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Fife wedding styled by Dunfermline artist

This Fife wedding was styled by Dunfermline artist, Claire Christie for the McGregor family from Cupar. Relatives of the couple hosted the wedding on their private working farm outside Auchtermuchty with 3 barns providing the venue for the reception, the bar and the service. Their brief to Claire was for a traditional Scottish country barn wedding using items found on the farm and making interesting props with the salvaged materials

Kinghorn Town Hall now a unique holiday apartment

Fife Historic Buildings Trust completed the restoration of the castellated and B-listed Kinghorn Town Hall in 2009. This magnificent building dominates the approach into the coastal town and the upper floors now house a holiday apartment which sleeps five to six people. The first floor of the holiday apartment includes a living/dining area with three floor-to-ceiling south-facing windows and two original fireplaces. There is a well-equipped kitchen off this room. On

The beautiful Ardbeg Distillery, Islay

If you happen to be on the island of Islay check out the Ardbeg Distillery. Like many of the other whisky producers on the island, Ardbeg is housed in the immaculately restored white distillery buildings with the distinctive black roofs. The larger whisky distilleries are to Islay what the grand bank buildings used to be for the mainland – beautiful and impressive landmark buildings which have received significant investment. No

A place to stay on Loch Tay; beautiful boathouses

A stay on Loch Tay looks tempting in these two boathouses called Otter (pictured first) and Dipper. The owners will take you down the track to the Boathouses in their 4×4 so no need to worry about your suspension. There’s a generator for electricity that powers home comforts such as underfloor heating in the bathroom.  There were no prices listed at www.lochtay.co.uk/ Dipper Boathouse (pictured below)

Shelters, an exhibition at Kirkcaldy Galleries

A Festival of Architecture 2016 exhibition which has recently opened at Kirkcaldy Galleries, Fife, is curated by Bobby Niven of The Bothy Project. Shelters, explores themes of shelter, off-grid living and self-build construction through both Scottish and international examples – some of the international examples reference Lloyd Kahn’s Shelter Publications. The exhibition runs 5 March to 5 June. Lloyd Kahn will be in Fife on Tuesday 10 May to give

Ecopod to rent with beautiful views of Loch Linhe & Castle Stalker, Argyll

With fantastic views over Loch Linnhe and Castle Stalker in Argyll these 70 square metre Ecopods are available to rent. Both have log burning stoves and Japanese cedar wood hot tubs on the decking. The Ecopods, which are from Berlin, were chosen by the couple, Joe and Nicola, who run the holiday accommodation because they leave no permanent footprint on the landscape.  If you stay in the summer you’ll be

Local Christmas shopping guide #4: home and hearth

For many people, a gift for the home is the best type of Christmas present and luckily there are lots of interesting homewares made and sold locally that may just fit the bill. C20 Home is a fantastic new showroom in Dunfermline where collector David Walker sells mid-century classic furniture and home accessories including this gorgeous 1950s Finnish carafe and glass set, 1960s Lotus Pottery bulls, elegant white 1950s china

Local Christmas Shopping Guide #2: art and craft

Unless you’re buying for Alex Salmond, it’s too late to commission a full size portrait of your loved one for this Christmas but all of the artists and makers featured here offer commissions and vouchers for their work which would make an exciting start to 2016 for anyone lucky enough to receive one. Pictured above is a typically vivid piece by celebrated illustrator Jill Calder. Calder is based in Cellardyke

Miniature Film Set Museum, Lyon

Before CGI was commonly used for movies, models of film sets were painstakingly created by hand and some of the sets were in miniature. Dan Ohlman, a former cabinet-maker of 15 years, opened the Palais de la Miniature in Lyon, France to display the miniature movie sets and other works by miniature artists.

Not all creatives are artists

Artists, more often than not, get the credit for bringing creativity to a neighbourhood. Rarely do hairdressers get acknowledged for their creative input to high streets up and down the country. In Dunfermline, Fife, Craig Hutchison has been particularly resourceful in shaping the interior of the shop that he shares with colourist, Clair Karran. Where ever possible he has tried to use local artists, tradespeople and suppliers at Vollood Hair and