Europe

A series of short walks in Scotland

July 8, 2019 Jack 0

A short route recommended by the folk at our hotel, the 15th century Knipoch, took us along a grassy path lined by bushy confers and moss-covered drystane dykes to an open hillock surrounded by crispy bracken and a tartan coloured vista which took in slender Loch Feochan, Mull, Islay, and a rolling landscape which had me wishing I was wearing my kilt. […]

Bute

Relax and refresh by escaping to Scotland

March 18, 2019 Jack 0

It’s a comfort blanket; a sense of feeling relaxed, being amongst kin and of escaping to a world scripted by Bill Forsyth with hints of Irvine Welsh thrown in to add that essential realistic grit. […]

Food and drink

What’s wrong with a vegan sausage roll?

January 10, 2019 Jack 0

Does the idea of British bakery Greggs launching a vegan sausage roll incense or make sense? If the answer is the former, the big question is why? What’s your (I apologise in advance for this) beef? […]

La Palma

Scenes from the water’s edge

January 6, 2019 Jack 0

As the wintery sun yawns and slips towards the duvet of the horizon there’s a mini pilgrimage in Alcochete on the southern banks of the Tagus. The place of worship is Alcach, a bar with jazzy sounds and chairs facing west. […]

Europe

Poets and palate-pleasers in Sanquhar

December 10, 2018 Jack 0

Visiting a lead mining museum (entrance £12.50) would not have made it on to our ‘things to do’ list. What a treat we would have missed. For a start, Wanlockhead near the head of the Mennock Pass is Scotland’s highest village… […]

Gastro-hike Destinations

Scotland Is One Of The UK’s Top Gastro-Hike Destinations

November 12, 2018 Andy 0

With the food expectations bar set at a romantically reminiscent high, and walking expectations right up there with it, it was fitting that some thirty years after first awakening our taste buds, Scotland should receive pride of place as our first UK gastro-hiking destination […]