Reviews of equipment, accommodation, food and other stuff we tried or used, being that in Scotland or other countries. All reviews use five point rating.

Rating categories: Accommodation – Location, Cleanliness, Comfort and Value… more reviews to come, stay tuned.

7th November 2015
Osprey Sirius 36 womens backpack review - front view, Scottish Highlands, UK

Osprey Sirius 36 backpack – Review

Looking for a good hiking daypack? Check if Osprey Sirius 36 backpack is worth buying We’re big fans of Osprey backpacks – a couple of years ago we bought 65l Ariel and 88l Xenith for long backpacking trips and we couldn’t be more pleased with this purchase. Very comfortable, capacious and practical, with heaps of useful features and great look, what else can be expected from a backpack? So when I decided to buy a new, smaller backpack for day […]
29th August 2015
Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Walking Boots

Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Walking Boots – Review

After a couple of years of abuse and some serious trekking trips in tough conditions (including Armenia, Morocco, Romania and plenty of Scottish hills), my £40 (!) North Face walking boots have finally given up and needed to be replaced ASAP. So far I have only ever worn lightweight, mid-height boots, including the said North Faces and Brasher Supalites; they did an OK job on easy treks, but on tougher ground they didn’t give my feet and ankles enough support, […]
11th August 2015
Camping Panorama - Rucar, Romania

Wandering Owls recommend: Romania

All travellers know the struggle of finding a good place to stay for a night, to have a nice meal or to see something special. From our own experience we know that websites such as Tripadvisor are only partially helpful and often leave us even more confused – how can one hotel or restaurant get as many good as bad reviews? During our trip through Romania we didn’t really have a plan, so the places to sleep or eat were […]
28th May 2015
Nethybridge Hotel, Strathspey, Scotland, photo from the front garden

Nethybridge Hotel – review

The Nethybridge Hotel is yet another countryside hotel we’ve visited using Itison voucher – a one-night stay in a double room with three-course dinner, glass of wine and full Scottish breakfast for only £59. The hotel occupies an impressive, Victorian building in a small village of Nethy Bridge, in the very heart of Strathspey. Being located just a short distance from places such as Inverness, Aviemore, Grantown-on-Spey and Boat of Garten, it is a perfect base for exploring the mountains […]
21st April 2015
The Dublin Central Hoste (entrance)

The Dublin Central Hostel – review

We stayed at The Dublin Central Hostel for two nights during our Easter break in Dublin, paying €110 (approx. £86) for a double room with en suite. The hostel is located in a traditional tenement in a quiet side street, just 5 minutes walk from O’Connel Street and 15-20 minutes away from the river and the Temple Bar. This way we could enjoy some peace and quiet whilst being very close to the hustle and bustle of the Irish capital. […]
7th April 2015
B allachulish Hotel - Glencoe, Scotland

The Ballachulish Hotel – review

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