Ending the long summer holiday with a bang not a whimper, I’ve just spent a few ‘misty moisty mornings’ and sun drenched evenings in the beautiful Scottish Highlands before the long autumn term consumes me.

Visiting the lovely Victorian spa town of Strathpeffer was pure joy, not least because of the superlative chocolate (both to eat and drink) on offer at Maya.

Another delight was Leakey’s Bookshop, which claims to be Scotland’s largest secondhand bookshop with 100,000 volumes. Fabulous.

What more could anyone desire?

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