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One of the prettiest beaches in Angus - Lunan Bay

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One of the prettiest beaches in Angus - Lunan Bay

Scotland you are spoiling us! We have had this May and June so many prefect days for an outdoor adventure! If this weather continues, no one will ever believe us that it rains here most of the year. We have been so spoiled  with this glorious weather and it’s not even summer yet.

It was still May when we packed our photography gear and headed out to Lunan Bay. It was sunny and warm and almost zero wind. Simply amazing. Ironically, while we were filming our yoga sequence I got a notification from the Met Office issuing a heavy rain warning in the central and west part of Scotland.We never got a drop of rain tho. ⚠️

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Lunan Bay is probably one of the prettiest beaches in Angus. It offers you a magnificent sweep of sand, with a cave and arch at its northern end. Beyond all the sand dunes you can see ruins of the Red Castle, proudly overlooking the bay. It is hardly surprising that in 2000 Lunan Bay was voted the best beach in Scotland. It’s a good place to visit after a heavy storm go find some hidden gems as the beach is famed for its good sources of agates and other gemstones. It’s one of those places that unless you are local, you wouldn’t have known of.

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We arrived to the area before 9am but the sun was already strong. By noon the ground got so heated the condensation created a faint smudge of steamy smoke hovering just above the ground and into the water.  We had a great day of recording some yoga footage, with a simple sequence from Finlay’s book, playing with Coops and soaking in the beauty of this amazing place.

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Yoga on the beach is a fantastic idea. You can try poses without fear of face planting because let’s face it, the landing is pretty soft! 

I also had an opportunity to play with Finlay’s camera, Canon EOS 600D . It’s not the newest model but pretty amazing and sharp. It’s an entry-level model so perfect for anyone wanting to take their iPhone photography to the next level. Those pictures were done with a 70-300mm lens, it’s a telephoto focal length lens so helps you to capture the detail of distant subjects and gives you that lovely blurry background (with a little help of well adjusted low F stop). This is what I came up with today.

I use Nikon myself so it was a great to play with Canon and explore all the functions it has to offer. I have been chatting a lot with my photography pals Siobhan and Kirsty about Canon, they both are professional photographers and using full frame Canons. So this is a wee treat.

Now, acro... well this was another adventure! After a few hours on the beach we decided to move up and explore the ruins of the castle. The Red Castle of Lunan is a ruined fortified house on the coast of Angus. The earliest structure on the site was built for King William the Lion in the late twelfth century to repel Viking invasions to Lunan Bay. It was rebuilt several times and pretty much used until 1770 but in the last few centuries in went into a gradual decline so all we can see now are the ruins. 

We set our camp, secured Cooper and off we went to film our acro...however the uneven ground, a whole group of tourist that appeared out of nowhere and walked on us and Cooper chewing on the lead meant that I dismantled myself off the very first pose, landed on Finlay, practically gave myself a concussion and almost broke my pinkie finger (although not sure how I managed that). We just really like a good dose of drama! I am pretty sure the whole Angus could hear us laughing, cursing and laughing more (just imagine the facial responses of those poor, confused tourists). 

We had no food today but our friends recommended finishing our day with a naughty and very vegetarian lunch and the Lunan Bay Diner. Vegan burgers with halloumi cheese AND baked beans - yummy!! Even Cooper enjoyed it. 😂

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Our journey to the wild amphitheatre of the rocky Corrie Fee - with Kilted Yogi

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Our journey to the wild amphitheatre of the rocky Corrie Fee - with Kilted Yogi

This was my second visit this year to this wild amphitheatre of rocky landscape! It was amazing to see the changes a few months can do and I am hoping to show you both the winter wonderland and spring awakening. 

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This whole area was sculpted thousands of years ago by the power of ice and water which left behind corries, cliffs, moraines and a mesmerising river. Today, this beautiful area is a true haven for plants, birds and animals. Sadly, it is also an example of Britain’s lost wilderness areas as it was untouched by humans for centuries up until about 200 years ago.When sheep farming was introduced this area started attracting more deer which meant that trees and sensitive plants didn't stand the chance. The woodland virtually disappeared and grassland expanded. Deer population now needs to be controlled, wolfs are gone, and sheep roam the world. This makes me so incredibly sad as I really wish human hands were less invasive. 

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We decided on Corrie Fee as the weather was shaping beautifully but we had very little time. First stop was the Ranger’s Office. Did you know you can check in before you embark on your walk and check out afterwards for added safety? This way if you won't come back they will know by sundown and send a rescue party. 

Once you start walking the route crosses White Water and follows the bewitching Fee Burn into the nature reserve. It's a stunning site with the magnificent bowl shaped valley backed by a impressive waterfall. We came here when the waterfall wasn’t too dry just yet so the pictures are exceptional. As we started so early, the whole way up we were alone and this quiet, remote landscape was literally filled with roaring, tumbling noise of only water and sounds of the nature – here you can really understand why corrie in Gaelic also means ‘cauldron’.

Look at the difference between March and May…stunning !

Finlay managed to climb all the way to the top of the waterfall which you can watch on our video below. I stayed with the kids (aka pups)  keeping them safe and calm (and saving my fear of heights for another adventure)

One of my favourite drinks to take for a sweaty, exhausting hike is my chai latte (aka. toxic coloured broth), filled with nutritious fats and energy…if you eat to learn how I make it then jus follow this link. 

Now, the big thing about this trip is that we finally got back to our aero sessions! Finlay and I used to do it literally every day, creating those wee videos from the gym, parks, studios. Two years ago when my husband and I decided to open a wellbeing studio in Broughty Ferry our whole energy was literally poured into creating this space and we both got a little bit lost in the amount of work and challenges a new business brings. As I was entering into 2018 I made a pledge to myself to come back to all those things that used to fill up my heart and let go of those draining me. Acro was one of them. 

When was the last time when you had to trust the person that is literally holding and balancing you over the edge of a cliff! ⠀

Strength and independence have been the backbone to my identity since the first day I walked into nursery and was confused by all the tears of other kids pleading their mums not to leave them for just a few hours. The same thing happened at 18 when I became a fully independent young adult living alone. Yep - strong and independent - but I really had to be! How else would I conquer the world and make any sense of my life?! ⠀

And then the AcroYoga happened. In Acro the roles are reversed, the submissive role (flyer) can’t just go and exert the dominance. I’m literally folded in half and perched upon my partner’s feet. And need to listen really carefully! I’m a meter or more off the ground (on this video a hell a lot of more!) and I can easily imagine how much it would hurt to smack my face on the ground. 

It really did make me think why have I always felt like I need to be the strong and independent and why it’s sooo hard for me to just let go and trust. I have neglected AcroYoga for a few years and just recently begun peeling back my negative connotations from dependance and weakness. It takes time but it feel really liberating to just trust somebody else and let them hold you. 

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Adventures in Scotland - interview with Anna Mach

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Adventures in Scotland - interview with Anna Mach

Today we were interviewing Anna who visited Scotland in December 2017. We were eager to see what she loved and disliked about our country. 

Where did you go?

I went to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, Inverary, Oban, Kilchurch Caste, Castle Stalker, Glencoe and many other stunning locations.

Why did you choose to come back to Scotland?

17 years ago I got off a bus on Waverley Bridge in Edinburgh and immediately fell in love with everything that was around me. I have been coming back every year (or more) since then and never regretted a single journey. It does not matter whether it’s to visit my sister in Dundee or take a new friend to see the Highlands. Almost any location in Scotland is stunning and breathtakingly beautiful!

What was most memorable?

The lovely accent, the hospitality of the people (especially in Glasgow), the hairy coos, the black-faced sheep, the seagulls crying and the time when we got to feed a deer.

What part of your trip did you like the most?

Driving around the Highlands

What part you didn’t like?

The cold snap as I happened to fly directly into -7C. We also found it difficult to work out the heating system in the flat were I was staying. The food might have also been a bit better but I come from Poland and it’s difficult to beat ours ;)

Any travelling tips you can give us?

Just come to Scotland, you will not regret it!

When are you coming back? 

In May 2018 and then again and again and again…


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Anna Mach owns a translation company based in Warsaw, Poland. It is called: ‘Wordy World’ and specialises in legal translation. She is a professional world traveler and a lover of animals, yoga and all things Scottish.

While in Scotland Ania went on a Discovery Scotland one-day  tour to explore Highlands (mainly as she is afraid of driving on the left side :)

All images were taken by Anna.

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