We've been inspired by the beautiful spring weather to get busy with the paint and brushes to give The Lucken its annual spruce up. When we bought the cottage one of the first jobs we tackled was the faded cream and burgundy exterior. Blue and white was an obvious choice for the seaside location. We think it looks great, even if we do say so ourselves! We have a busy holiday season in prospect and it's great to see that we have more repeat bookings this year than ever before
As our tans start to fade it's great to look back on the fantastic summer when Mother Nature pulled out all the stops with wall to wall sunshine. Guests have filled our visitors book with tales of golden days on the lovely beaches of Angus, picnics in the glens and dolphin and puffin spotting adventures. But now the weather has cooled thoughts are turning to indoor pursuits. We finally found time to visit our very talented neighbour's ceramic studio on Auchmithie beach. Two g
Who knew the term milling around came from the days when the local mill was the beating heart of rural communities? That was just one of the interesting facts we gleaned from a visit to Barry Mill near Carnoustie. Our guide Charles was full of fascinating stories about the importance of mills to society and his enthusiasm for the restored mill was infectious. There has been a mill at Barry since the fifteen hundreds. It was threatened with closure in 2009 but thanks to a gr
Happy New Year to one and all! It's been a great start to 2018 at The Lucken. We've been fully booked for January. Guests from Edinburgh popped some corks and celebrated hogmanay at the cottage. And what hardy folk they are. They marked the first day of 2018 with a dip in the harbour. Just the thought of that takes our breath away! Auchmithie is a well known cod mark and The Lucken has been playing host to those keen test the theory this winter. One lucky guest caught five co
Happy New Year to guests past and future. With the dawn of a brand new year we find ourselves preparing for our third season welcoming guests at The Lucken. We never dreamed that we would be as busy as we are, or that we would enjoy our new venture as much. We have been amazed at how far our visitors have traveled to stay at our clifftop cottage. Last year saw families from Austria, Switzerland and Germany arrive at The Lucken, as well as those who came from the length and br
It was a case of dejavu this week as the first guests to book The Lucken when we began operating last year, returned. It was lovely to welcome Geoff and Gill back for a second visit. They were lucky enough to stumble across a smokie making demonstration on the beach at Auchmithie. Of course Arbroath smokies should really be called Auchmithie smokies as the recipe and technique originated here, it's thought this may go back to the days of the Viking raids in the 11th century.
What very artistic guests The Lucken attracts. These beautiful pictures were taken by the Malcolm family who spent a week at the cottage. Judging by these stunning images, much of their time was spent beach combing! Auchmithie is a great place to explore rock pools and caves. There's an abundance of jasper on the shore (dark red rock with green/yellow patterns). These eye catching stones were favourite gems in ancient times and were often carved to make seals for important