Push the boat out for a happy Mother's Day
Mother's Day is almost here. (It's on 11th March to be exact). If you're perusing the Internet, looking for thoughtful Mother's Day gifts, or if you're about to order another bunch of flowers, then how about we help you push the boat out a little further this Mother's Day? Organising a wee trip west for Mum might just fit the bill perfectly.
Take tea in a mansion
Taking tea in a mansion! Doesn't that sound like the most impressive of Mother's Day gifts? Book a springtime trip to beautiful Bute - just 33 miles from Glasgow. It's the most accessible island on Scotland's west coast, and it's home to Mount Stuart House - a remarkable and sprawling neo-gothic mansion, built in the 19th Century. Mount Stuart is getting ready to reopen on 23rd March, from when you can enjoy everything from a scone and jam in the mansion's kitchen to a rarely seen masterpiece from the Bute Collection and 300 acres of some of the best gardens in Europe.
Sail to the spa
When it comes to Mother's Day gifts, gifting a busy mum some 'me-time' is a thoughtful gesture, and time out at a spa is perfect. A trip to the ASPA at Auchrannie resort on Arran is extra special since it's the ultimate in island relaxation, and it has Mother's Day written all over it. Their treatments are renowned for their use of wild plants, celebrated for their purity. Their post-treatment sorbets are just as legendary. Not taking the car? If you are booking one of the spa packages, you can even ask the Auchrannie team for a lift from the ferry terminal.
A trip to magical Mull
Organising a day trip to magical Mull - home to an elegant castle and noble birds of prey - could be one of mum's most memorable Mother's Day gifts. Setting sail from Oban, you can be in Mull in around 46 minutes, yet it feels like a world away. As you approach the island, one of the first sights you'll see is Duart Castle - standing proudly on the headland. It opens for the season again on 30th March. Book Mum some tickets so she can explore this ancient ancestral home, and even enjoy a cuppa inside the castle walls - before heading off to explore the rest of the island's gems. She might enjoy popping into Tobermory - a picturesque fishing village with its line of brightly painted houses on the shore. Maybe she will have time to hop across to the ancient island of Iona - just ten minutes off the coast of Mull - a haven of tranquillity and the burial place of ancient kings. Mull is sure to make Mum feel special.
Over the sea to Skye
If Mum is a foodie, then a trip over to Skye, just 45-minutes from Mallaig, could be one of the ultimate in Mother's Day ideas. The Hebridean island has an incredible selection of good restaurants that are passionate about making proper use of the island's natural produce. From intimate fine dining to enjoying the catch of the day in a bustling refurbished byre - the choice is yours. Taking the boat means she'll have more of a chance to enjoy the epic, otherworldly landscapes of Skye. When you're on the island - other sights like the Cuillin range and the Quiraing are as stunning as they sound. It is little wonder Skye is one of the most popular destinations in the country.
Sample the history and heritage of the Outer Hebrides
For the ultimate in Mother's Day gift ideas, how about some CalMac vouchers to create her own Hebridean voyage to further flung locations? She can build her own island hopping adventure, at her own pace, to the Outer Hebrides - soaking up its heritage and beauty as she travels. From the peace and tranquillity of the wild Atlantic beaches to the windows into a lost world - like the preserved traditional Blackhouse on Lewis. A voucher for a trip like this is permission to slow down and relax - the mother of all Mother's Day gift ideas.
Push the boat out for Mum this year. With Mother's Day gift ideas like these, you'll be giving her the gift of time. Whether that's time to relax, time with family, or time to explore - the West Coast is the perfect place to spoil her. Keep the flowers for another time, and head over to our destinations page to plan her most memorable Mother's day gift yet.