With Mother’s Day a matter of days away you may be starting to panic at the sudden realisation that you’ve yet to post (or even buy) a card, never mind sort out a gift.

As a mum of two young boys, my idea of a treat is a cup of tea and a lie in until 7.30am, before the chaos of our normal day begins. However, if you’d like to treat your mum to something a little bit more special then we’ve got a few suggestions:

1. Get away from it all

Whisk her away for a couple of days. Try Muckrach Country House Hotel, recently ranked 3rd best in the UK by TripAdvisor. Or if you’ve got little ones with you head to Hilton Coylumbridge which has a soft play area and a swimming pool, as well as lots of outdoor fun. Alternatively try Royal Deeside Woodland Lodges for a bit of quality time in a lovely quiet spot and take advantage of Loch Kinord Hotel’s restaurant being on your doorstep.

Muckrach Country House Hotel in the Cairngorms National Park
Muckrach Country House Hotel


2. Eat, drink and be merry

Speyside, in the Cairngorms National Park is famous for it’s whisky so visit one of the world famous distilleries and see what all the fuss is about. Not a whisky fan? Caorunn Gin is handcrafted in the Cairngorms National Park. Caorunn expertly infuses five locally foraged gin botanicals. If alcoholic treats aren’t up her street then let’s face it, cake is a safe bet. Friends recently brought me a piece of the Mountain Café’s gluten free raspberry and chocolate brownie – it was so good I ate the slice they brought for my husband as well, don’t tell him though.


Glenlivet Distillery
Glenlivet Distillery


3. Pamper her

All mums need a bit of ‘me’ time. Get her booked into on of our local spas for some serious R and R or Pinterest has brilliant ideas for home made spa treats. Many of them are pretty simple so Dad can get the kids to help make them…


The Retreat, Aviemore
Pamper Mum with a Beauty Treatment


4. Show her a good time

One thing I miss is having the time to get outdoors, up mountains, whizzing down slopes, disappearing on my bike, learning how to ice arrest! So my idea of a treat would be getting out for the day to go exploring my way. The Cairngorms has over 1,700 square miles to explore (and is home to 3 of Scotland’s ski areas) – I think that will keep most people busy! So get those ski passes, book an outdoor skills course, dust off your bike, or just grab your walking boots, and get out there.


Loch Morlich by Hendy Pollock
Loch Morlich


5. And if all else fails

there’s always flowers!


I’m off to post my belated cards – Happy Mother’s Day!