A taste of luxury with the family in tow at Gleneagles

April 16, 2018

Luxury hotels can easily lose their allure once children come along. Champagne in dreamy-looking rooms, state-of-the-art spas offering the ultimate in escapism, those lingering all-evening fine-dining experiences, well-stocked bars and cosy corners to unwind in all seem a waste when you’re running around after little ones who are bored senseless or splitting the childcare in a bid to steal some solo time.


UK Drive: Renault’s disappointing Scenic update falls wide of the mark

January 23, 2018

What is it? The Scenic nameplate first appeared on a Megane-based mini-MPV back in 1996. Since then, it’s gone through three model generations, finally landing on this 2018 model. But the times have shifted, and so Renault can’t simply keep producing a better version of its original MPV design – family buyers of today want their cars to be more practical, stylish and safe than ever. Most crucially for Renault, they also don’t really want an MPV – they’d rather a rugged SUV instead. So, even for Renault (whos name has been synonymous with the people-carrier since the Espace of 1984), attracting buyers to the Scenic is tricky.

Food and Drink

Banchory Lodge Hotel: A dining room with a special view

October 16, 2017

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.