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Scottish Splendour

by | Destinations, Honeymoons


Nicola Goring


Having just moved back from Scotland after living there for four and a half years, I’m suitably homesick enough to write pages and pages about the country in all its beauty and splendour! I will do my best to stick to helpful hints and insider knowledge, however if I stray off course to wax lyrical about a sunset or mountain please forgive me!  I believe it simply is one of the most beautiful places on earth. And I can guarantee if you visit the home of lush green hills, bagpipes and stunning castles you will fall in love!

In 2011, we moved straight to a little town in Perthshire, right at the base of The Cairngorms which form an enormous National Park, known for wildlife and Winter sports. It was the perfect place to start many adventures, and I simply wish we had made time for more.

One of our favourite adventures was to the Isle of Lewis and Harris on the West Coast. If you ever wander as far as Scotland, use your well saved pennies to get yourself to any of the West Coast Islands as they are pure magic. If you’re considering a honeymoon to the best place on earth, it’s likely you’ll need to consider hiring a car or doing a tour.


The Bridge to Nowhere

It’s a small area of land but quite remote, and the most spectacular places are reserved for those who literally go the extra mile. We drove to Ullapool (on the mainland) and took our car across on a Caledonian MacBrayne ferry which took approximately three hours. We arrived in the dark and drove off to find our accommodation – Seven Leurbost – which turned out to be a lovely little cottage with an open fire and stunning views from the kitchen. If we were going for our honeymoon, we may have splashed out and stayed at Amhuinnsuide Castle (hello, castle!) or Eagle Bay Cottages, but the accommodation we had still rates as one of the best places I’ve ever stayed.

View from cottage

View from our kitchen window!



Images via Amhuinnsuide Castle


Image via Eagle Bay Cottages

A word to the wise about a holiday to the West Coast of Scotland – the beauty lies in the rugged, wild, spectacular landscape and weather. If you’re looking on the map for a place to stay and it seems remote, it’s because it is! We went in early November without realising tourist season had closed (slight tourist fail!). This worked entirely in our favour however, as we had every beach and viewpoint to ourselves. It is one of the most romantic places I have ever been.

We ate in most nights, favouring the fire place and a gourmet home made meal. The sun set at around 4pm, so we were happy to rug up and cosy in for the night. We took packed lunches most days, as we weren’t sure where we were going to end up and wanted the freedom of adventures that lay waiting! However we had a delicious pub lunch in Stornoway at HS-1 Cafe, a lovely drink with a view at the An Lanntair Arts Centre, sheltered from the wind and rain at the Callanish Stones Centre with a scone and tea, and managed to snaffle some treats on our drive around the point of Lewis from 40 North Foods.

Callanish stones

As we were there in November, the only tourist site that was open to us was the Callanish Stones and the Carloway Broch which were both full of history and stunning sites to see. Having our car we simply rambled about the place, stopping a lot along the way. We saw seals answering to a man whistling on the beach, had a wander about the Blackhouses and stopped at some lovely little galleries and gift shops. I fell head over heels in love with Harris tweed as we stopped in at every mill to see how it was made, chatted to the friendly locals and stocked up on some beautiful fabrics.

The Blackhouses

Bridge to Nowehre

However it is without a doubt the views that I would go back for time and time again. Drive up to Ness and see the lighthouse and breathtaking views across the Atlantic that were shrouded in cloud when we were there, or take a spin out to Great Bernera where Bostadh Beach will take your breath away.


Bostadh beach and Iron age house

Great Bernera

Search for the giant chess men and scour the cliffs for the views across Ardroil in Uig or simply head out for a drive and see what you discover along the way.

Ardroil at Uig


There are so many more stunning spots on the Island just waiting to be discovered! Magnificent views, beautiful wildlife, gorgeous galleries and wee coffee shops plus loads of space to set your own adventure and see where the road takes you. If you’re looking for a romantic, quiet holiday that will exhilarate you with it’s awe inspiring beauty and adventures that lie waiting, Lewis, Harris,or any West Coast Scottish Islands are the place to be!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautifully romantic place to visit – one of my favourites. Its rugged beauty is spectacular and unforgettable…

About Nicola: I love travelling, West Coast of Scotland, Scottish Isles, Paris, Amsterdam being some of my favourite places. I’m very much enjoying having the space for a veggie garden in our new house here – was shielding my tomato and spinach plants from the rain the other night – I’m a little too emotionally invested! I love to bake, love to sew and am already planning my next visit overseas to see family and friends!

Cassie & Eric’s Paris Honeymoon Wedding Photos

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Engagements


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What could make your honeymoon more romantic than getting back into your wedding attire and strolling the streets of the most romantic city on earth?

Photographer Olivier Lalin of WeddingLight Paris joined newlyweds Cassie and Eric with event planner WeddingLight Events and hair and makeup artist Fred & Murielle of WeddingLight Events.

Cassie and Eric had a big wedding in their hometown and wanted something special just for them. Paris was the first stop on their honeymoon where they stayed at a gorgeous hotel before a divine dinner at Hotel Costes. Their photographer then led them on a tour of Paris, complete in their wedding attire.

WeddingLight Events tells, “They looked like they stepped straight off the set of a classic Hollywood film – think Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. I picked them up at the Mayfair Hotel in the 1st arrondissement and then went around town snapping shots at the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero square, Pont Alexandre III, as well as the Louvres, the Seine, ile St. Louis and Notre Dame. We had a lot fun as you can see from the photos. I actually always make a point to ensure that my clients have fun. I think it is an important part of my work and it helps that I have a French sense of humor! We had 4 hours of shooting and could not have asked for better weather. Everything was just perfect. After spending a couple more days in Paris, Cassie and Eric’s next stop was Rome, Italy. What an incredible way to celebrate their wedding! What a treat! Wishing Cassie and Eric a wonderful life together – full of happiness and love!”

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Photographer: Olivier Lalin WeddingLight Paris / Event Planner: WeddingLight Events / Bride’s Dress: Hayley Paige / Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson / Groom’s Attire: Dunhill / Hair & Make Up: Fred & Murielle of WeddingLight Events / Car Service: Victor of WeddingLight Events / Hotel: Mayfair Hotel

Plum Pretty Sugar Resort Collection

by | Honeymoon Style, Honeymoons


Ms Chinoiserie

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A fun twist on honeymoon wear for you today. We all know and love lounge wear brand Plum Pretty Sugar for their gorgeous getting ready robes and beautiful pyjamas, but today’s shoot shows just how easy it is to take those pieces with you in your honeymoon suitcase. Tropical travels? I’m ready!

The beautiful Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys played host to the team as they put each piece through it’s tropical honeymoon paces. The shoot showcasing the variety that Plum Pretty Sugar offers. Fun, flirty jumpsuits, swim suit cover ups, skirts, dresses and sweet Summer kimono style pieces. There’s even matching tote and cosmetic bags to get you on your jet-setting way.

The most endearing part of Plum Pretty Sugar and their designs has always been the prints, and the patterns, which seem just as appropriate for getting ready on your wedding day as they do for lounging around on a tropical holiday. Pair tropical print, lightweight pants with a soft singlet, a kimono style robe with denim shorts, a fun play suit with a wide brim hair or all of it over your bathing suit!

Plum Pretty Sugar pieces are available via their website.

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Images via Plum Pretty Sugar

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