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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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Colours and reflections from a small hill in Highland Perthshire

This year, I’ve mostly experienced the coming of autumn through our kitchen doors. From the table, where I’m both working and eating most of the day, I have watched as the yellow lime tree leaves swirl down towards the soil. Stems turn slowly into twigs, flowerheads melt, and squirrels dart around, defending their spoils. TheContinue reading “Colours and reflections from a small hill in Highland Perthshire”

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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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A new project: Exploring the relationship between Scotland and social media

‘It’s remarkable how, in just a few hundred years, the way we see the Highlands can change entirely…’ ‘Today we walk through them, cycle over them, climb them, explore them — and photograph them, over and over again. This landscape no longer repels people with its harsh, unknowable obscurity. Instead it attracts them in theirContinue reading “A new project: Exploring the relationship between Scotland and social media”

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