Caroline Lea grew up in Jersey and, after studying at Warwick University, she became head of English at a Birmingham grammar school.
An easy drive from major Scottish cities, a short break at this recently refurbished hotel in Nairn is exactly what staycations were made for.
The Queen of the Hebrides, a jewel in Scotland’s crown, the Isle of Islay is home to less than 4000 people and in joyous proportions, eight working whisky distilleries as well.
As I stood admiring an original Picasso artwork, I was struck by how amazing it was seeing the craftsmanship of this legendary artist up close.
Dublin has long been a magnet for visitors. Stand still for a few moments on the famous Ha’penny Bridge over the River Liffey and you will see and hear dozens of nationalities.
When you think of Dubai, what springs to mind? High-end shopping, ultramodern architecture and blistering sunshine were top of my list.
As we followed the meandering country roads that would lead us to Stobo Castle in Peeblesshire, the transition from stressful city life to uninterrupted relaxation was already taking place.
I love both Perths but this one is Oz-some: A trip to the Australian city blessed with sand, sunshine and strong Scots links
It always intrigued me as a boy that my uncle ventured from Scotland across the vastness of the oceans to set up a new life in the “Other Perth”.
With the winter months may slowly ebbing away, our thoughts may be starting to turn to our next trip abroad.
It’s 5.30am and I’m bleary-eyed from the early start – but as soon as I reach the south Bombay fish market, the smell hits me and shocks my weary senses awake.
I LOVE talking about the weather as much as the next person, and am delighted to learn before I board my flight to Lisbon that, in meteorological terms, the Portuguese capital is the inverse of Scotland.