Day trips

Enchanted Forest celebrates a shimmering 15th show

  Enchanted Forest celebrates a shimmering 15th show The 15th annual Enchanted Forest launched tonight in a shimmer of light, original music and some of the country’s top creative talent. A select audience of press and VIPs gathered in Faskally Wood, Pitlochry for the opening of what is now a must-see on the UK’s tourist […]

By Dave Stewart

Borders Railway route opens to the world

  It was a railway that transformed the Scottish Borders into a globally renowned centre for wool and textile manufacture. Now, 46 years and 8 months to the day since the ‘Waverley Route’ closed, (January 6 1969) scheduled services are set to begin on the new Borders Railway on September 6th 2015. The Borders Railway […]

Stunning scenery on the journey

DAYTRIP – Seacliff beach, East Lothian

Seacliff beach lies four miles east of North Berwick. It is a private beach, but cars are allowed entry through the coin-operated barrier (£2). As soon as you drive down to the main car park, you are met with panoramic views of the Forth and over to the Bass Rock. We took the mini-spotlight members […]

Wonderful views

PHOTOWALK – Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

A walk up and around Arthur’s Seat is one of the best free things you can do in Edinburgh   We love Arthur’s Seat and have previously written about  a walk around the extinct volcano and also when it has been covered in snow. Although we regularly walk the circuit around Arthur’s Seat, we decided that in […]


PHOTOWALK – A walk up the Pentlands from Swanston Village

We love the Pentlands Hills Regional park and after the snow yesterday, we headed up a very cold Swanston track to get some wonderful views of Edinburgh. You can download a map of the Pentlands and plan your route according to your fitness. We parked at the free car park beside the Swanston Golf Club […]

DAY TRIP – Dirleton Castle and Gardens, East Lothian


A trip to Direlton Castle in East Lothian We headed down to East Lothian recently to pay a visit to Dirleton Castle in the beautiful village of Dirleton.  The castle is set in wonderful gardens which are beautiful to enjoy and are worth a visit in their own right. We used our Historic Scotland membership […]

REVIEW – The Edinburgh Pass

Edinburgh Spotlight tests out the Edinburgh Pass The Edinburgh Pass is the top tourist attraction pass for those visiting Edinburgh. We thought we would use our local knowledge and give a shot at cramming in as much as possible to get value for money.         You can buy the pass online, at one of the various Visit Scotland Tourist […]

REVIEW – Hopetoun House, South Queensferry


Hopetoun House is a grand estate set on the outskirts of Edinburgh.  The 6,500 acres of land is glorious at any time of the year, but extra special when the sun is shining. You can visit the house and gardens, or just the gardens to enjoy one of the nature walks.  The House is open […]

DAYTRIP – A climb up Berwick Law, North Berwick

We do love to be beside the seaside and a trip to North Berwick beckoned over the long Easter weekend.  It’s a beautiful town with several attractions and beaches worth visiting, but the purpose of this visit, was to climb to the top of Berwick Law which stands at a modest height of 187m/615ft Blessed with […]

DAYTRIP – Culross

Across the water for a day in Culross As much as we love Edinburgh, it’s always nice to escape the city boundaries and explore nearby towns and villages. Our chosen destination for the day was Culross, a former royal burgh in Fife.  Haar prevented us enjoying the Firth of Forth views that you can normally experience, but […]