The Pentland Hills – A little taste of the highlands with easy city living.

I was utterly amazed at how incredibly beautiful the Pentland Hills are. Having travelled up to the Scottish Highlands and marvelled at it’s natural beauty, the lochs, the rolling hills covered in heather and the wildlife you can see in fields that go on forever, I would not have imagined that you can get a little taste of this epic scenery just a short hop from Edinburgh. We got up early one Monday morning in July and decided to walk to the Pentland Hills (that’s 8.5 miles from where we are staying), we could have walked to Princes Street and […]

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Getting Wild in Surfers Paradise

Keep your hair on, I mean wildlife people! If you’re like me, you might be thinking that Australia is awash with snakes and spiders just waiting to jump out at you and you will no doubt have heard the advice of checking under the toilet seat (which I did religiously) just in case a redback spider was lurking there. I also spent a good deal of time scanning rooms for the great big huntsman I’d seen so many photos of. Thankfully, I didn’t see any spiders on this holiday, so my blood pressure remained pretty normal, but the wildlife we […]

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An Epic Hike to Morskie Oko

If you go down to the woods today… you’re sure of a big surprise! Never has a truer word been spoken on this occasion. The plan: Get up and out for 4am, walk to Morskie Oko (not bus – Walk) go see the beautiful lake, climb up to Czarny Staw pod Rysami Lake, clamber back down, then get the bus back to Zakopane. Already this was a tall order, we knew that this was just over 30km round trip, one of the longest hikes we have done in one go. I’d spent the following evening googling the walk from Zakopane […]

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