What do you want from your Scottish holiday?

Let’s assume that the year 2020 is behind us and tourism and hospitality could 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, often from…

The St Columba Brand

You know how Scottish tourism promotion is all about marketing these days? Well, it used to be about information provision. The industry used to have information experts who actually knew something about the product. That’s old hat now and tourism is all about slick promotion. (Oh, wait, except for this website, obviously.) Still with me?…

Birds of Prey Shows – performance without dignity

Here’s a faraway glimpse of a barn owl. When I saw it in the half-light of a winter afternoon in this Perthshire glen I thought for a fraction of a second I was looking at a snowy owl. No, just a barn owl – but equally inspiring. That weird specialism, all that hovering in the…

That Border Terrier in Scotland – an update

In 2014 a life-changing event occurred. We were taken on full-time by a Border terrier. I wrote a blog back then about his arrival. It’s time for an update. Rupee the dog originally arrived as a refugee from my daughter’s household – personality clash with his brother, acquired at the same time. He even answered…

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…