Isle of Harris Restaurants and Cafes – Support the Local Community Part 3

Isle of Harris Restaurants view

This is the third post in the series about how to support the local community when you are staying in Self Catering accomodation on the Isle of Harris.  The first post introduced you to the Isle of Harris food shops so you know just where to get your provisions.  In the follow up, second post, I introduced you to some of the fantastic people selling fresh Harris fish.  Now we turn our attention to all the fantastic Isle of Harris restaurants and cafes.  From Real People was started to encourage…

Fresh Harris Fish – Support the Local Community Part 2

Harris Fish - Food of the Gods

If you are visiting the island and staying in self catering accomodation there are lots of ways that you can help support this wonderful island community.  This post is the second in the From Real People series about supporting the local community.  The goal is to show you that you don’t need to fill your car before you arrive or buy everything at the chain supermarkets in Stornoway.  There are loads of wonderful ways that you can have a great holiday while also buying from local businesses and helping them…

Harris Food Shops – Support the Local Community Part 1

Northon Village Isle of Harris

Buy in Harris Food Shops and Support the a Community When you are staying in Harris Self Catering there are loads of things that you can do to help support the local community.  This is the first part a bigger post that will cover the whole subject of the Harris Community businesses.  We kick off with some great info about the local Harris food shops, so that know where to go on the island and don’t feel the need to bring everything with you.  In follow up posts I’m going…

Flights to Iceland – How to Get Great Prices

Flights to Iceland Eyjafjallajökull

Thanks to it’s wonderful scenery, Iceland is now firmly on many people’s holiday bucket list.  Before you can turn your Icelandic dream into a reality, you first have to figure out how to get the best deal on your flights to Iceland.  There’s a huge range of possibilities, so choosing the best one for your needs and importantly, your budget can be a total nightmare.  Thankfully, I’m here to help you understand the main airline choices for your flights to Iceland.  Whether you are coming from the US, Europe or…

The Beaches and Beauty of the Isle of Harris

Harris Beach

Nothing Prepares You for the Beauty of the Outer Hebrides When I show people my pictures of the beaches on the Isle of Harris they often think they are of the Maldives or the Caribbean.  You can try to describe the beauty of these stunning islands.  You can try and persuade people how amazing they are with just a few photographs.  I even took some video to show my friends what an amazing unspoilt Scottish island the Isle of Harris really is.  In reality, there’s no substitute for visiting in…

Harris Art Trail

Harris Art Inspiration

The Isle of Harris is famous for it’s wonderful beaches with golden sands and, if you are lucky, not another person to be seen.  Add to that the rugged hills and beauty of the machair, the island is truly one of the most inspirational places on earth.  Such beauty serves to inspire the creative juices of locals and visitors alike.  This means that the Harris Arts and Crafts scene is another great reason to visit the island.  Join me on the Harris Art Trail that will take you across the…

Flights to Stornoway, Barra and Benbecula

Fly to Barra Beach

Flights to Stornoway, Benbecula and Barra The Outer Hebrides are a group of beautiful islands that are located in the North West of Scotland.  The islands have beaches that are as good as the Carribean, yes really!  If you don’t believe me, check out most post on the fabulous Isle of Harris.  As well as the golden beaches, you can expect truly breathtaking scenary and a tranquility that is hard to beat. Many people take the Ferry to the Outer Hebrides but if you are coming from outside Europe or…

Cologne Christmas Markets – The Best Insiders Guide

me-with-feuerzangen

The Cologne Christmas Markets are some of the most famous in Europe.  People travel from all over the world to come and soak up the magic of Christmas  in this lovely German city.  I’m lucky to call Cologne home and believe me it really is a magical place at this time of year!  There’s nothing better to get you in the mood for Christmas than a drinking a warm Gluhwein while taking in the atmosphere of Germany’s Magical Christmas Markets. It’s nearly 6 years since our family moved to here…

Ferry To The Outer Hebrides – The Low Down on the Different Options

Ferry to the Outer Hebrides

Finding Your Way to the Isles of Harris and Lewis by Sea When it comes to the Scottish Islands, there’s nowhere quite like the stunning Isle of Harris. The adjoining Isle of Lewis is equally as beautiful. Both are located in the far north west of Scotland in the Outer Hebrides, across the water beyond the Isle of Skye. Their beaches look more like the Caribbean than Scotland. The experience of walking alone on miles of golden sand is something almost impossible to experience anywhere else in the world. All…

Medieval Bad Munstereifel – A Great Cafe in a Rejuvenated Town

Bad Munstereifel View

All over Europe and beyond, the social fabric of our towns and cities have been challenged by the death of traditional High Street.  In the early 2000s the wonderful medieval town of Bad Munstereifel was faced with exactly this problem on a cataclysmic scale.  Located around 60 km south of Cologne in central Germany, despite it’s medieval beauty, the summer tourist trade was not enough to support the many local businesses.  Like many other places, the local government and community of Bad Munstereifel had to come up some innovative solutions.…