Category: General Updates

Scotland hotel review – Cameron House, Loch Lomond

Linda Jackson reckons finding another hotel which can match the facilities offered at Cameron House, Loch Lomond – a huge variety of outdoor pursuits, stylish accommodation, a luxury spa, superb golf, a spectacular location and truly outstanding service – will not be easy

Before even arriving at Cameron House, Loch Lomond, I admit to already having a number of plus points on my mental list to be included in my hotel review of the luxury Scotland five-star resort…if they lived up to expectation that is. The plus points were: lots of activities, a spa complex and leisure club, two golf courses, and (being set right on the banks of Loch Lomond) definitely location, location, location. My weekend break in Scotland, on paper at least, looked very promising.

Cameron House hotel review by Linda Jackson Travel Writer

Guests arriving at Cameron House, Loch Lomond

The reality on arrival did not disappoint. The weather was cold but kind, the air clean and clear, the Loch very still, and the view stretching across it just wonderful. How nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and arrive at a luxury hotel in the middle of the peaceful Scottish countryside, yet just an easy 20/30-minute drive or taxi-ride (15 miles) from Glasgow Airport. How convenient is that, especially when nipping away for a short luxury break in Scotland – the shorter the break the more important the hotel’s proximity to the airport or railway station is. Even flying or arriving by train via Edinburgh, the journey to Cameron House takes around 1hour 15minutes by car – it’s only 64 miles away.

Read the full Cameron House, Loch Lomond, hotel review written by Linda Jackson >>

Caribbean hotel review – Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis

Nisbet Plantation Beach Club is one of the most friendliest hotels I’ve ever stayed in, it’s home-from-home accommodation with the bonus of happy staff who have been with this comfortable Caribbean hotel for years. Believe me, within a day you’ll feel part of the Nisbet “family”.

Nevis hotel reviews - Active Caribbean

Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis, Caribbean

Nevis, Nisbet and Horatio Nelson

Small but perfectly formed (36 square miles) Nevis is somehow different to other Caribbean islands, even to its sister island St Kitts which is just a short ferry ride away. It’s the “real” Caribbean – the Caribbean at its best… unspoilt, friendly, peaceful, no mass tourism, scenic, and with deserted roads perfect for exploring sleepy villages by bike.

Nisbet Plantation sits in 30 acres of tropical grounds with towering palm trees and a vast sprawling lawn which leads down to the resort’s lovely white sand beach and adjacent swimming pool. Nisbet is where Captain Horatio Nelson met “Fanny” Nisbet, his wife to be, in the late-1700’s, when the now resort was a plantation house family home.

Check out the fun HAPPY video filmed on location in Nevis >>

Discover more about Nisbet Plantation Beach Club by reading the full Nevis hotel review >>

50 Shades of Grey? No… Try 50 Shades of Scotland instead

Scotland in colour

There’s certainly nothing grey about Scotland. You’ve just got to experience for yourself the vibrant sunsets and pastel sunrises, the orange hues of autumn, the vast pale blue skies, the winter whites of the Highlands and you’ll be captivated for life – guaranteed.

Scotland sunset Image ©Linda Jackson

Nature’s sunset display in Scotland

Seeing the blue sky and white clouds mirrored in deep, dark blue lochs is breathtaking, golf on the lush green fairways of Scotland’s world-famous golf courses is enticing, and the orange flickering flames of a roaring log fire in a huge inglenook fireplace so very welcoming.

Enjoy a wee dram of Scottish whisky gleaming gold in the candlelight, the swirling of colourful tartan kilts and dresses during an evening of Scottish dancing, the stark contrast of a foraging squirrel wearing its rich red chestnut-coloured coat scurrying across pristine Persil-white snow, and a bird’s eye view of the green bonnie banks of Loch Lomond from the quirky custard yellow seaplane based at Cameron House.

Cameron House luxury hotel activities

Get a bird’s eye view of Loch Lomond – flights from Cameron House

Read the full article 50 Shades of Scotland here >>

Caribbean mountain biking tours – Barbados

Barbados guided biking tours & Caribbean cycling holiday packages

Renting a mountain bike in Barbados is a fantastic way to discover “hidden” Barbados and experience “real” Bajan island culture.

There are daily bike tours to choose from… either three- or six-hour biking tours, as well as great value mountain biking holiday packages.

Discover hidden Barbados by bike with Trailseekers Barbados

Mountain biking in Barbados, Caribbean

TRAILSEEKERS offer a choice of daily mountain bike tours in Barbados – popular three-hour coastline mountain bike tours, three-hour cross-country mountain bike tours, and full day (six hours) Barbados island mountain bike tours.

Caribbean mountain bike excursions from cruise ships, daily bike tours, and Barbados biking vacations

Find out more about these fun mountain biking tours in Barbados here >>

Caribbean biking holidays & triathlon – Nevis & St Kitts

Nevis mountain biking tours – an unspoilt Caribbean Island

If you haven’t thought about going to the Caribbean for a biking holiday, then it’s time you did.

Four Seasons golf course, Nevis, Caribbean

Nevis – the unspoilt Caribbean island

Nevis bike rental, Caribbean guided family cycling tours, Nevis triathlon

The unspoilt island of Nevis offers a great choice of biking tracks and cycling trails to suit everyone, no matter what level of fitness and ability. The roads in Nevis are not busy so pleasant to casually cycle on. The Nevis island main road is also ideally suited to the increasing number of resident and visiting ‘roadies’ – so you’ll find Trek road bikes, MTB or Hybrids available to rent.

Nevis Cycle & Triathlon Club – The Wheel World Cycle Shop – Winston Crooke

So whether your interest is mountain biking or casual cycling, road biking or triathlon, the Nevis Cycle & Triathlon Club (in conjunction with The Wheel World Cycle Shop) is there to make biking vacations in the Caribbean as action-packed and fun-filled as you want. You can go it alone and just hire a bike for a half-day or day in Nevis, or go on an accompanied bike tour of Nevis and be guided to all the best places to cycle on the island.

Caribbean biking vacations on Nevis

Biking in the Caribbean with Winston on the unspoilt Caribbean island of Nevis

The Wheel World Cycle Shop is owned by sporty Winston Crooke who founded the Nevis Cycle & Triathlon Club, and who is currently the President of the St Kitts & Nevis Triathlon Federation. Born in the UK to parents from St Kitts & Nevis, Winston moved to Nevis in 1991 so knows both St Kitts and Nevis islands like the back of his hand. He’s virtually got his finger in every biking pie!

Find out more about hiring a bike in the Caribbean for a day biking in Nevis here >>

THE NEVIS TRIATHLON WILL BE TAKING PLACE 16 NOVEMBER 2013 – and celebrates 12 years with a special collaboration with amazing Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack – DON’T MISS IT.To register for the MACCA X NEVIS TRIATHLON 2013 go to the official Nevis Triathlon website >>

Scotland luxury holiday cottages, self-catering lodges & apartments

Image copyright Linda Jackson Travel Writer

Spectacular scenery around Loch Torridon, northern Highlands of Scotland
Image copyright Travel Writer Linda Jackson

Luxury self-catering lodges in Scotland

Concentrating on the Scottish Highlands I am checking out special places to stay, namely luxury lodges, holiday cottages and unique boathouses to rent in Scotland but a journey that, on paper, should have taken around 4.5 hours is taking twice as long.

Spectacular Scottish landscapes

Scenery is breathtaking on the drive from Loch Ewe in the North West Highlands of Scotland, via Torridon, down to Port Appin on the West Highlands coast – 172 miles of jaw-dropping landscapes.

Unique places to stay in Scotland

Ashamedly selfish at times, I do need my own space so I’m looking for a unique or special place to stay in Scotland – a luxury self-catering cottage, lodge or boathouse maybe – from which the views will be mine to behold, and in which I can feel at home the minute I step through the door…

… and I’ve found some rather special places to stay, too.

Read my travel article about special places to stay in Scotland here >>

WordPress Themes