Alex and I are now engaged!

Me and Alex showing off her ring

This weekend Alex and I got engaged.

Alex on Lunan Bay shortly before we got engaged

On Saturday 4 November, we had been together for 2 million minutes. So I whisked Alex off for a mystery trip to the north east of Scotland.

Me leaping across a stream at Lunan Bay

We visited Lunan Bay, our favourite beach, situated between Arbroath and Montrose. We always came here when we first started going out when we both lived in Dundee. So it seemed like the perfect place to ask, and we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful morning.

Alex and me shortly after our engagement

The ring was made by Scarlett Erskine. I really appreciated her wise advice when we were exploring different options for the ring. We are both delighted with it. 💍

Barley Bothy exterior

After that, we made our way to the Barley Bothy, a glamping facility in a remote part of Aberdeenshire near Huntly. The two holiday lets there have been featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and Shed of the Year. Alex is an architect and she loves a shed, so where better to take her?

Barley Bothy interior

The Barley Bothy is very cleverly designed, with ample storage and an immersion heater placed underneath two box beds to maximise the space. There were only two of us, but four could stay here very comfortably.

Barley Bothy interior

Velux windows in the box beds were another fantastic touch, allowing us to easily take advantage of the rural location for a spot of stargazing in bed.

With a bit of effort working with the wood burning stove, it was easy to get the place very warm. We were surprised to emerge on Monday morning to find ice outside, when inside was at times too hot for us.

Barley Bothy interior

We might go back one day and visit the shed!

Me at the Glenfiddich distillery

The bothy is situated close to the whisky trail, with lots of famous distilleries nearby. So on Sunday, we decided to visit Glenfiddich distillery, who were able to book us on to a tour at very short notice.

Stills at the Glenfiddich distillery

The distillery is well set up for visitors. We’ve been on a few brewery tours before, but have never visited a distillery. So it was good fun and interesting to learn more about how whisky is made.

Monday was our last day away. But on the advice of a waitress at the Glenfiddich coffee shop, we decided to visit Roseisle near Findhorn first, to take in another beach — and a different route back home.

Roseisle beach

Roseisle is a forest and beach looked after by the Forestry Commission. It reminded us a lot of Tentsmuir in Fife, another favourite location of ours.

Roseisle beach

We both love a bit of concrete, so the wartime coastal defences were up our street.

It was a brilliant long weekend in the wilderness with Alex. I’m so excited for our future! 🐌🐢


  1. What a great way to tell people about your wonderful weekend, and, it seems beautifully planned, start to a new stage in your lives.
    Loved the photos and commentary.
    I wish you both long and great happiness together.

  2. I love this! Great news, great photos, great commentary!! All the best for the future, Meiling xx

  3. Wonderful news.

    When we saw you both in Edinburgh the other weekend, Martin and I thought you were very so well suited. Great storyline and photographs of the eventful weekend.

    Congratulations and best wishes for the future.

    Martin and Diane


  4. Thank you Duncan for a lovely blog. 2 million minutes – cue for a song!

    All love to you both

  5. So lovely of you to share your very special weekend
    CONGRATULATIONS and very good wishes for your future together
    great news
    we look forward to seeing you in London soon!
    karen and mark x

  6. Congratulations from us too.

    What a lovely record of what was clearly a wonderful weekend.

    We look forward to seeing you here some time soon if it fits with your plans.

    Best wishes

  7. Congratulations to you both! Nice to hear about how the occasion and the holiday seemed to fit nicely with key themes and moments from your relationship.

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