Granny Annie, Edie and Freda enjoying a carton of chips by the shores of the Beauly Firth. The Kessock Bridge, pictured in the background, offers a shortcut to the Black Isle and the Northern Highlands of Scotland.

A trip to the UK wouldn't be complete without a portion of chips by the seaside. That was our excuse anywhere. The gulls circled, hoping for some scraps, but there was no chance of that as our takeaway was scoffed in record-breaking time. Edie went scrambling on the boulders, fell over and saved her chin but returned home with an enormous graze on her tummy and rib area. Our theory is that she's going through a growth spurt and losing track of her weight, size and limb-length. She's currently sleeping in the car. Much safer there.