You can build a den in the woods, make a fire and roast marshmallows over it, go wild swimming in a river or lake, pick wild fruit and eat it or make jam.
Here are our youngest visitors enjoying a rest in the den they’ve helped to build – finding and dragging all those branches was hard work!
Swimming in a deep pool in a mountain stream – cold, but only for the first minute – and in Loch Tay:
Fire building on the shores of a lake:
The Highlands town of Aberfeldy combines a traditional British livestock and produce show in the morning with a Highland Games in the afternoon.
There was a lot of noise – sheep, cows and horses were all competing for prizes. And all kinds of pet dogs were competing in the dog show, with categories such as “cutest dog”.
One large tent was full of flower arrangements, home-grown fruit and veg, home-made cakes, and all sorts of other things, as the locals competed for yet more prizes.
In another tent you could buy craftwork or food. I bought some delicious hot-smoked salmon and a slice of carrot cake.
In the ring, there was the impressive Strong Men competition, which is the highlight of any Highland Games. The men (usually very burly) have to throw a variety of very heavy objects as far or as high as they can.
There were running races for adults and children, Scottish dancing competitions and Tug-of-War.
The final event of the day involved picking up and carrying an incredibly heavy stone. Anyone could have a go. Plenty who tried couldn’t even lift the stone off the ground, let alone walk with it. The stone was wheeled around in a specially designed wheelbarrow – because no ordinary person could move it any other way.
It was a great day out – so much to see and do, in a town which is already one of our favourite places to visit, surrounded by beautiful Highland scenery.
This fortnight the European Championships 2018 are being held in Glasgow and Berlin.
We’ve been to the Golf Championships at Gleneagles, only a short drive from Crieff, on the beautiful PGA Centenary Course.
And to the BMX Championships in Glasgow. A very exciting competition with massive jumps and a number of falls. One competitor had to be taken off on a stretcher.
Last week we held a fun concert for family and guests. We managed: songs with organ and clarinet, poetry (including a funny poem about a little boy who eats a whole chocolate cake), a song from Italy used to encourage a rider in the famous horse races held in Sienna, and a lesson in Spanish flamenco dancing.
In the countryside around Crieff you can pick a wide variety of wild fruit:
Cherries (make great jam), raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, white currants, bilberries.
The fields and moors are full of wild flowers.
We’ve just come back from the annual jousting tournament at royal Linlithgow Palace.
There was jousting (combat between knights on horseback), hand to hand combat, and acrobatics by the jesters.
As well as lots of medieval displays and re-enactments: falconry, music, archery, wolfhound dogs, armour, etc.
We offer family homestays – and these are very popular. We welcome families of up to 4 people (5 people is sometimes possible – please ask). Sometimes both parents come, sometimes 1 parent. There is no lower age limit for your children.
Both adults and children can take English lessons – alone or together, as preferred.
We have lots of trips and activities that are fun for children. Including plenty of outdoor and indoor games. Crieff has great parks, a river and lovely countryside. We are a 10 minute walk from the centre of town, with its shops and cafes. You can visit Edinburgh as a day trip.
Here are some photos of the youngest family that we have had so far.
1) A fan of high quality crime novels and their authors?
2) Interested in improving your general, business, legal or Human Resources English?
This September you could combine the 2 with a visit to our family homestay – with a 3 day international crime writing festival in the historic city of Stirling, and your choice of English lessons. It’s also a chance to discover the landscapes and history of this very beautiful part of the world.
Stirling is easily accessible from our homestay by public transport or car.
Talks by bestselling crime writers from the UK and around the world, and lots of other crime related events. For more detail, see the Festival’s website at:
Strawberry picking, followed a couple of weeks later by raspberry picking, is one of my favourite family traditions.
We have lots of wild fruit here in Scotland, but to stock up on basketfuls of delicious soft fruit, nothing beats a good Pick Your Own fruit farm. We have tracked one down – half an hour from us, but the drive is through beautiful countryside, and it’s well worth the trip.
This is a great afternoon out for all the family. If any fruit survive the drive home, strawberries are obviously delicious with sugar and cream, but they make a great sorbet too.