Many walks from our doorstep

Many walks from our doorstep

If you like walking, when planning your visit to House of Mark it would be helpful to have a “what to bring” list. Below are some suggestions; please note, Scotland can have four seasons in one day!


What to bring:

  • Walking boots. There are sixty walks directly from our doorsteps. The terrain can be icy, muddy and rough.
  • All outdoor walking clothings. Do not forget to include hats, gloves and scarfs.
  • Sun cream ( some of our Spanish staff got some burnt here).
  • Thermos flaske just in case.
  • Map compass and camera /mobile phone.

Take pictures of your walks always fun to look back on!



Open Adventure

Open Adventure

August 2012

Very little sleep this week as I’ve been hosting a transition stage of the 5 days of ‘Open Adventure’

The competitive race started in Stirling and ended in Stirling 620kms later. The teams made up of four people to include a least one female were from all over the world. They had to mountain bike, canoe, orienteer, or run on different stages. Teams started to arrive at House of Mark from 02.00 on Wednesday and were still arriving after 21.00, these teams being the premier teams who chose to take a harder lengthier route. A busy day!

House of Mark fed and watered the teams and helped the transition to the next stage a mere 105 kms run. The event organised by Open Adventure’s team and workaholic enthusiasts will be shown on channel 4 in the near future.
The whole race is an eye opener for any would be Mr and Mrs Fit who thinks a triathlon is easy.

Take a look here is the leading team really tired now after a few days no stop




June 2012

I find occasionally I need time to myself to reflect on life and generally think things through, we probably all do, don’t we? Glenesk is an ideal place to have some solitude for a few hours.  With my soul mates at my side (Zoe and Lola, my dogs) as company, I set off to make my first visit to The Queen’s Well.

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Queen’s well

An overcast day, fine drizzle and low cloud I followed the path with the Water of Mark on my left, not far before I spied a small herd of red deer approximately 150 yards away I sat on a rock to watch them  for a few minutes grazing at the side of the water what an amazing sight.  How lucky I am to have such wonderful wildlife on the doorstep.  Time to move on and after about 30 minutes of easy walking I suddenly see the ‘stone crown’ in the distance, a strange feeling came over me thinking that I was on the same path as Queen Victoria used to ride.

For those of you visiting this part of the world, it is well worth visiting the Queen’s Well.  My venture taking less than a couple of hours in total with the occasional stop,  binoculars at the ready, then returning home feeling refreshed and at peace with the world, new ideas in my head and two sleepy girls ready to stretch out in their beds.