out of the habit

I started this blog with the intention of sharing our travels with our black Labrador Mia. We love to visit places in the UK whether it’s for a day visit, weekend or longer.

Well, there’s a well known saying about best intentions and this is where I am guilty.

I haven’t written on this blog in over 3 months! Now, don’t get me wrong, we have still be doing lots of things with Mia and if you follow our facebook page you may even be aware of a few of them. But I have fallen out of the habit of writing a blog.

I don’t do this for the fame, definitely not for the money (trust me, it costs me more out of my own pocket to do). I started doing it because I wanted to, plain and simple. We have had some amazing adventures over the last few years of having Mia in our life and I just wanted to share some with all you amazing people. I wanted to let the places that we visit know that we had been there, had a brilliant time, will return and want to shout about it and let everyone else know so they can visit.

It all started off well, our blog about our visit to Aberdeenshire was very well received, reaching more people that I could have ever imagined. Local walks got peoples attention, letting them know there was more on their doorstep.

I have no excuse for not writing so much. Well, I do, life gets in the way. I hate using that as an excuse, but I find it hard to pull aside the 15-30 minutes it takes to put a blog post together that I am happy with. I have a 9-5 job, I have a house to clean, meals to make, and dog to walk (obviously!) and most importantly I would rather spend the time sat with my husband daughter and the lovely Mia than sat upstairs in the office typing and selecting photos. Christmas was a mad period, especially the run up to it. I just find it quicker to pop onto FB, Twitter or Instagram. Quick post, move on and peel the spuds. But I get the most enjoyment out of writing on here, so I pledge to try and do it more often, at least once a week.

We don’t do exciting blog worthy things everyday, but our New Year resolution is to try and do something at least once a week

So, if you have missed us, we are back. If you hadn’t noticed we had been absent, then forget about what I have just typed and we will carry on as if nothing has ever happened!! Thanks

Mia Travels UK xxx

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Crash, bang, flash

Well that time of year has come round again when Mia won’t go outside in the dark – all because of fireworks. She really doesn’t like them. It’s annoying because for a few weeks we have to change our schedule with her. She has to go for a wee earlier in the evening otherwise she won’t go out at all until the next morning which is no good. The nights draw in due to the clocks changing which means we have even less time to take her for a walk before it goes dark. Don’t get me wrong, she loves a walk in the dark, especially on a nearby field where she will hurtle round like a lunatic thinking it is hilarious that we can hear her but can’t see her. It’s just these few weeks where fireworks are readily available (New Year is another bad time for her). We live in quite a built up village so every night for a few weeks we will have someone setting off fireworks, we are convinced get louder every year! The only good thing is that we are on the edge of the village with open countryside and fields less than 100 yards away so not too bad. Our last house was more central and whilst living there we had another Black Labrador – he loved fireworks! He would insist on sitting out in the garden, watching the lights in the sky and barking at the big bangs when they came. Another Labrador we have had (a bitch) hated them and would hide in the shower every time they were being set off!

Don’t get me wrong, I personally like fireworks, so long as they are in an organised safe setting. But I do wish they were limited to only a few nights a year, that way we can prepare Mia on those nights, make sure she is wearing her homemade “scare” wrap, the TV or radio is on and we are not out for a walk. We were caught out the other week when we walked together to pick our daughter up from a party. Now this was 2 weeks ago so we thought we would be OK to walk Mia with us in the dark to get her. Nope, we arrived at the venue just as someone decided they were going to start their 40 min long display of banging fireworks. We finally got back home with a very scared Mia, 2 frustrated adults and 1 cold child. We realised that they were starting even earlier this year and have had to put Mia’s night-time walks on hold for now. At least until after 5th November

We do all we can to ensure she is does not get more scared than necessary, we close the curtains, we have the TV on and we ensure we don’t fuss her as this can reinforce her reaction the noises. But once they have stopped we will get back to normal, walking her in the dark with her hi-vis on and a torch in hand!

Smelly mud, the Gruffalo and a dungeon master

A couple of weeks back we decided to head out for a walk to our local woodland – Delamere Forest. This was always somewhere we visited as kids. There were few car parks or paths back in the 80s and as kids we loved it. We would throw our welly boots and rain coats into the back of the car and head out for adventures. Driving through the forest was always magical as a kid, the road bobbing up and down, the light dimming as you passed further into the woods. We would choose a nice muddy “layby” at the side of the road, put on our boots and coats and head off into the woods. I have vivid memories of my older brothers making swords and bows & arrows out of sticks they would find whilst I was scared of the ferns because my eldest brother had told me that’s where the snakes lived (I still don’t go into ferns today – thanks Bro!)

We would find muddy puddles to run through, trees to climb and occasionally had family picnics on the damp mossy picnic benches.

To be honest, I still do all those things but now it’s with Husband, Daughter & Mia. We still find a little muddy “lay-by” to park in and we still find the muddy puddles. Delamere is great if you want to have a really good woodland walk – off the paths, through the ferns (not me) and into some very dense woodland full of bogs, bracken and possibly Bugbears (I can neither confirm nor deny this as fact). But if you want to stick to paths and maybe have a cuppa and an ice cream after your walk then you can head down to towards the station and park at the Forest Centre Car Park. Here you will find bike hire, café, ice creams & Go Ape.

We decided to visit this area of Delamere as we had been told that there was a Gruffalo Trail. Maddie is in year 6 now so she has grown out of the Gruffalo but she enjoyed having control of her dads phone for a couple of hours whilst we went Gruffalo hunting. The app is free to download and use. All you have to do it aim your camera at the markers when you find them and by the power of augmented reality you can have your picture taken with mouse, snake, owl and a few others. We decided to do this trail during the summer holidays and it was incredibly busy, but each marker had 2 you could chose from so we didn’t have to wait too long before we had our turn. Whilst driving to Delamere we were explaining to Maddison how the app would work quoting good old ITVs Knightmare from the 80s & 90s – of course she had no idea what we were talking about, but it allowed her father and I to spend the rest of the journey relaying tales of The Dungeon Master and as kids why you could never understand why they couldn’t see what was going on from under the giant helmet. I am sad to say that there was no Forbidden Gate or Sorcerers Isle to overcome. Shame really, I liked watching Knightmare after school with a cup of tea and a jam butty.

We walked to Blakemere Moss after our Gruffalo hunting was done. This allowed us to move away from the crowds of small children screaming that they had dropped their Mr Whippy on the floor or that their sister had pushed them off the log. Instead we found the tranquillity of the very dark, very muddy and quite smelly in parts Blakemere Moss. This is a lovely area to walk around, with plenty of wildlife to see and water for Mia to paddle in.

Delamere does offer a great day out, the car parks can be a little expensive but they have toilets, lighting, good footpaths – all of which has to be paid for and maintained. But I am a sucker for a free muddy layby, boggy ground to manoeuvre and a soggy picnic bench

 

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Reflections in Blakemere Moss (copyright Mia’s Travels UK)

 

 

Rivers, canals, locks and a pub

We love the countryside and we are lucky enough to live amongst some of the most beautiful countryside Cheshire has to offer. If we cross the road at the end of our lane we can walk down a narrow overgrown footpath and end up in open fields full of corn, potatoes and rapeseed, Mia loves these fields and I have fond memories of sledging in them as a child. You can walk for miles just keeping to the fields and crossing a few quiet country lanes.

 

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Fields looking back towards the A49 and (now closed) Horns Inn

 

If we walk a little further afield (approx. 30 minutes) we reach the River Weaver and also the Trent & Mersey Canal. We have a favourite circular walk around this area.

We start out from the Leigh Arms, Acton Bridge and pass through a narrow opening leading behind the cottages on Willow Green Lane. The path opens up into fields stretching out in all directions. A short stroll leads to the Trent & Mersey Canal, from here we take a left along the tow path towards Dutton. There are plenty of points along the canal where you can leave the tow path and head back towards the Leigh Arms to make it a shorter walk but we like to continue until we reach Lodge Lane, Dutton.

Turning left onto Lodge Lane takes you past Bluebell Cottage Gardens & Nursery. We have visited the little café here several times as it offers a nice little break on a long walk when you have children with you. Dogs are not allowed into the gardens (assistance dogs are allowed) however, they are welcome to sit with you at the tables outside the café and are welcome in the meadow – but they must be kept on leads and under control at all times. The gardens and meadow are beautiful, offering a real sense of tranquillity and peacefulness

 

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Trent & Mersey Canal

 

From here we carry on along Lodge Lane and eventually end up back in the fields and heading towards the River Weaver and Dutton Locks. From the locks we follow the River Weaver back towards the A49, walking underneath the black and white swing bridge and back up to the Leigh Arms for a nice cool drink or hot chocolate (depending on the weather)

The Leigh Arms welcomes dogs in the bar area, outside areas (except on the childrens play area) and tap room. Regular dogs get their photo on the dog gallery in the tap room and there is always a tub of dog biscuits to be found. The children’s play area is always popular with Maddie and offers a great range of play equipment including climbing frame, slide, swings and mini “assault” course where you can make your way round without touching the floor

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This is a lovely gentle walk, but due to tow paths and stiles it doesn’t lend itself to push chairs and wheelchairs, however, the stretch of country lane (with no public vehicular access) along the River Weaver is ideal for pushchairs and disabled access. Whilst out on this walk we have seen buzzards, herons, ducks, geese, frogs, moorhens and even a kingfisher twice! It is a beautiful walk any time of the year, with the countryside changing along with the seasons

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Mia loves this walk and due to her not being your typical “ooh there’s water I must go in it” Labrador we don’t have to worry about her getting soaking wet, but there are obviously plenty of opportunities for your water-loving darlings to have a swim. That’s not to say she hasn’t got her footing wrong once whilst having a sneaky drink and fell head first into the canal! Also, watch out for the swans, they are not so keen on inquisitive dogs!

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Cheshire Game & Country Fair

Several weeks ago we received a flyer in the post advertising the Living Heritage Cheshire Game & Country Fair. We have never visited the Fair before, even though we live less than 20 minutes away. The flyer promoted itself on being dog friendly, inviting you to bring your dog along with you. We had nothing planned for the August Bank Holiday so figured why not give it a go.

We set off Saturday morning and arrived at the showground in the gorgeous Cheshire countryside. It cost us just over £30 for the 3 of us plus Mia (there was no charge for dogs) to gain entry into the fair. We had never been before, and had no idea what to expect. We have paid a similar amount in the past for Dogfest and found it a bit of a let down as we were in and out within a hour. We needn’t have worried, we were in the showground for over 4 hours and we could have happily stayed longer

It was working and gun-dog central, the most popular breeds being Labradors (nearly all black) and spaniels – my favourites! Of course there were lots of other dogs there too, we saw Boxers, Dachshunds, Labradoodles, Greyhounds, Lurchers and many more. Dogs were allowed everywhere, including in the marquees, they just had to be kept on leads. There were some lovely breed specific stalls dedicated to breeds such as the Skye Terrier, Chesapeake Retreivers, Beagles, Bloodhounds and much more. A great place to learn and meet the breeds. We even met a very tiny Police dog in training.

There was something for everyone – fair ground rides, food stalls, a cookery demonstration tent, air riffle & archery ranges, shot gun range, fishing pond, ice cream stands, classic & military car display, falconry displays and demonstrations and even ferret racing! Mia decided she did not want to enter the falconry marquee, there was a rather vocal buzzard and a very large (bigger than Mia) eagle so she sat patiently at the entrance sunning herself whilst the rest of us looked round

The three arenas offered demonstrations on everything from Horse-boarding to working ferrets, fly casting to falconry. We particularly enjoyed the demonstration on working ferrets. Mia was rather bemused by it all and decided she would turn her back and watch the world go by whilst sun bathing!

However, her attention was soon ours when we entered the World of Dogs section. First up was doggy lucky dip and sausage bobbing. £1 a go (in aid of Greyhound Gap). First she was allowed to select a tennis ball from a tub and won a doggy prize dependent on the number on the ball. Mia won a little bag of dog treats which she immediately wanted to eat. She then decided to have a go at Sausage Bobbing – a small turtle paddling pool filled with water and a lovely young lady who would place a few bits of cut sausage in so that Mia could “bob” for it. Mia did not get it at all! She is not your typical water loving Labrador. She likes streams, the sea, edge of a lake, but she hates going out of her depth, hates getting her tummy wet and she does not like putting her nose under the water! So after much coaxing we gave up and she was allowed to “forage” for her sausages off the grass instead!

Next up we decided to try our hand at agility. We patiently waited our turn, watching people fail miserably but still having a great time, laughing all the way round. We were feeling rather confident that Mia would give it a good go and hopefully do a few jumps. We watched the dog in front of us take their position- a collie. Good job we weren’t  placing bets because we would have been hustled. The collie did the whole course perfectly, weaving neatly between the poles, running smoothly through tunnels, and gracefully climbing the ramps. Our turn came, we entered the ring and I suddenly realised that every one was watching us, great – no pressure. I unhooked her lead and decided that the best course of action was to do it with her. The first jump I nearly hoofed her in the face. The second jump I did with but she ran round. We tried to entice her through the soft tunnel – nope and she missed a few more jumps. Then, around number 8 she decided she was going to jump and everyone cheered for her! From then on she did most of the jumps, maybe not first time round but she did do them eventually. She even went up and over the ramped obstacles. She was very pleased with herself when she had finished but obviously was not really sure why we were making such a fuss of her!

Next up “Fastest recall” – we always joke that she is my shadow, she follows me everywhere so we decided that husband would take the long walk up the run and release her back to me. The referees arm went up, husband and I signalled we were ready and he released Mia. What followed was approximately 4-5 seconds of me shouting Mia and her stood at the end of the row looking around and sniffing the ground. Suddenly she clocked me and hurtled towards me – time of just over 12 seconds! The fastest so far that day had been just under 4 seconds! We had another run to take, this run was nearer 8s so we took our victory, accepted our participation certificate and left the World of Dogs laughing and smiling. At least she tried!

There were some lovely examples of working and gun dogs. Mia would never be a gun dog – she hated the section with the shot guns, she can’t even find her tennis ball unless she sees where it lands. But we don’t care, she is part of our family. She is our big bundle of malting black fluff and we wouldn’t have her any other way.

We had a lovely day at the fair, husband even treated himself in the air riffle tent – apparently every house needs a Zombie target box! We have vowed to return next year and would recommend it to anyone who loves the countryside and all its loveliness. There was even a marque dedicated to the National Hamster Council – who knew there was such a thing!

Maddie’s blog:

We had a lot of fun. There were lots of gun dogs there. The first tent we went in was the signal1 tent and they had a guess how many chocolates are in the jar – my guess was 135. They give u a leaflet and a free pen then they take your photo holding your number and give u a flag. Me and dad spotted a tent based around guns and the people who ran it had supplied guns for films such as the new Dads Army and they met the Margo Robbie who put in a special request, they ended up making Harley Quinns love/hate gun for the film Suicide Squad. We bought nothing the first time around but at the end looped back and bought a light weight air rifle and a magnet zombie target .I went on a donkey ride,  riding the black one called Toby because we was the tallest and he reminded me of the amazing defender of Gotham City, Batman. We then went to the national hamster council and they had lots and lots of cute hamsters in that tent and a charity stand to help make money. I bought a tiny cute little duck from the 10p basket, a blue beaded crocodile key ring ( I’m obsessed) from the 50p basket and a hand knitted owl key ring for £2 . I really wanted this huge duck but a it had about 10 money spiders in it from being sat in a tent all day and because mum said no . I went on the fun house and the chair-o-planes . I also got a purple 3d walking elephant balloon which I named Jo-j . Then Mia and floppy dog went on the dog agility and flop beat his auntie Mia!

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Thanks for reading are adventures! x

 

Aberdeenshire Part 2

I have always had a fascination with water, not the stuff from the tap – although I do drink a lot of tap water. I love the sea, lakes, lochs, streams, brooks, burns, waterfalls and even puddles. I instantly relax as soon I spot the sea. There was always a completion in our car as kids as to who would spot the sea first on our trips away, me being the youngest and shortest would often be last but I would always be stretching to see over the hedgerows as we drove along the A55 into Wales or as we rounded the corner after Harlech and could finally see our destination of Shell Island.

I can walk and sit on beaches for hours, just watching the waves constantly changing my view. Whenever we are looking to book a holiday, the filters which always gets ticked (after “pet friendly” of course!) are “coastal”, “sea views” “coast within 1 mile”

Our love of the sea is what attracted us to Aberdeenshire and the surrounding  area. Just typing Aberdeenshire Coast into Google image search brings up hundreds of images of clear water, rugged cliffs, stunning beaches and tiny coves.

Our journey to Aberdeenshire was a long one, nearly 8 hours with stops, taking us up and along the M6 (ugh, hate boring motorways although scenery at times was gorgeous), over Shap (heavy rain, concentrating Husband driving rear-wheel drive car),  past Sterling (average speed traps EVERYWHERE), very sunny Dundee (looked very pretty from our car windows), through Aberdeen (very busy, took us forever to get through) and skirting the Cairngorms National Park (stunning) before dropping us down into the seaside village of Portsoy  (yey we arrived)

We settled into our cottage and found a folder full of leaflets & booklets on Aberdeenshire and the surrounding areas. Wine was opened, dinner was cooking on the Aga and we set about planning all the places we wanted to visit. We discovered the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail – 165 miles of clifftops, coves, beaches and towns all signposted from the main road running the length of the coast. We decided that we would split the trail into 2 – East & West of Portsoy over 2 different days

Our first trip out onto the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail took us East of Portsoy. We had chosen to visit Gardenstown & Aberdour Beach and figured we would stop anywhere else that took our fancy on our travels.

 

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Gardenstown at low tide

 

We arrived in Gardenstown at low tide with dark clouds, rain and choppy seas. The town winds down towards the sea, narrow streets with fisherman’s cottages flanking each side, some of which stop just before dropping into the sea. We had the impression the village is formed around a tight-knit community bound by the sea and steep cliffs above. We found a small car park to the far East end of the village right on the beach, donned our waterproofs and headed onto the shale beach. The weather and the choppy seas added to the dramatic coastline of cliffs and rock pools. Maddie found some of the best sea glass on this beach, resulting is us pottering around for hours looking for the best, most colourful sea glass we could find.

From Gardenstown we drove back up the winding streets and back East onto the A98. Upon driving out of the small village we literally left the clouds behind and the sun appeared shining brighter than ever.

 

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Aberdour Beach caves

 

Our next stop was Aberdour Beach with its sandstone caves. We figured that the caves would be best to view at low tide so we timed our visit just as the tide reached its lowest mark. We were not let down, the caves were stunning, some just going into the cliffs above, another passing all the way through back out to the sea beyond. The beach is shale and pebble and can be hard work to walk on but the caves at the Eastern end of the beach are more than worth it. At low tide we were able to explore the caves and surrounding rock pools. Mia loves rock pools, splashing around in them with Maddie

 

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Findlater Castle sitting 50ft above the rocky shore

 

Our next trip out took us West along the Aberdeenshire Coastal Trail. Our first stop was Findlater Castle, nestling on a rocky promontory 50ft above the waves below.  The position of these ruins is stunning, leaving you asking yourself how they built such a structure is such a rugged and unforgiving position. We spotted people walking around the castle, exploring the rooms of the ruins. We decided that we would try and walk down, as paths can be seen weaving their way down to the castle. These paths are very steep and obviously not officially supposed to be used. We had several failed attempts at accessing the castle – our common sense taking over on some parts, however, we eventually found a way to the castle. This is not for the faint hearted, as there are steep drops and we are certainly not recommending it. But our trek down was rewarded by fantastic views from above the castle. There are rooms leading off in all directions, with sheer 50ft drops from openings in the walls. We kept Mia on her lead at all times and didn’t venture very far into the castle itself. It begs you to explore, but you have to remind yourself that it is a ruined structure overhanging the sea. We took some photos, admired the view and quickly retraced our steps back along the path to the hill above

 

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Scottish Dolphin Centre, Spey Bay

 

From Findlater Castle we headed to the Scottish Dolphin Centre situated on Spey Bay. The Aberdeenshire coast is known for its sea life – dolphins, otters, whales & seals and the Scottish Dolphin Centre can be one of the best places to see such wildlife. Unfortunately we didn’t see anything, which isn’t unusual, apparently the animals don’t work to a booking system! 😉 There was a lovely little gift shop, information room and café, but unfortunately dogs are not allowed inside. So we headed out onto the beach to see if we could see anything. The views from the beach are stunning, hundreds of miles of North Sea rolling out in front of you. The centre sits on the mouth of the River Spey, apparently offering a perfect haven for seals and dolphins. But it was not our lucky day and we didn’t see anything, so we jumped back in the car and headed home for dinner!

We loved Aberdeenshire and have promised that we will return. There was still so much that we did not see including the famous Bow Fiddle Rock, The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, we never tasted Cullen Skink in its birthplace and we didn’t visit any distilleries (there are a lot!) or the collapsed sea cave at Bullers of Buchan. There is so much to see and do along this coastline, let alone heading inland to the Cairngorms National Park.

Aberdeenshire – you took our breath away with your rugged coastline, your miles of sandy beaches and friendliness of everyone we met. Mia’s Travels UK will be back and will continue to recommend you to everyone who wants to explore such a varied and spectacular coastline

This area is very child friendly, Maddie loved everything about our holiday. She swam in the North Sea, she explored hundreds of rock pools and loved searching for shells and sea glass on the beaches. The Aberdeenshire Coast is perfect for children, with sandy beaches to build castles and dig, wildlife to spot and crystal clear seas to paddle and swim in.

Mia highly recommends Aberdeenshire for a dog friendly holiday. There are miles of dog friendly coastal walks with coves and beaches for her to explore. As mentioned in part 1 there are dog-mess bins everywhere, so there is no excuse not to clean up after your best friend. Mia gives the Aberdeenshire (and Banffshire Coast) 5 paws. She enjoyed an amazing week away running along beaches, exploring caves, running through streams and chasing her favourite tennis ball.

Thank you Aberdeenshire – you were amazing!

 

Aberdeenshire Part 1 – Portsoy

April saw us spend a week in Portsoy, Aberdeenshire.
We scoured the internet looking for where to stay – our criteria was simple
1. Somewhere we had never visited before
2. Dog friendly beach within walking distance
3. Scotland!
We finally settled on The White Ship located directly on Portsoy harbour (the cottage itself will be reviewed in Part 3)
It was a long drive North, taking us almost 8 hours (including a couple of short stops) but the drive was worth it. We drove into the village of Portsoy, heading down the narrow streets to the harbour. We were greeted by fantastic views and knew we had booked the right place.

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The stunning beach was located a few minutes walk from the harbour, offering a pebbled beach at high tide and fabulous stretches of sand and rock pools at low tide. Mia loved this beach, it was perfect for chasing her tennis ball and we had the beach to ourselves every time we visited. Maddie spent an afternoon in her wetsuit running in and out of the waves, building sandcastles and looking for sea creatures in the rock pools

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The picturesque harbour was surrounded by pretty houses, a pub, fresh fish shop, Portsoy Marble & Beggars Belief Coffee Cove. We enjoyed a delicious homemade scone in the Beggars Belief and dogs on leads are more than welcome inside the café. The harbour features the famous Portsoy Dolphin – a large metal sculpture overlooking the harbour and sea

The village centre was a few minutes walk and offered a lovely range of shops including local butchers, bakery, pharmacy, traditional kilt maker, co-op, fish & chip shop, post-office and the delicious Portsoy Ice Cream.

Portsoy Ice Cream is one of the best ice cream parlours we have visited. They offer a great range of flavours to choose from. Whilst we were there we sampled Unicorn, Condensed Milk flavour, peanut butter, salted caramel, fudgey-wudgey & honeycomb. They offer small tables outside for you to sit with your dog whilst you enjoy your ice cream, however, inside there is Coffee Corner where you can sit and sip a hot drink whilst eating their fabulous waffles & ice cream sundaes.

The staff in Portsoy Ice Cream are lovely and very helpful. The parlour gets very busy but it is well worth the wait, you won’t be disappointed!

Whilst eating our ice creams we always opted for a walk around the Loch of Soy, located to the rear of the shops, where we could watch the ducks whilst we ate our ice creams. There is also a great children’s play area located at the rear of the park. We discovered a walk through a small wooded area which would lead out onto the main road, from here we crossed over and found a lovely walk along the stream, past the church yard, eventually coming out onto the beach by the new hostel

DSC_0313There are coastal walks both East & West of the village, taking you to some of the most stunning views the Aberdeenshire Coast has to offer. We spent 3 days of our holiday based just in the village and along the coastal walks, leaving the car parked next to cottage

Aberdeenshire Council has invested a lot of money in doggie bins, we wouldn’t have to walk far before we found a bin to dispose our doggie bag into. We also found that many of the bins had fully stocked poo-bag dispensers attached. We thought this was a great idea and wish other councils would invest in such a scheme.

We will definitely return to Portsoy. We enjoyed a fantastic dog friendly family holiday. The village was lovely and everyone we met was friendly and welcoming.

 

Mia’s review of Portsoy
Portsoy village – 4 paws
Portsoy beach & harbour – 5 paws

 

 

Maddie’s review
I’m going to write about my top 3 things in Portsoy.
1.Portsoy ice-cream. Portsoy ice cream is not far from the cottage we stayed in. They had a grocery shop on one end and the rest was a huge ice cream parlour. They had mostly ice-cream with all these wacky flavours like unicorn, cream egg and condensed milk. They also have lemon, blackcurrant and raspberry sorbet. They also do a range of freak shakes but we always have the dog so I never got to sample one 😦
2. Portsoy marble . I went to Portsoy marble every day. The staff were lovely and really helpful if needed. From there I got a beautiful marble dolphin for around £5 ,a shark necklace for £2.50 and a big chunk of amethyst for £7 and a 50p egg stand for it to sit on.
3. The beach – I loved the beach. We went for long walks with the hound! Every day we walked along the beach and came back clutching bags and bags of sea glass. I even played in the North Sea and the thing is, it wasn’t even that cold!
floppy dogs review .

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