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Why slow travel could be here to stay

With the pandemic turning travel as we knew it upside down, could a slower approach offer answers to how we explore Scotland in the months ahead? I consider this question in Hidden Scotland’s first print magazine, alongside photographs by Fran Mart.

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What the term ‘slow travel’ means to me

I was asked at the start of the year to give a definition of slow travel to accompany an article. My definition is for a world where our phones are forever in our pockets.

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A postcard from… Lochaber, and some thoughts on slow travel

The first few days it rained almost solidly. Between cups of tea and chocolate-sunk biscuits, we turned pages of books as the raindrops tapped the caravan windows. Reading Kathleen Jamie’s Findings, I imagined myself in an alternative weather reality hoping that, in a few days, I’d be able to get outside and note all the intricacies ofContinue reading “A postcard from… Lochaber, and some thoughts on slow travel”

Five Ferries: Off the beaten track in Kintyre and Cowal

AD: This trip was sponsored by West Coast Waters, a campaign to celebrate Scotland’s diverse west coast ahead of VisitScotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters (#YCW2020). Having grown up and spent almost all of my childhood holidays on the west coast, sharing my love for this part of Scotland was a blogging project dream-come-true. WeContinue reading “Five Ferries: Off the beaten track in Kintyre and Cowal”

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The temptation to take photos

As I noticed the flowers, I had to stop myself from taking my phone out of my pocket. Why that anxiety, that desperation, to document this moment? This essay explores that feeling and trying to fight it.

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