Inverness and the Highlands

Ardnamurchan distillery makes it on to world’s hottest new attractions for 2015

Lonely Planet has included an Ardnamurchan distillery as one of the world’s hottest new attractions for 2015. Adelphi Whisky, based in Charlestown, Fife is delighted that their new distillery which is on the shores of Loch Sunart in the Western Highlands achieved a place on the much-coveted list.  In Autumn 2013 Avocado Sweet featured Adelphi when Prince Albert of Monaco,  the company’s most famous customer, along with Princess Charlene, planted a tree

The unlikely partnership of Primark and Harris Tweed

Perhaps not a fashion collaboration you would have predicted but Primark is selling Harris Tweed jackets and waistcoats. Waistcoats are £30 and jackets are £80. All products have the wonderful Harris Tweed label – surely one of the best brand identities and not a branding agency in sight. The Hebridean fabric has a history of bringing beauty to many products over the years – Vans (shoes), Urban Ears (headphones) and

Plans to restore Coco Chanel’s highland retreat approved

Back in 2012 we ran a feature about proposals to turns the highland retreat shared by Coco Chanel and Hugh Grosvenor, the 2nd Duke of Westminster into a chic boutique hotel: those plans have now been approved by Highland Council. Empty for more than 60 years, Rosehall Estate near Lairg in Sutherland, will now be fully restored under a project to be managed by Bell Ingram Design. The 20 room Georgian mansion

Balintore Castle: restoration romance and a message from beyond the grave

Balintore Castle near Kirriemuir in Angus – a little fixer upper taken on by David Johnston. The Baronial style castle is A listed and was designed by architect William Burn. Built in 1860, it was abondoned to dry rot in the 1960s and lay empty until 2007. Now Johnston is painstakingly returning the building to its former Victorian splendour and detailing the process in his fascinating blog. David explains his motivation for embarking

The Birks – a state-of-the-art ‘Cinema Paradiso’ for Aberfeldy

Did Sir Norman Foster get as much pleasure from designing The Gherkin as architect Robin Baker did from designing Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy? It seems unlikely. ‘It’s been such a privilege to work on this project and now that it’s finished it will feel like a bereavement. For the past 18 months it’s been my life.’ But Robin, who lives in Aberfeldy, will soon be able to watch movies at