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Explore the world, from the comfort of your home

- April 14, 2020 -

The world has changed in the most extraordinary way over the last few weeks and now instead of planning holidays and day trips, we’re at home for the near future. We’ve had a think about the kind of things you would have been doing and we’ve compiled some great ideas for places you can visit, without leaving your home. Some of these great attractions, people and places are going above and beyond to create great experiences for you to enjoy.

Glasgow Science Centre would have been welcoming thousands of visitors this Easter but instead, like many attractions, it remains closed. You can still enjoy some of the great fun you would have if you visited in person, via their live ‘Glasgow Science Centre at home’ feature every weekday at 10am. Each day is a different subject with a range of topics including Spinning Forces and Apollo 13 50th Anniversary Egg drop challenge.

You’ll be able to travel further than you ever expected during the holidays, as museums throughout the world virtually open their doors for you to explore. You can wander round the British Museum, tour the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and visit the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul.  In fact, via the Google Arts & Culture, you can visit and tour 500 of the worlds best attractions. This is also a great tool to use for those home schooling children at the moment.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is closed to the public but is offering live cams so you can check in on your favourite sea creatures including the Sharks and the Penguins.

If you’re a lover of music, no matter the genre, there’s plenty on offer. Many well loved singers, such as Pink, Chris Martin and Miley Cyrus have been offering live concerts and entertainment. Gary Barlow has been performing duets with a range of super stars including Brian May, Matt Lucas, Olly Murs and Katherine Jenkins.  It’s worth looking at the social media of your favourite musicians to see what they have to offer. BBC Arts are running Culture in Quarantine bringing arts and culture to you in your home, including theatre experiences and The Met Opera is streaming live performances for you to enjoy.

If you live locally to Dumfries and Galloway, the brilliant Mr Pooks restaurant in Castle Douglas are offering an at home service.They create a three course meal, with a range of sides and even wines, which they deliver to your door (see their website for delivery areas).  If you don’t live locally to Mr Pooks, there are many restaurants of all kinds across the country that are adapting and offering delivery services to their customers.

If you’re keen on staying fit, or want to take up a new exercise whilst at home, hundreds of the UK’s most well known fitness experts are taking to social media and to YouTube to create at home workouts.  Joe Wicks the Body Coach is offering PE with Joe every week day morning at 9am, live on his You Tube channel – and it’s not just for the kids.  You Tube has hundreds of free workouts, so whether you fancy giving Crossfit, Pilates, Yoga, HIIT or boxing a go; or whether you want to try them all and see what you like best, you’ll find content that suits you.

At a time where it’s never been more important to stay connected, why not start something new with a friend or family member. Exercise together virtually, start a book club, learn a new language, host a quiz night or investigate your family tree.  There are plenty of apps such as Zoom that allow you to talk with your loved ones face to face and the internet has endless resources to help.

Wherever you are in the world and whatever keeps you happy during these testing times, we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and stay well.




Happy Clients who have stayed with us

  • What a stunning house. We loved everything from the fully stocked kitchen to the cosy decor to the open fires and luxurious bedrooms. They've thought of everything - even a games room, x box, and treasure hunt for the kids!
    Jenny Fitzgerald-Craigbittern
  • We were very fortunate to stay at Craigbittern with our friends while we had a weekend in Sandy Hills. It's a gorgeous, well appointed house with everything thought out. The kitchen is fully equipped, there's a game room, a den, a nice sitting room, a living room with a fire place, a full-dining etc. Really recommended for a big group of friends or family. Craigbittern is big enough for people to go about their own thing - go for a walk on the beach, read, watch movies, enjoy the fire in the living room, play pingpong, nap, etc. Can't wait to go back and enjoy a weekend away from the city!
    Ben Yarker- Craigbittern
  • Okay, so the best thing about Craigbittern was the space, it was large enough not to be tripping over each other (we were three families, including 6 teenagers). We often go away together, but in other places we have been a bit cramped at some point (parking, kitchen, dining, whatever..). Actually the dinning room is fabulous and we all sat together at the table for dinner which does not happen very often any more. And the games room was a hit. Oh, and I got 4G (on Vodafone) which is a rarity in this part of the country. The wifi’s fine, but it was getting hammered by the kids. We had a very lovely holiday stay in a chilly mid-February and would very happily come back again
    Iain Forrest-Craigbittern
  • What a perfect place to celebrate with friends! The house is beautiful with real fires and huge sofas to relax on with a film, book or just enjoy the wonderful sea views - the beach is just across from the house. We had fun playing table tennis in the games room! The surrounding area is great for walking but I found it hard to leave the house and gardens as this is one of the most relaxing places I have ever stayed at!
    Ros Rowcroft- Craigbittern
  • We stopped here for new year with a large bunch of friends and what a perfect way to see in the new year. The house is amazing and very well equipt, from the decor and furnishings, the hidden den for the kids, cosy throws and a real fire, farmhouse style kitchen and the stunning beach just over the road. There's a lovely coastal walk up to kipford which has stunning views and at the end a pub to enjoy a well earned drink! It's a great holiday home to escape day to day life and I will certainly look forward to spending time here again!
    Rebecca Louise Adam

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