Why a Poor Night’s Sleep Could Make Your Guests Fat

Adventures of A&WMan - Chap 1Research shows that 25% of us have some sort of sleep problem and that people who sleep for less than seven hours per night are more likely to be overweight or obese.

Now I’m not suggesting that a 7 night stay in your holiday cottage is going to put the pounds on your guests but getting a good night’s sleep is vitally important generally so why should it be any different when you are on holiday?

Hotels are vying to get you into their beds and some like Premier Inn base their whole advertising campaign on a good night’s sleep even offering a good night guarantee. [Read more...]

Holiday Letting Advice: Are You Barking Mad to Accept Pets?

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Deliberating whether to allow pets in your self catering holiday cottage? Can’t decide which way to go? Well I’m here to tell you that you can profit from either option.

Why would guests want to bring their pets on holiday?

A new poll conducted by Travel Supermarket revealed that two of 5 in the UK now take their pets on holiday. The survey of 2010 pet owners also showed that 13% would rather go on holiday with their animal than their partner!

To me guest’s holiday with their pets for two reasons:

Avoidance of separation anxiety for both parties. Our relationship with pets can be quite extreme and sometimes just plain weird. We buy them gifts not just restricted to birthdays and Christmas.

We talk to them in a baby voice referring to ourselves as ‘mummy’ and ‘daddy’. They sleep in our beds. We tell them our deepest secrets. [Read more...]

If you go down to Pressmennan Woods today you are in for a big surprise…

Go in search of mystical creatures known as Glingbobs and Tootflits who reside in what is believed to be the last traces of Scotland’s Ancient oak woodland. Pressmennan woods run by the Woodland Trust Scotland is a truly enchanting place situated in beautiful East Lothian countryside, near to the village of Stenton. With amazing views to the Bass Rock and beyond this magical woodland is rich in wildlife and you may be lucky enough to glimpse a Roe deer roaming through the trees or otter fishing in the lake. Woodpeckers can be heard high in the trees and if you dare to enter after dusk you may see bats and owls searching for food.

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Rally Round for 40th Anniversary

Saturday March 17th 2012 is set to be one of the highlights of the local motorsport calendar when the Borders Counties Rally celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special stage of the event to raise much needed funds for two local charities; the Borders Children’s Charity and the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

The Borders Children’s Charity provides children in the Borders who are in desperate need of beds, bedding, bedroom furniture, floor rugs, clothing and footwear. They also assist with equipment and funding for both physical and mental disability needs and provide much needed treats and holidays for young carers.  This allows children who are often in extremely stressful situations an opportunity to enjoy themselves even just for a short while which can make all the difference.

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Scottish Borders in bid to be Scotland’s leading cycling destination

The Scottish Borders is cranking up a gear to become Scotland’s leading cycling destination with the launch of the new look website www.cyclescottishborders.com. The site is crammed full of information on routes, forthcoming events, places to stay and things to do. It has fantastic interactive maps that allow you to search routes by town, level, distance and even altitude gain.  The new look site is the first result of a £175000 grant provided from Europe, LEADER and the Scottish Government to The Scottish Borders Recreational Cycling project. The project is a partnership between local businesses and public agencies including Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Enterprise and VisitScotland. The groups aim is to establish the Borders as the leading cycling destination in Scotland and maximise the opportunities for the whole area by attracting cyclists.

The area has long been a favourite destination for cyclists with its stunning scenery and relatively quiet, traffic free roads.  The area is now renowned for its world class mountain

A typical quiet Scottish Borders road

A typical quiet Scottish Borders road

biking facilities the 7 stanes, offering seven biking trail centres, including the famous Glentress, that span the South of Scotland.

The Scottish Borders boasts more Cyclists are Welcome accredited accommodation providers and attractions than anywhere else in the country.  Couple this with the stunning scenery and the guaranteed warm Scottish Borders welcome and you can see why the Borders is the ideal destination for a cycling break.

The Scottish Borders has been given the honour of hosting the 2011 Tour of Britain cycling event which begins in Peebles on September 11th and culminates in London on 18th September.  This first stage heads from Peebles along the Tweed valley and past the multi award winning mountain biking centre at Glentress. Then on to Innerleithen where the town will have the honour of hosting the first ever intermediate sprint. This is yet another indication of The Scottish Borders’ rising status within the cycling world.

Why not get on your bike and see for yourself if the claim to be Scotlands leading cycling destination is a legitimate one for The Scottish Borders.

Broaden your Tweed Horizons – 4 new Border cycle rides to experience.

A wonderful new guide written by Mark Porter and published by Cycle Guides Jedburgh entitled Tweed Horizons is available which details four new border cycle rides. The guide is highly informative, free and fits in your pocket.  Each ride is detailed with information on what to do and see places to stay and eat and many interesting facts about each area. The thing that grabbed me most about this guide though was the photography. The guide really illustrates the beautiful Borders countryside at its best; this will appeal to everyone not just cyclists. The Borders is a super location for cycling with quiet roads, magnificent

Rush hour on a Borders road

Rush hour on a Borders road

scenery and a multitude of places to stay and eat all with a typical warm Borders welcome thrown in.





The guide covers four new rides:

Tweed & Castles: 25mile (40km) easy moderate ride taking in Cornhill – Coldstream – Norham – Etal – Branxton – Cornhill. This route takes you through stunning scenery passing the 12th Century battle weary Norham Castle and on to the Flodden Fields where the Scottish casualties were high on that day nearly 500 years ago. Well worth a stop is Ford and Etal which has a miniature railway linking the two and a fabulous tea room and pub. The village is immaculate and the inexpensive food is delightful, you might share a pint with a Morris dancer here in the summer.


Norham Castle has a turbulent past

Norham Castle has a turbulent past


Kelso via the Bonny Banks: 25 mile (40km) easy/ moderate ride taking in Kelso- Eccles- Birgham- Coldstream – Cornhill. Kelso is a bustling market town with a Flemish style cobbled market square and was once described by Sir Walter Scott as the most beautiful, if not the most romantic village in the whole of Scotland. Once visited few would disagree. There is so much to see and do in Kelso from the magnificent Floors Castle, home to the Duke & Duchess of Roxburghe to the mighty junction pool where the Rivers Tweed & Teviot meet; you may struggle to start your journey!

The route takes you through delightful picture perfect villages where again you will be met with a warm Borders welcome.

Battlefield Trail: 34 miles (55km) moderate difficulty taking in Branxton – Kirknewton – Kirk Yetholm.

The scenery on this route will take your breath away with many 360 degree vistas across the rolling Borders countryside. The route will also take you past Hoselaw Chapel and Hoselaw Loch an important wildlife reserve with the rolling Cheviots in the back ground, a truly inspiring and tranquil spot. You will also visit Kirk Yetholm which sits at the end of the Pennine Way and is a main stage in the St Cuthbert’s Way Walk, a 62km walk from Melrose where St Cuthbert is said to have begun his monastic life to the breath-taking Holy Island where he ended his days. Here you will find the delightful Border Hotel where fine food and beer awaits.

Moorland, Coast & River: the Holy loop: 65mile (104 km) demanding ride taking in Flodden Field – Ford – Doddington – Belford – Holy Island – Berwick – Norham – Colstream – Cornhill – Flodden Field.

The highlight of this ride I would say is the breath taking Holy Island which the guide says you will need to set off early if you wish to take this detour. Crossing the causeway and visiting the island is an absolute delight but make sure you have checked the tide times as you would not be the first to get stranded on the causeway!

This is a fantastic guide detailing some wonderful rides throughout the hidden gem that is the The Borders.  The scenery and the people will remain with you forever and keep you coming back again and again and again!

Follow the Tree Trail at Bowhill Selkirk, Scottish Borders

Bowhill is home to the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry and encompasses 63,500 acres with a huge variety of tree species to be found in the surrounding woodland. The Tree Trail at Bowhill is one of 5 way marked paths on the estate and takes you on a wonderful journey through beautiful scenery in search of some of the finest trees in the grounds. Discreet natural pathways that cut through the meadows lead to 19 different and very fine examples of species of trees. [Read more...]

Hawick Golf Club appoints its first PGA qualified golf professional – Keith Morgan.

There has been much to speak about on the Vertish Hill at Hawick Golf Club so far this year. The club has recently run a new membership initiative which has attracted over a hundred new members, which in current economic times is no mean feat. This is clearly a culmination of great efforts from many individuals from within the club to raise standards and promote the clubs facilities, and move the club firmly onto an upward spiral.

The hard work put in by this year’s Captain Roddy McIntyre, & his vice Ryan Lyle along with the committee, have effectively helped raise the clubs profile with a number of new initiatives.

Firstly the club rooms and Bar have had a complete makeover, where Roddy and several members gave their own time to create an environment where you can now relax and enjoy after round food and drinks, from the new superb catering now on offer, or equally be at home at any of the clubs functions, or just bring the family up for a meal. [Read more...]

Freedom of the fairways – your pass to 21 Courses in the Scottish Borders

The game of golf can be traced back over 500 years to its origins in Scotland. The Scottish Borders covering some 1800 square miles of rolling hills, lush valleys and rugged coastline is a golfer’s paradise boasting no less than 21 courses from parkland to moorland to spectacular cliff top links courses.

Each course in the Scottish Borders varies in character with features to stretch even the best golfers amongst us. They all however have a few common elements, stunning backdrops, an amazing welcome and great value for money. [Read more...]

Discover why walking is a good path to take

Discover why walking is a good path to take

Walking takes longer… than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed’ Edward Abbey, “Walking”

There is no better way to explore the Scottish Borders than by foot and here are some reasons why:

1. Everyone can do it – there are walks to suits all abilities, young or old within the Scottish Borders. ‘My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-three today and we don’t know where the hell she is’ Ellen DeGeneres
2. You don’t need expensive equipment – a good set of waterproof boots and jacket, a map and a little snack is all you need to get you started. [Read more...]