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Portland: The Maine attraction

© Courtesy VisitPortland.com/GPCVB+Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld America is so vast, you can spend a lifetime exploring and still never stumble upon some of the country’s best destinations. Fortunately for me, it only took me forty years to discover Portland, Maine. Just a two-hour bus ride from Boston, Portland’s charm lies in the seamless union between historic seaside village…

Dounside house

Steps into the spotlight Douneside House, the luxury boutique hotel on Deeside, has just been honoured as the AA’s Hotel of the Year (Scotland) 2017-2018. It’s a remarkable achievement for the hotel, which only opened last year. Douneside’s Marcel Wassen explained, ‘We’re absolutely delighted to be awarded the AA’s Hotel of the Year (Scotland) 2017-2018. …

Take a trot round the Trossachs

Scotland is a pretty small country, though we manage to pack in almost as much in the way of scenery as we do in unpredictable weather. Yet, whether we’re visitors or have lived here all our lives, many of us have never seen much of our own country. Beyond the cities lies a mysterious mix…

Take a trot round the Trossachs

Scotland is a pretty small country, though we manage to pack in almost as much in the way of scenery as we do in unpredictable weather. Yet, whether we’re visitors or have lived here all our lives, many of us have never seen much of our own country. Beyond the cities lies a mysterious mix…

A trip to remember…

Where can you find one of the world’s great driving roads, discover deserted beaches, ancient castles, spectacular scenery, sample freshly caught seafood and spot the wildest of wildlife? The answer is almost on our own doorsteps, with the North Coast 500 route. It’s easy to forget we have some of the most impressive landscapes, food…

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