Welcome to Gilmore House, Bed and Breakfast, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland

This blog is my random ramblings and photos of what is going on in the B&B, my life, but generally my little jaunts out which I hope will give you a taster of all the wonderful excursions to do in our area.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2009

The A68




We have just returned from a short break away and I took some photos on the journey home yesterday evening. We had flown from Newcastle, which is 3 hours away. The reason we flew from Newcastle is that the choice and times of flights was better for where we were going. Anyhow, from Newcastle to Edinburgh you can travel along the A68 which is the most glorious journey through Northumberland and the Borders. Naturally I had to stop and take a photo at the Scotland - England Border. It was the most gorgeous summer evening and the views just kept coming. I have definitely put a break in the Borders on my list to do, my Mum is from Jedburgh originally. I was very impressed by the parkland type landscapes, straight out of a Catherine Cookson novel.

Friday, 19 June 2009

AA Highly Commended Award

I am delighted that for the third year running we have received an AA Highly Commended Award certificate. This means we are in the top 10% of our 4 star rating.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Euro Diagonale


My cycling guests who stayed last night were doing an amazing cycling trip called the Euro Diagonale, they were doing the stage Inverness - Brest in France. It all has to be completed in 150 hours averaging at 125 miles a day. Above I have a copy of the route they took to reach us, a very mountainous route I must add. Naturally they were very tired when they reached Blairgowrie, but they were up and away early this morning destination Longtown in Cumbria. When they reach Brest they are doing another stage which is Brest - Strasbourg. For information about the routes click here it will take you to a web site I found and then click on 'en Diagonales'. I have a great photo of the cyclists, but unfortunately forgot to ask permission to put it on here, so best not.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Hill Primary School





This evening and tomorrow afternoon Hill Primary School is open, to former pupils and the community, for a final wander around before it closes at the end of the month. We went along for a look around at the classrooms etc, the girls enjoying having a nosey in other classrooms. In the hall they had albums and displays of old school photos and pupils, former pupils of all generations were enjoying looking themselves up. It is strangely quite sad it will be closing, but exciting for everyone to move to the new campus.
If you have a moment have a look at Van winkles art blog, she has kindly given me a mention.

Some of my Favourite Flowers





Such a lovely day I took some pictures in the garden. The flower colours are spectacular and the bees are loving it.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Wildflower Meadow




The field where they hold the Highland Games in September is awash with the most beautiful wild flowers at the moment, a real pleasure to walk around.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Small Bottles or Large Bottles

After a couple of years of using individual toiletries, I have decided to go back to large bottles. So I was quite excited when my order from Scottish Fine Soaps arrived the other day. They have a tremendous range for the hospitality industry, all shapes and sizes and smells. I am now using their 'The Tub' range and I also purchased some nifty little trays and chrome holders. I have got quite a nice selection of 'bits and bobs' in the en-suites now, big change from when we first started here, all you got was a bar of soap! That is one of the things I like about being here is seeing how we have progressed, slowly getting the Bed and Breakfast to how we would like it to be. I'm already planning in my head what I want to do this winter, which may include re-organising my off-road parking. Bizarrely enough I was measuring the size of a car parking space whilst I was in Perth the other afternoon!!

I nearly forgot to say, I now have a follower, thank you. Now I know at least four people have read my blog!!