local, national and international affairs. It’s a place where you will instantly feel like you belong, with a true sense of companionship that’s increasingly valuable in an online world. There are over fifteen club groups with interests ranging from cherished

cars to film and theatre and gardening to golf and a full-sized snooker table available to Members. The club is known for the excellence of its food, from hearty breakfasts to traditional dinners, fine dining and inventive vegetarian options. There are conference and meeting facilities available to hire and ten bedrooms offering superb accommodation. The club also has reciprocal arrangements with over 130 other clubs, from Helsinki to New Zealand, not to mention many of the fabulous London clubs, meaning you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Membership is by nomination and open to those over 21. The Club has

two main categories of Membership: Ordinary and Country. Eligibility for Country Membership which has a lower subscription rate, is available for Members when their residential and business address are outwith a 50 mile radius of Aberdeen. Junior Membership for those between the ages of 21 and 30, and Associate Membership are also available. For further information about membership or the facilities the Club has to offer, please contact Aidan McAleese, Club Secretary on 01224 583292, or 9 Albyn Place AB10 1YE

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Conjuring up creativity in the workplace vor Smith and Jeff Burns of Fifth Dimension have used magic as a visual aid to engage, energise, educate and entertain audiences at business presentations, training workshops and as a promotional tool for companies since they set up in business in 1999.


They also use magic to help companies unleash their creativity which is at the heart of any successful company. Creativity offers a competitive edge, driving innovation and bringing bottom line benefits. However sometimes it takes a little magic to set it free. Entertainment and magic have a serious role to play in the world of work. Using these mediums Fifth Dimension have created services that ensure safety presentations, team development workshops, exhibitions and client events are not forgotten as soon as they are over. Ivor Smith explained, ‘It’s a theatrical art, but the sense of immediacy

and suspense can captivate an audience in a way that other types of communication simply cannot replicate when it comes to getting the message across. Magic is guaranteed to provide a real talking point, an immediate ice-breaker when bringing people who don’t know each other well together. Creativity flows when everyone is relaxed and feels comfortable with one another’. Jeff Burns added, ‘Magic is an interactive art, requiring input from the audience. The kinaesthetic element to magic helps to make it an effective memory tool. Our magic is customised to ensure that

the company’s key messages are central to the presentation. Magic is the ‘X factor’ that differentiates us from our competition’. By using magic as a visual aid, Fifth Dimension offers a range of unique, online and in person bespoke services that offer engaging, entertaining, effective learning and entertainment across a spectrum of industry sectors throughout the world’. Every business needs some magic.



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Kirsty McLean shares how to bring colour into your garden…


ecently, I was asked if formal borders still had a place in the garden. I’d say that the concept of a border has certainly changed. A succession of adventurous garden designers have pushed the boundaries and taken us from rectangular lawns with landing strip paths and borders adorned with regimental rows of highly-coloured annuals to the antithesis of this in wild flower meadows and prairie style planting. I think for most city or suburban gardens however, the border will always survive

as it’s such a great way of packing a lot of colour and interest into a relatively small space. Colour is a huge element when it comes to planning and the enjoyment of the garden but colour in isn’t necessarily restricted to plants. It can also come from paving, walling, furniture, planters, structures, fences and can be used to create mood, stimulation, focal points, temperature and style. Understanding colour and how to use it gives you control and helps you to achieve whatever effect you desire. By understanding the colour wheel and the relationship between colours this can provide helpful direction when choosing planting schemes. Green and different shades of green can produce a very calming effect, throw in whites and creams to contrast against this and you create a sophisticated, cool feel that can be pulled toward an


informal design when used with flowing shapes of borders or give a contemporary look where the structure of the design is more geometric. One of my favourite combinations is a beautifully clipped Prunus Lusitanica hedge or pleached Hornbeam trees as a back drop, underplanted with a solid planting of Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ edged with clipped box. If you want to create a subtle introduction of colour within this scheme, then add Alliums and Agapanthus through the border to create a fresh look. Pastel colours evoke a peaceful, soft feel that creates a relaxing atmosphere. Combining soft tones of pinks, purples, blues, creams and greens can’t help but take you to a country cottage garden feel. If you add a strong evergreen structure such as clipped yew or box to edge then you can create something more contemporary. The position of the border – in sun or shade - will dictate the choices of plants.

If you have a sunny border then consider the following combinations: Back of border: Lavatera, Thalictrum delavayi, dwarf Delphiniums, Hollyhocks, Campanula glomerata Superba, Phlox paniculata Middle of border: Eryngium ‘Blue Hobbit’, Anemone huphensis, Salvia x superba, Salvia Nemorosa, Monarda, Astrantias, Penstemons Front of border: Stachys Byzantina, Geranium Rozanne, Sedum Spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’, Origanum Vulgare, Nepeta ‘Walkers Low’, Dianthus deltoides, Thymus x citriodorus, Saxifragas It’s best to plant in groups using odd numbers. A group of three or five plants, looks better than four or six. Borders that have fewer varieties of plants, but bigger planting groups can be more impactful that lots of single plants.

Where colour is concerned, the same general rules can apply to shrubs and trees, where you will create colour through their leaf or blooms. Mixed borders are also very successful where you create a ‘back-bone’ of shrubs with a healthy percentage of evergreen’s and fill in the spaces with perennials and edging plants. The main thing to remember when you are looking at colour is that bright colours can draw attention and make spaces seem smaller, dark colours tend to make areas look larger than they are. But don’t be afraid to break the ‘rules’ and just do what you feel good about. As long as you do it with confidence, it will look fabulous!

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What to do


oray is great for antique hunting, with sizeable selections at Auldearn near Nairn and in Cullen. It’s also home to some of Scotland’s best distilleries and many have visitors’ centres and tasting tours. There’s even a Malt Whisky Trail. If you’d prefer to stay sober, then there are some great walks and hiking routes throughout the region. The disused railway line from Hopeman to Burghead makes for a pleasant afternoon stroll, while the Cairngorms offer a heaven for Munro baggers, walkers, climbers and mountain bikers. If you prefer four wheels to two and don’t mind unknotting your hair afterwards, try hiring a Caterham from Highland Caterham Hire. Alternatively, the Moray Motor Museum may provide a more sedate automotive treat.

off-road experiences to canyoning, kart racing, a steam train and river rafting. The Highland Wildlife Park is around 8 miles south of the village or you could arrange a visit to see the reindeer at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre.

Where to stay This year, it may be a case of taking whatever you can find that offers availability. If you’re looking for a high-end stay, Nairn’s Boath House offers luxury accommodation, excellent dining and a great spa. There are a host of glamping options and rental cottages that will suit families.

Where to eat

You can’t really have a seaside holiday without eating fish and chips out of the paper while you watch the waves and duck the seagulls, so head to Portknockie Fish and Chip Shop, which locals MORAY reckon to be the best.

Moray also has its fair share of IT MIGHT JUST destination shopping, including If you take a trip on the Keith BE WHAT Deskford Galleries and Gardens to Dufftown Railway’s heritage YOU'RE near Cullen, Logie Steading and trains or you’re exploring the local Brodie Countryfare. You’ll find LOOKING FOR distilleries, then the converted Walker’s Shortbread in Aberlour, railway carriages of the Sidings a pretty village that’s home to a Café at Dufftown Station make a Victorian orphanage, some superb great lunch or afternoon tea stop. fly fishing, the UK’s oldest working woollen mill Dufftown is also home to The Seven Stills, which and a distillery. has a great reputation for gourmet pub food. Think a French-tinged approach using the best The coast is dotted with excellent beaches. Try local seasonal ingredients. Nairn, Lossiemouth or the spiritual mecca of Findhorn for a bit of beachcombing or dolphin Cullen’s Rockpool Café offers a legendary Cullen spotting. You can also visit the WDC Dolphin Skink and superb fish dishes and substantial Centre to find out more about whale and salads. Good cakes too, but there’s the option of dolphin conservation. heading over to the Ice Cream Shop which offers amazing ice cream treats and a huge selection of Elgin offers the chance to potter round the ruins of old-fashioned confectionary. the cathedral and pop into cashmere specialists Johnston’s of Elgin factory shop or visit Gordon If you prefer something healthier, then head & MacPhail’s Whisky Shop. to Manna in Elgin. You’ll find it tucked away on Batchen Street, but worth seeking out for If you fancy an action-oriented day trip, then delicious juices and healthy choices including Aviemore is close by. There’s a large activity veggie and vegan meals. centre and companies offering everything from


The Esslemont Bar & Restaurant Restaurant Manager Neil Davidson offers a peek behind the scenes at The Esslemont…


’ve been at the Esslemont since we opened in August 2019, first as Bar Manager, then as Restaurant Manager since the start of 2020. We had only been open for 6 months before the first lockdown hit. This was followed by a series of reopening and closing again as the pandemic really took hold. Hopefully with things slowly getting back to normal we will get the opportunity to properly establish ourselves as one of the best places to eat and drink in Aberdeen. We’re in the former Esslemont & Macintosh building on Union Street. The department store was always the first port of call for Aberdonian shoppers since it opened in 1873. After lying empty for many years, it was transformed into a stylish bar and restaurant. The interior design pays tribute to its history with small touches such as display cabinets containing dress makers chalk and old Aberdeen school ties. Like many locals, I can remember being dragged to E&M to buy my school uniforms! I have been in the hospitality industry for over 25 years, working in many of the city’s hostelries in various positions over those years. I joined The McGinty’s Group in 2015 and was previously bar manager at No10 Bar and Restaurant before moving to The Esslemont. We aim to provide our guests with a relaxed dining experience, with great food in comfortable and stylish surroundings. As with all our venues across The McGinty’s Group, a huge focus is placed on customer service. Customer feedback has been excellent since re-opening post lockdown. We’re all so glad to be back. The seemingly endless weeks stuck at home are hopefully


behind us all now. When I get time away from work I’m a keen, but terrible, golfer. I also do a bit of football coaching with one of the youth teams at Banks O’ Dee Football Club and have been trying to work through my coaching badges. We provide a little bit of something for everyone at The Esslemont. You can opt for lunch or brunch with 2 courses for £15 including the ever popular Eggs Benedict or Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles or splash out a little more in the evening or weekend with a 16oz Chateaubriand for two, the choice is yours. We have our Sunday Roast menu that I think is the best roast in town. We also have a separate vegan menu, gluten free menu and of course a menu for the little ones too. Our talented kitchen team have created a varied menu using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Our current menu includes a classic, Johnshaven sourced, lobster thermidor and my personal favourite, the roast pork fillet, wrapped in bacon and served with soft black pudding, sauteed potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli and a toffee apple jus. The bar at the Esslemont has a beautifully styled and imposing back bar creating the perfect space to stay and enjoy a drink or two. Our skilled bar team create their seasonal cocktail menus. It can be difficult to get the right balance between being a restaurant and being a bar but luckily I was able to draw on the experience of working at No10 Bar and Restaurant which has a very similar set up. Some of our team work in both the restaurant and the bar, so they can provide great table service in the restaurant but they can also knock up a mean cocktail!




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