Growing up in Dornoch many years ago, going out for dinner was a real treat.
places to eat
After a chilly autumn walk at Crathes Castle, some food was in order to warm us up.
The Station Hotel in Rothes has a long and varied history, dating back as far as 1899.
When I was a student living on Rosemount Place, I’d often pop into the Co-Op up the road for a tin of beans and a loaf of bread – the staple diet of any self-respecting young scholar.
I love Italian food, and like to think I can tell the difference between a good Italian meal (Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como – delizioso) and a bad one (Rome Ciampino Airport – disgustoso).
In the future, if anyone asks: “What’s the poshest thing you’ve done in your career?”, I’ll be able to tell them in a flash.
They serve a large slice of heritage at The Esslemont, and very tasty it is, too.
Rain lashed down, pelting our roof like hailstones on concrete. The wind was no better, howling like a pack of wolves galloping through the sand dunes behind us.
I’m suffering from a serious case of hanging-basket envy.
There is a man in Bangladesh who must wonder from time to time what became of his old rickshaw, which used to lurch around the streets of capital Dhaka to earn a crust.
It was the penultimate night of the school summer holidays and we decided to take the kids out for one last hurrah.
In Admiral Lord Nelson’s Navy, a captain was not only judged on his fighting ability in savage sea battles of the time, but also on how good a table he kept.
When the sun shines and the clouds part, nowhere on Earth comes close to matching the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands.
Figment hasn’t even been open a year yet and already won Best of Aberdeen at the Scottish Cafe Awards.
For years, each time I’ve driven along the A9 past Pitlochry, the sight of the grand Atholl Palace Hotel standing high above the town has made me utter the following sentence:
Nature laid on a perfect feast for our journey from Aberdeen to Douneside House on Royal Deeside for dinner in a former country mansion.
We had hired a cosy cottage overlooking glorious Staffin beach with the intention of discovering some of the beautiful walks in and around Skye.
I have a new favourite beauty spot in the north-east. I’d heard people speak very highly of Newburgh beach but despite having lived in Aberdeen for the best part of 20 years, I had never been.
I fell in love with Findhorn Bay in Moray on my very first visit many years ago.
All roads seemed to lead to the sprawling car park at Mains of Balquharn just to the south of Aberdeen at Portlethen.
As a fully-laden snowplough drove past outside, I couldn’t help but feel thankful that I was warm and cosy inside and tucking into delicious comforting food.
Sitting half way along a quiet country road between Beauly and Cannich, the Cnoc Hotel, just outside the tiny hamlet of Struy, doesn’t get a lot of passing trade.
Turriff, or as the locals would say, “Turra”, is an old market town famous for the “Turra Coo”, red sandstone buildings and the big agricultural show held in August.
We pass by the White Horse Inn in Balmedie almost every weekend. The golden sands of Balmedie Beach is our cocker spaniel Olly’s favourite walk and he just loves chasing rabbits around the dunes – he never catches any, in case anyone is worried!
Taking in more than 500 miles of breathtaking scenery, the North Coast 500, a route dubbed Scotland’s answer to America’s Route 66, has been a runaway success.
Bienevenidos (welcome) to Topolabamba, the newest eatery to open on Union Street in Aberdeen.
Our first child moved to Edinburgh a few years ago to attend university, and now our son has decided to follow in her footsteps and leave the family home and join her in our capital city.
While driving my young son to yet another children’s football festival in Banchory recently, I passed a sign for the Banchory Lodge Hotel and decided I’d treat the family to lunch there after we had negotiated the couple of hours of action at the King George V Park.
I must have passed the sign for the Carnegie Lodge Hotel dozens of times over the years, and each time thought, I wonder what that place is like?
It was good news and bad news for an island’s top eateries when Michelin announced its coveted food award stars for 2018.
You can tell you are getting old when you start getting wedding invites as friends of the parents rather than friends of the bride or groom.
Bieldside Inn has a lot on its plate: it sits in a prime position on the west side of Aberdeen along a main tourist route to Royal Deeside and luxuriates in a desirable location once described as one of the wealthiest in Scotland – and teeming with millionaires.