This year has been one like no other. With restrictions on foreign travel, the typical summer holiday abroad in the sun has just not been possible.
But that’s no reason to miss out on having a break. Instead people have been turning to the possibility of holidaying closer to home. This has given local businesses the opportunity to showcase what’s available only a few miles away, from the produce grown to the beautiful landscapes ready to explore.
I was invited to spend a weekend at Cairngorm Bothies, near Aboyne. These six self-catering bothies – each named after “something or someone pertinent to the area” – are nestled at the easternmost edge of the Cairngorms, where the rolling farmlands of Aberdeenshire meet the pine forests of the Highlands.