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Our Eco-Cabin Build Journey

So, IT BEGINS – we’re officially on the road to our first site of Alternative Eco-Cabins. How exciting!… but also kind of terrifying. All I can really say is, we’ve got a hell of a long way to go. As I write this, it’s currently the 3rd of May 2021 and things are just starting …

Deep Dive: The Alternative Eco-Cabin Concept

It’s Alternative and it’s Eco. I’m taking you on a deep dive into our Next Generation Tourist Accommodation concept, covering what it’s all about, how it’s evolved, and how we got to this point.

Our Climate Action Plan

Who sets up a climate action plan before they even set up their business? We do. We’re determined to create a genuinely environmentally sustainable business from day one. Here are 11 ways we’ll be doing our bit for the planet.

Wood-fired Hot Tubs – “Surely They’re Not Eco?”

Being an eco-friendly tourist accommodation business, we thought long and hard about using wood-fired hot tubs and wood fuel. Here’s why.

The Ultimate Guide to Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

The beautiful Isle of Cumbrae is home to a small island town called Millport. The island itself comes in the form of a 10-mile loop and is located just off the coast of North Ayrshire. It is incredibly scenic, packed with things to do and is a hidden gem when it is comes to exploring …

Unique Things to See and Do in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

Thinking about a trip to the Isle of Cumbrae, and looking for things to see and do? Well, you’re in right place… Here are all of the best and most unique things you can do on ‘Scotland’s Most Accessible Island’. Feel free to skip right through: The Glaidstone Viewpoint Isle of Cumbrae Gin Distillers Lion …

A Guide to Cycling in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

The Isle of Cumbrae is known as a ‘Cyclist’s paradise’, and for good reason too! It’s only an 8-minute ferry ride from Largs on the North Ayrshire coast, and is essentially one 10-mile loop. Here’s a guide to Cycling in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae.

How to get to Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

The Isle of Cumbrae is known as ‘Scotland’s Most Accessible Island’, and for good reason. It’s only an 8-minute ferry ride across from Largs on the North Ayrshire coast. It’ll be Island time in no time. Here’s everything you need to know to get there.

Best Things to See and Do in Largs

Whether it’s The Pencil Monument, Magnus the Viking, or Kelburn Castle, here are the very best things to see and do in Largs, North Ayrshire.

10 Ways to be a Responsible Tourist in Scotland

As we set off to explore wonderful Scotland once again, it’s a great time to really reflect on how we can do this responsibly – to be a ‘Responsible Tourist’

The Digital Detox: 10 Questions with

In our tech-orientated, work-from-home climate, sometimes we need to just… switch off. Time for a digital detox? Find inspiration here.

Places to Stay in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

For a wee island that’s only 10-miles round, there is a diverse range of places to stay on the Isle of Cumbrae. From the ‘cheap and cheerful with the sea views’, to the ‘farm cottage with Ayrshire coos’, there’s something for everyone.

Crocodile Rock, Lion Rock & Indian Rock | Isle of Cumbrae

The Isle of Cumbrae is home to a group of quirky landmarks including the Crocodile Rock, Lion Rock, and Indian Rock. Here’s their story and how to find them!

Ailsa Craig Spotlight: 10 Questions with @ItsTommysWorld

It has been a hot spot for pirates and smugglers, used as a base camp for Spanish soldiers trying to invade Scotland and was even used as a prison in the late 18th century. Nowadays, it’s famous for two things – seabirds and curling stones. With its steep cliff side edges and iconic silhouette, Ailsa …

Top 5 Hot Tub Stays in Scotland

Whether it’s a summers evening or a cold winters night, there’s something quite appealing about switching off and relaxing in a hot tub.

7 of the Most Unique North Coast 500 Airbnbs

So… you’re thinking about doing the North Coast 500, but want to see all the Best & Most Unique Airbnb’s along the way? Good news, you have come to the right place.

A Digital Road Trip Around THE COIG

My ‘digital road trip’ around The Coig Routes – The Sire, The Shiel, The Arran, The Bute, and The Cumbrae. Five Routes. One Great Adventure.

The Best Places to Eat in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

So you’ve found yourself in Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae, and hunger strikes? Well, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this blog, I’ll be telling you about all the best cafes, restaurants, and takeaways you can find on the island. So, whether it’s lunch, dinner, or a quick snack, we’ll make sure you …

The Best Bars, Pubs & Beer Gardens in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae

So, you’ve landed yourself in Millport after a long day and you’re looking for somewhere to wet the whistle. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Whether it’s been a day of scenic walks, cycling or relaxing at the beach, it gets to that time in the day where you deserve to settle down and enjoy …

The Best Walking Routes on the Isle of Cumbrae

Ditch the car on the mainland and get those boots strapped up. Here are the five best walking routes on the the Isle of Cumbrae, complete with pre-loaded Google Maps route buttons to click.

6 of the Most Unique Airbnbs in Scotland

We love a good weekend away in a quirky Airbnb. From converted Helicopters to wooden Hobbit Houses, here are 6 of the Most Unique Airbnbs you can stay at in Scotland.

Millport, Isle of Cumbrae – Your Questions Answered

Here’s a super handy blog that answers every question you could possibly have before visiting Millport, Isle of Cumbrae. From beer gardens to bikes, and restaurants to walking routes, here’s everything you need to know.

Adam’s Daily Dooks for Mental Health 🏊

In the early hours of Boxing Day, we made a commitment to jump into the sea every day for the full month of January in aid of the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH). What a way to start 2021!

A Voyage to Wee Cumbrae

You know those places that are literally right on your doorstep, but you’ve never been? Wee Cumbrae was one of those places for me.
The problem is, it’s a tiny uninhabited island with no way to get there… until now.

5 of Scotland’s Most Accessible Islands

There’s something special about the moment the ferry leaves the mainland slip and sets sail towards island life. It almost marks a departure from the reality of mainland life and a journey to a place where the clocks go a little slower.

10 Quirky Stays in Scotland

Why settle for a budget hotel, or some basic wooden hut glamping pod with shared bathroom facilities? There are some pretty quirky stays in Scotland, from the weird to the downright wonderful. Here are 10 of them.

My North Coast 500 Adventure

Like many of you, I can’t get enough of the Scottish outdoors. We’re surrounded by such amazing landscapes and when we’re lucky enough to be blessed with good weather, there’s genuinely nowhere else in the world I’d rather be…

The Scottish Midge: 5 Solutions

Let’s be honest, Midges can be a pain, both metaphorically and literally! But honestly, with a bit of forward-thinking and the right tools for the job, you can have an amazing bite-free time anywhere in Scotland.

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