One of the flights of stairs you take on the way up to the Golden Gallery of St Paul’s Cathedral. Not for the faint hearted – go early if you want to reach the top but are slightly claustrophobic; I wouldn’t like to climb these when there is a crowd! I arrived just after opening and was one of only a handful of people at the top.
This is one of the views I get on my favourite walking route near my home. It’s very much my sanctuary. I tend to go early in the morning, when I know there won’t be too many people about, so it’s quiet, peaceful, calm, relaxing. I don’t wear earphones to listen to music when I’m walking, I like to hear the silence. I love turning the corner onto this view, I know it’s coming and I start to smile.
Last week I was at a work day out in Aviemore and we spent the night at a fabulous spot on the Inshriach House estate. This place won Shed of the Year 2015 and I can confirm it is a thoroughly deserving winner. Crossbill gin is distilled in the shed and it also includes a ladies waiting room, honesty store and small bar. A 15 minute walk from the shed is the Beer Moth (the truck in the pictures) which you can rent out, there is a sauna in a shed nearby and another shed with a compost toilet. They also have a shower and flushing toilet for use across from the main shed. I believe you can also stay in a yurt and a bothy and you are truly at one with nature out here! I imagine it would be very unlikely to come across too many people so you will get some real peace and quite. The main shed is a great party venue – they set us up a long picnic bench and served up a tasty bbq, we didn’t even mind when it rained a little later in the evening!