Links to what we recommend and what is important to us

Our Ethos

Ross Birnie’s 23 Mayfield. At 23 Mayfield you have friendly hospitality, tasteful and comfortable accommodation up to four poster luxury, and fabulous breakfasts (including locally sourced fish and homemade pancakes); all at an affordable price.

A great Whisky Inn in the heart of Speyside – Highlander Inn with Tatsuya and Duncan, your whisky experts as hosts.

We were fortunate to receive the finest hospitality at Mill House, highly recommended

Apex Hotels have three design led 4 star contemporary hotels in Edinburgh with stylish, affordable accommodation that are very convenient for central Edinburgh (also Apex has hotels that I would recommend in Dundee and London).

For charming buildings and some city pampering, try Hotel Du Vin

Staycations and Sustainability: 30 Ways to Enjoy a Responsible Break in the UK Countryside guide. A number of helpful and sustainable ways to enjoy staycations:

Trainline is an online train booking resource that encourages people to use public transport, reduce carbon emissions, and ease congestion: and for business:

Tour options

For tours from Aberdeen, sightseeing, including castles and Speyside I recommend a real gentleman, Duncan: Duncan’s Flexible Tours.

For a boat trip from Mull or Oban we recommend

Creative Opportunities

If you feel inspired and fancy a spot of recording while you are in Edinburgh I recommend my friend Andrea Meneghini’s 21SEVEN recording studio. Andrea combines an open, affordable and personable approach, and will work on your behalf to achieve perfection.