8 Best Things to do in Tobermory, Mull (Scotland)

mull scotland sea and rowan berries

Mull, the second-largest island in the Inner Hebrides, is the stuff of romantic fantasies. Its mountainous core, dominated by the 3,196-foot peak of Ben More, is encircled by 300 miles of coastline, with blinding white sandy coves lapped by emerald waves. It is a wildly beautiful place. Even if you don’t have a car, Mull […]

Virgin Trains (Avanti West Coast) First Class Review: Is It Worth It? (2022 Update)


December 2021 Update: When I travelled between London and Glasgow in September 2019, the service was operated by Virgin Trains. This franchise was taken over by Avanti West Coast on 8th December 2019. During the coronavirus pandemic, the first-class service may be scaled down and therefore not as described in this article. To avoid disappointment, […]

14 Amazing Things to Do in Oban, Scotland in Two Days

gull flying over oban harbour

Oban in Scotland’s Western Highlands is a special place and one that slowly, almost imperceptibly, cast its spell on me. Prepared to be seduced by this harbour town with this pick of the best things to do in Oban. At the end of this article, you’ll find recommendations for places to eat and where to stay […]

Oban Distillery Tour: 7 Things I Learnt About Whisky


There was a collective intake of breath as ‘Magic Mike’, our Oban Distillery tour guide, prepared to share his three cardinal rules for judging the quality of Scotch whisky.  “First, it needs to be in my hand. Second, it needs to taste good.”  As he paused for dramatic effect, we leaned in closer. “Finally, the third and most […]