asking for trouble

Weekend Up North

Culloden Battlefield

I recently spent a long weekend visiting my family before I head off to Japan. The weather was….interesting. We had beautiful sunny days and also quite a few showers of snow and hailstones.

Culloden Battlefield

On the way back from Inverness, we stopped off to have a walk around Culloden Battlefield as it was the 270th anniversary last weekend. So much history in one small area!

Knockando Wool Mill

The next day we went up to Knockando Wool Mill, a working mill that makes woven blankets, yarn and accessories. It’s completely free and has loads to look at.

Knockando Wool Mill

We got a demonstration of the old weaving looms from 1896 that still work perfectly. It was so interesting to see how it all worked, and incredibly noisy. I posted a video on Instagram if you want to see it in action.

Knockando Wool Mill

All the tools of the trade! There was so much colourful yarn lying around.

Knockando Wool Mill

You also get to see other parts of the process, including how they make the yarn from lambs wool. There’s also a really good cafe.

Snowy Ben Rinnes

On the way home, we were determined to capture snowy Ben Rinnes and got extremely muddy for it. It was at leat ten times prettier than it looks here.

boyne castle

Over with my mum, we had another go at visiting Boyne Castle, a ruin near Portsoy that is fairly inaccessible. It was a bit wet and muddy, but we managed it. The ruins still look pretty spooky, but the blue skies and greenery help a lot.

Boyne Castle

You could barely see the path for all the vegetation and our shoes were soaked.

Boyne Castle

Overall, lots of fun! You can see more photos at my Flickr.


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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