Adventure is Everywhere. That’s our mantra here at Trakke. Not all adventures are epic journeys - adventure is a state of mind; that thrill you get when you discover a new place, that knot in your stomach when you’re climbing a tree, that serene silence that you only find in the great outdoors. But as summer draws to a close, the temperature drops and the daylight fades in the early evening, holing up in a tent just doesn’t cut the mustard. That's why we tried Glamping in Scotland this time.
So we swapped our canvas for a cabin and headed north to the Bonnie Bothy in South Laggan. Nestled on the shores of Loch Lochy, it’s a stunning basecamp for a weekend adventure.
Getting familiar with our surroundings, we soaked in the scenery over a coffee at Fort Augustus, explored the ruins of Urquhart Castle and chatted with the locals at the floating Eagle Barge Inn before rustling up a hearty supper in our cosy digs and settling in for the night.
At daybreak, the prospect of a morning run along the Great Glen Way was too tempting to resist, and after a hot shower and a few sizzling rashers of bacon, we drove to Glen Affric, winding through the forested valley and jumping out to explore waterfalls, woodland walks, and wildlife.
The day flew by, and before we knew it, Golden Hour was upon us and we found ourselves on the shores of the loch, skimming stones and watching the sun sink below the horizon in a cloudless sky.
It was idyllic - a rare treat here in Scotland, where days are often punctuated with rainstorms - and as we returned to the Bothy our faces still tingled with the heat of the sun.
We’d adjusted to the natural pace of life over two nights at the bothy, so we were reluctant to drive home the following day. Our adventure was over, and the workshop beckoned with the purr of sewing machines and the hubbub of activity. Or so we thought. As the road carved through the majestic peaks of Glencoe, the sky was blue and the landscape glowed in the sunshine. It was the ultimate send off to a weekend of a life well lived.
One of the most recognisable prints in Scotland, Emily Mackenzie's "50 Shades of Scotland" print manages to pick 50 simple shades from this beautiful country, and transforms them into a journey through Scottish history, and Scottish culture.
We caught up with Emily and asked her about her hometown of Edinburgh, and for her advice on how to make the most of being an artist in the city.
The Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens is the green and growing heart of Edinburgh. Big enough to spend the day in, it's the perfect place to take a packed lunch and try to get lost among the trees.
If it's a little too far for you to visit, then here's a little tour from our most recent visit to the Gardens.