Inverness and the Highlands

Cool cottage to rent on Isle of Skye

It’s hard to imagine being anything but cheery in this colourful 50s style interior designed by owner and expert furniture upcycler, Emma White.  This two-bedroomed cottage is available to rent on the Isle of Skye and is in the village of Carbost which has a local pub, The Old Inn, a shop and the famous Talisker whisky distillery . There’s a small gate at the bottom of the garden leads directly

Stunning photos of the Outer Hebrides

French photojournalist, Laetitia Vancon took these stunning photos of the Outer Herbrides because she wanted to record the lives of young people living there and their relationship to the place where they live.  She started taking pictures for ‘At the End of the Day’ in January 2016 and the subjects featured are between the ages of 18 and 35. She writes: ‘The first tableau of this series seeks to reconcile the

Stylish accommodation at Tinhouse, Isle of Skye

Tinhouse is a unique holiday cottage for two, located  in North West Skye. Designed, self-built and managed by the two of the directors of Skye-based Rural Design Architects, Alan Dickson and Gill Smith, the house was featured on Grand Designs. Prices range from £795 for a week in winter to £1045 for a week in summer.    

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

Dragon’s Tooth Pods, Ballachulish, near Fort William

No room for domestic strife in these small but perfectly formed pods at Dragon’s Tooth, Ballachulish near Fort William. Recommended by one of our readers who stayed there earlier this week, these pods have their own verandahs and hot tubs and are close to the 9 hole golf course. As well as golf there are other activities on site such as segway and bike tours. Speed boat and power boat

John O’Groats, more than a signpost

It was a long way to travel to get a photo of a signpost. However, these days visitors to John O’Groats are less likely to turn on their heel disappointed at travelling all that way just for some signage. Thanks to Natural Retreats, who worked with Scottish architects GLM and Manchester interior design company, No Chintz, there is self-catering accommodation, a shop and co-operative cafe.  Admirably, Natural Retreats decided to keep

Scottish shed shortlisted for Shed of the Year!

A shed in the grounds of Inshriach House, near Aviemore has been shortlisted for Shed of the Year 2015. You can vote for the Scottish contender on the readers sheds website. George Clarke will be introducing the finalists on his TV series and announcing the winner on  Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year, airing on Channel 4 in June. Walter Micklethwait, who runs Inshriach House, built the shed with help from his girlfriend

Gordon Castle; gin, jam and glorious gardens

At over eight acres Gordon Castle’s walled garden in Fochabers, near Elgin, is one of the largest and oldest walled gardens in Scotland. Owners Angus Gordon Lennox and his wife Zara have commissioned award-winning garden designer, Arne Maynard to recapture the former beauty of the garden and create a major visitor attraction in the north east of Scotland. The plans, pictured above, certainly show an elegant and handsome garden for