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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”.
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.
A former teacher with 20 years of experience, Joe Nutt has written books on Shakespeare, John Donne and, most recently, a guidebook to Milton’s Paradise Lost.
On a wet October night in 1964, four weary travellers checked into a country hotel on the banks of Loch Earn.
Save for the wreath pinned to the front of the second-floor balcony, this could be any run-of-the-mill motel.
While fortnight-long holidays are fabulous for fully recharging the batteries, a two-night break can be just the ticket when it comes to banishing winter blues and putting a spring in your step.
It's quite a size to be kept secret.
Two snarling stone lions stand guard over a fabulous white-column porch. Apparently, there is a mock Hawaiian waterfall in the basement. Oh, and a couple of jet planes out back.