22 Aug 2018

The Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar

Elphinstone Hotel Biggar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Elphinstone Hotel Biggar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Elphinstone Hotel Biggar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Elphinstone Hotel Biggar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Elphinstone Hotel Biggar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Elphinstone Hotel Biggar Review | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

My mum and I love programmes like Four in a Bed and Hotel Inspector, so I guess it’s only natural that I also love visiting new hotels. Reviewing hotels is definitely one of my favourite “blogger perks”, and I always love being able to share these perks with my friends and family, too. My mum and I were originally supposed to head down to Biggar earlier this year, but when my dad’s health issues came to light we had to postpone for a couple of months. Instead, we ended up taking our trip to Biggar to review the Elphinstone Hotel at the start of this month, making it a welcome end to both of our summers. 

Biggar sits right on the edge of the Clyde Valley and The Borders, making it a great base for exploring some of the beautiful tourist attractions on offer in both areas. It’s about an hour’s drive from Glasgow and the same from Edinburgh, so it’s not too far to travel and the route is very scenic - winding through the countryside with great views over the hills. Nearby, you’ll find plenty of botanic gardens, museums and country estates, as well as long walks, waterfalls and cycle paths aplenty.

We arrived in Biggar at about 4pm on a Saturday afternoon and checked in to the Elphinstone before heading out for a wander around the town before getting ready for dinner. It’s a quiet little town, but it has some lovely independent shops and charity shops to peruse - another favourite activity for me and my mum. I could have happily spent a whole day browsing their local bookshop. Things were closing up as we wandered, so we didn’t have time to stop in every shop, but we wandered the length of the town to see what was on offer. Alongside the shops, there were some little museums to pop your head into, as well as a puppet theatre.

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15 Aug 2018

Flying the Nest

Flying the Nest | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Flying the Nest | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Flying the Nest | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Flying the Nest | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

How do you know when you’re ready to make the move?

Recently, Paddy and I have started making moves toward, eh, moving. We’ve been together for over eight years now and it feels right that we finally start thinking about moving in together. We’ve talked about it plenty of times before, but the timing has never been right up until now.

This is the first time in our relationship where we’ve both been living and working in the same city since I left high school. I spent two years studying in Aberdeen, and then when I returned neither of us had a job that would have really allowed us to move out. Then, Paddy did get a job, but it was hundreds of miles away in Leicester, and I had a degree to finish.

Now we’re both in the same city, both with jobs that put us in a position to afford the responsibilities and necessities that come with moving out, and it’s time to look at flying the nest. Our original plan had been to move out within the next few months and rent closer to the city centre, but we’ve since realised that saving to buy is a bit more attainable than we’d first realised.
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7 Aug 2018

citizenM London Shoreditch

CitizenM London Shoreditch Hotel Review Where to stay London | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
CitizenM London Shoreditch Hotel Review Where to stay London | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
CitizenM London Shoreditch Hotel Review Where to stay London | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
CitizenM London Shoreditch Hotel Review Where to stay London | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Our First citizenM Experience

Visiting London is frustratingly expensive sometimes, with a long weekend costing just as much as a week abroad. As amazing as the capital is, it’s somewhere I don’t visit half as much as I’d like. In fact, until my visit earlier this month, it had been the best part of four years since my last visit.

We spent a long time deliberating over hotels, but as CitizenM had been a brand we’d wanted to try out for a while now, we ended up picking their Shoreditch hotel for our stay. There wasn’t much difference in price between this and some of the other hotels we’d look at, mostly around Shoreditch or Tower Bridge, with three nights setting us back just short of £380. This didn’t include breakfast, which was an additional £16 per person.

The Shoreditch hotel is easy enough to get to - after arriving in Euston we hopped on the tube to Old Street, and from there it was less than ten minutes walking. It’s tucked away down a side street, but you can’t miss it as it’s pretty tall. The main lobby is on the first floor, as opposed to the ground, and consists of a bank of self-check-in desks. There was a short queue when we arrived, but it had soon dissipated before we’d even had a chance to find our booking reservation.
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