How Many Towns in Scotland?

The answer to how many towns in Scotland depends on definitions. One authority says Scotland has 59 towns – this according to a 2019 report by a famous university in England. The same report also states that Scotland has three cities. As this city figure has been arrived at by deciding that a town is…

What do you want from your Scottish holiday?

So, the ghastly 2020 and the little-better 2021 is behind us and tourism and hospitality might return to a new normal. If so, then these thoughts from a year or two ago may still apply to a Scottish holiday. Consider this scenario. It used to happen most years back then, when Johanna guided private clients,…

The Hype of the Northern Lights in Scotland

“The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen mean home sweet home to me…the Northern Lights of Aberdeen are what I long to see…” Ah yes, dripping with nostalgia, that snatch of the song ‘The Northern Lights’ is entirely appropriate for the phenomenon itself. Why? Well, the composer, Mary Webb, was from Leamington Spa, England, and had…

Attack of the Killer Midges

OK, in the title, I exaggerate, but only slightly. If you read our midges in Scotland page, you might detect the faintest hint of ‘Och, what’s all the fuss about?’ Sure, Scottish midges never killed anyone – but, yes, they can be a bit of an irritation. However, after our experience one year during a hot…

Sunday afternoon in Glasgow

While visiting the family, resident in Glasgow, three generations of us, including small grand-child, went to try out the Platform at Argyle Street Arches in the city. This complex is housed in the arched substructures supporting the railway station above. You enter directly off the Hielandman’s Umbrella. That is the name of the bridge over…