Author Archives: Terry Marsh

Insider Guide to Orkney

28/03/2018 by .

For today’s visitors, Orkney is a charming and beguiling place; charismatic, enthralling, enlightening, and tantalisingly close to the Scottish mainland, just 10 miles away.

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The Salutation Hotel, Ambleside

12/03/2018 by .

Having occupied one corner of the centre of Ambleside for more than 360 years, it is not surprising that the Salutation Hotel has acquired both a history and a reputation.

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Up Helly Aa

05/02/2018 by .

A hundred years from now, Shetland’s fire festival, Up Helly Aa, will be the stuff of legend; a litany of morphed tales of Viking lore handed down over the generations, titivated and embellished in the process…rather like all legends, in fact.

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Grant Arms Hotel

20/05/2017 by .

One ‘word’ admirably sums up the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey – WYSIWYG: What you see is what you get. There are no pretensions here − even though Queen Victoria and Prince Albert once stayed − just the welcoming and quiet efficiency of a mainstream 50-room, 3-star Gold hotel and restaurant.

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Cringletie House Hotel

20/05/2017 by .

It ought to be axiomatic that there are times when, given the pace of modern living, we just have to step off the travellator of life, and take a break. Let the rest of the world muddle on, while we ‘Take Five’, or whatever it needs to revive a flagging spirit.

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Isle of Eriska Hotel Hilltop Retreats

27/04/2017 by .

I awake to a gentle dawn chorus of willow warblers in the surrounding lichen-clad silver birch; a delightful prod into another day, backed by silence rather than urban cacophony. Out in the Lynn of Lorn, the low-slung island of Lismore rides at anchor, and, beyond, the bosomy hills of Morvern rise gently to airy Beinn Mheadhoin. It’s a peaceful scene, and a perfect way to start the day.

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