I’ve been going to Scotland for as long as I can remember. I always want to be there more. I’ve said for a few years I wanted to drive round the Highlands and Islands properly but there are always reasons not to do it all in one go so I’m making a point of doing it in smaller chunks.

Some of my best memories of Scotland are from when I was small and we stayed in a caravan overlooking the beach. I need to acquire and electronify these pictures. The gulls keep calling me back. I once had a trip on the inshore lifeboat. Trixie has been a couple of times and also quite enjoyed herself at Coldingham .

Trixie’s cousin Misty lives above Gare Loch. They met nose to nose and were both very well-behaved.

We had a short weekend to fit round a good weather window exploring the hammerhead peninsula and other parts of Wigtownshire. Our first stop was Monreith . At Killantringan we did some scrambling . She enjoyed walking round the Mull of Galloway .

The Hebrides have had my interest for a while. I have been to Skye a couple of times with a day trip to the Outer Hebrides. Trixie spent a week on Tiree where she had a good scramble at Vaul and spent hours exploring the rocks and sand at Gott Bay .

We spent a few days on Bute where Trixie spent 1/2h telling me there was a small mammal in the sea wall at Rothesay . I decided we needed to explore more of the west coast islands. In a second trip we started off by passing through Arran on our way to the Mull of Kintyre . From here we headed up to Colonsay where we spent a lot of time on the beach at Kiloran and finished off with a few days on Islay .