Discover authentic Highland comfort and hospitality at the Altnaharra Hotel, Sutherland (AD)

(I was invited by the Altnaharra Hotel for a complimentary DBB overnight stay in exchange for a review feature on A Highland Blend. All opinions shared are our own.) In September we joined the procession of camper vans and cyclists heading west on the North Coast 500. However, our final destination was 25 miles south […]

A B&B aboard MV Hamnavoe – with Northlink Ferries (AD)

AD (I was gifted complimentary return travel for 2 on the Northlink Ferries Scrabster-Stromness route aboard MV Hamnavoe in exchange for this feature) This blog post is actually almost 18 months in the making, as I was due to travel in Spring 2020. Thank you to Julie from Weber Shandwick and Northlink Ferries for their […]

A Highland Blend’s guide to spotting dolphins at Chanonry Point

The North of Scotland has many locations where it’s possible to spot dolphins or other marine life. However, probably the best opportunity to see the Moray Firth dolphins lies at Chanonry Point on the Black Isle. Today I’m filling you in on what to expect if you head there and tips to maximise your dolphin […]

5 Distilleries and Breweries to visit in Caithness

As you travel the Scottish Highlands, you’ll find an abundance of distilleries and breweries producing fine spirits and ales. These drams and brews are well-loved locally, and some have exported to far-flung countries or won prestigious awards. Today’s post showcases the amazing distilleries and breweries that you can visit in Caithness. During a distillery tour […]

4 amazing nature experiences you can enjoy in Caithness

Right at the tip of mainland Scotland, Caithness is part of the Scottish Highlands and a place where visitors can enjoy views of stunning coastlines, big skies, and hills. Amongst the views, there are also memorable nature experiences available on land and the sea. Please check directly with the businesses directly for opening dates and […]

Getting out and about: 3 Day Trip Walks in East Caithness

This post rounds up 3 of my favourite leisurely walks on the east coast of Caithness and was originally written when we were in the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic. These walks could be combined to create your own day trip itinerary. The first walk I’m sharing is one that I’ve enjoyed in all seasons […]

Top places to eat in and around the #NorthCoast500

The Highland region of Scotland has an amazing larder of ingredients, and some top hospitality talent to showcase them! Here’s my round-up of some of the best places to eat in and around the North Coast 500. Please do check opening times for yourself and if necessary book in advance – businesses in some rural […]

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage – Wick | #ad

This post is an advertised post. I received two nights of complimentary accommodation in exchange for an impartial review of the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage. There’s a definite rise in people looking for unique self-catering accommodation for their holidays, whether that’s by way of dramatic location, timeless features of the property, or proximity to experiencing life […]

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