Scotland painting holiday, the North Coast 500
Description of Scotland painting holiday, the North Coast 500
2022: 28 Aug
'Free from' Food:
We are happy to say that we are able to cater for vegetarians and vegans. Being a dairy-free vegetarian myself I know how difficult it is to explain your dietary requirements in different countries. That is why we make sure we are able to cater for vegans and vegetarians.
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
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PlanetI am passionate about the environment and particularly the area around which I live. I would never allow any guest to contribute to polluting or disfiguring the landscape in any way or do so myself either as a result of these trips or otherwise. All litter is taken home and disposed of responsibly.
Sketching and painting tends to be a peaceful activity with minimal impact on the environment but nevertheless I always encourage responsible behaviour with consideration to wildlife and native plants.
Although this is a 'journey', taken by road, Inverness can be reached by public transport from other parts of the UK so a holiday here need not involve a flight.
I have arranged the itinerary in order to stay in most places for more than just one night; while this is unavoidable on some nights I realise a multi-night stay is generally preferable.
As this holiday allows you to choose and book your own accommodation for the locations we visit, you will also have the chance to stay in hostels, allowing you to bring your own bedding (sleeping bag) if this is your preference.
PeopleI have lived in the north of Scotland for many years (most of my adult life) and am very much part of a small, close-knit community which I call home.
While I do not provide or reserve accommodation on this trip I would be delighted to help you find a suitable place to stay which will be locally owned and run.
We sample local cafes and restaurants during the trip and have the chance to visit a wonderful pottery, started and run by a local family for over 40 years, where you can watch the artists and craftsmen at work. There are opportunities to visit galleries, craft shops, National Trust properties and a whisky distillery en route which enhance the local areas and provide employment.
The local people along the route are proud of their heritage and history and many have been here for generations. Northern Scotland has accepted a steady flow of tourists for years, although a fair proportion of inhabitants still live by other means, while remaining warm, friendly and welcoming to respectful and genuinely interested visitors, especially those who appreciate the gentle pace of life and are not just galloping through.
For tourism to work for both local and visitor there must be mutual respect and a recognition that no matter how 'wild' and uninhabited a landscape may seem, it is in fact someone's home and wherever we drive, park, walk and sit we take this into consideration. I would never allow or condone any form of pollution, littering or other dessecration which might be detrimental to either a member of the community or the environment.