Overnight Breaks, Travel

Scottish Holiday Ideas

Scottish holiday ideas

Growing up in Scotland, school holidays have historically always started in June and so every year, as June rolls round, invariably my mind wanders to thoughts of holidays, and specifically Scottish holiday ideas, as I love this country of mine!

After many years of holidaying in Scotland I can safely say Scotland has some amazing places to visit, and equally, some amazing places to stay.  I’ve been doing a search of Scottish holiday ideas for future holidays at home, and come up with some amazing eco-friendly Scottish holiday ideas in various parts of Scotland:

Scottish Holiday Ideas

1.  Achiltibuie, Ross and Cromarty


The Brochs of Coigach, at Achiltibuie, about 2 hours west from Inverness, are built externally from almost all recycled materials.  With wood from an old Victorian pier recovered from the sea, still with limpets on it; to the rocks from broken down walls on their land – the Brochs of Coigach has been thoughtfully and carefully constructed to the greatest detail.  You can find out more about it’s construction here – it’s a great read.

Ross and Cromarty is a rambler’s paradise, with lots of stunning walks – from hills, lochs and beaches – and nature a plenty, and make a great Scottish holiday idea.

There are two houses – a one bedroomed, and a three-bedroomed, and come equipped with everything you will need for a fantastic self-catering holiday.  Prices start from £780 a week.

2.  Inshriach, Aviemore

beermoth aviemore

For the second of my Scottish holiday ideas, I’ve found The Beer Moth!  Situated at Inshriach, a secluded estate not far from the Highland hotspot of Aviemore, it is one that appeals to me a lot.  Although isn’t family friendly – strictly couples only!

In a former life it was a fire truck, but it has been transformed into a unique and unforgettable hideaway for two.  Featuring an oak parquet floor rescued from a Tudor mansion, a hearth made from a salvaged snooker table slate, a wall from a doghouse, and stairs fashioned from a fire escape, the Beer Moth is the ultimate is reusing and recycling.

eco-friendly holidays scotland

It certainly looks cosy, and with the addition of a wood burner, you can be sure that you’ll be kept warm.  There’s no electricity, but surely that just adds to the romance?!

It comes complete with a little kitchen, and range cooker, for self-catering:

eco-friendly holiday ideas Scotland

Separate washing facilities are on hand, so you won’t have to forgo a nice hot shower after a day roaming the Highlands!

The Inshriach estate is somewhere I have visited a lot during one of our many holidays in the Highlands, and I can say from experience that it truly is one of the most beautiful areas in Scotland.  There are lots of activities in and around Aviemore for all ages, and fitness levels – whether you want gentle strolls around lochs, a gently cycle on the many cycle paths, or some vigorous climbing or skiing, Aviemore has it all.  On the Inshriach estate, you’ll also find my all-time favourite cake shop, the Potting Shed, which as well as selling the most amazing cake.  It’s also a fantastic spot to sit, drink tea, eat cake, and watch the red squirrels stocking up on nuts from the extensive feeding station that’s been set up outside the Potting Shed.

The Beer Moth costs from £60 a night, and the minimum stay is two nights.

3.  Stirling, Stirlingshire

Bramble Bield Stirling

For the third of my Scottish holiday ideas, try the Gypsy Caravans at Bramble Bield, near the historic city of Stirling.  These are another unusual eco-friendly find.  There are two caravans – one sleeps two if you fancy a romantic break, and the other sleeps four if you fancy a unique family holiday.

Every morning you’ll be delivered breakfast comprising of freshly baked bread, Croissants and Danish Pastries,  jams and eggs from their hens, which sounds like utter luxury.

afternoon tea

Each caravan is adorned with luxury bedding, fairy lights, and tea and coffee-making facilities, as well as a heater. Outdoor tables and chairs are provided at each caravan for long summer drinks, and a communal camp fire allows you to toast marshmallows on starry nights.

In Stirling, you’ll find the stunning Stirling Castle and other sights such as the Wallace Monument, as well as lots of outdoor activities.

Prices start from £60 a night, and again, minimum stay is two nights.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these Scottish holiday ideas!  All I can think is gosh, can I go on holiday now please?!


Children, Families

Recycled Craft Ideas For Kids

recycled craft ideas for kids

recycled craft ideas for kids

It’s half term this week and if you’re running out of things to keep your kids occupied then I’ve got some great, free recycled craft ideas for kids made from the contents of your recycling bin for your kids to tackle.  All the crafts are super fun and great for nursery school aged kids and up (although adult supervision and in some cases, help, is definitely require).

Here are the six craft ideas, shared with me by Ecomarket, an ethical community of like-minded eco-lovers and eco stall-holders selling earth friendly products, for Moral Fibres readers:

1. Tin Can Telephone

tin can telephone kids diy craft

The old favourite.  This one needs a fair bit of help from adults, but is great fun.  Wash out two tin cans (that ideally have been opened with a smooth edge tin can opener to avoid any sharp edges.  Although covering the edge with tape is good too) and use a nail and hammer to make a hole in the bottom. Tie a long bit of string between the two (with the knot on the inside of the can) and start talking.


2. Tin Can Stilts

tin can stilts

Sticking with cans for the moment, they also make great stilts.  Larger tins are best for older kids if you have them, otherwise stick to small cans for littler people. Again, an adult is needed here: use a nail and hammer to make two holes on the bottom edge and try a loop of string through for your kids to hold on to. The decoration is then all down to your kids.


3. Toilet Roll Owls

toilet roll craft ideas

Empty toilet roll tubes make great owls. Simple push two edges together at one end to make the ears and then grab a pen and start colouring, or some coloured paper and start cutting and sticking.  You can even hang them up afterwards with some string.

4. Plastic Bottle Bowling

ideas for plastic bottles

If you happen to have a couple of plastic bottles in your recycling (I like a bit of sparking water now and again – a guilty pleasure – so often have a plastic bottle kicking about in the recycling bin) then collect them up to make your own bowling set. Kids can decorate the outside however they like (although a fun way is to squirt a bit of paint inside, screw the lid on tight and then get your kids to shake it until the inside is completely coated) and when they’re done, line them up and use a light ball as your bowl.  Striiiiiike!


5. Bottle Cap Memory Game

recycle bottle lids

You’ll need quite a collection of identical bottle caps for this game. Inside each one stick a bit of paper with a number on, or a small picture (as long as you have a duplicate). Use each number/image twice and then lay them out neatly. You turn over two each go and the aim of the game is to pick two of the same. When you’ve picked a pair, take them out the game and keep on going. The person with the most pairs at the end wins.


6. Tin Can Drums

craft ideas for tin cans

Another old favourite.  A drum, made from a tin can and a balloon.  You can add some stale rice into the mix too if you’re in the market for a headache, or if you’ve got a babysitter/grandparents coming round!  Add a handful of rice or lentils to your empty can.  Cut the end off the balloon and then stretch this over the top of your can.  Secure it in place with an elastic band.  Some chop sticks or skeweres will make good drumsticks.  However you might want to cover the ends of the sticks with large balls of plasticine or blue tac to stop them from poking their eyes.

Happy crafting!

What are your favourite craft ideas for kids?



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