About me

hello, I’m Laura.

Originally from a quiet village on Scotland’s west coast, I now live & work in Edinburgh, our beautiful capital city.

On weekdays I’m in an office doing social media, but at weekends I just wander & enjoy the simple things. Whether that’s disappearing into a book, café hopping in the city or — my favourite — breathing in the fresh outdoor air, there’s no better place to take it all in than here in Scotland.

Say hello over on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook (Instagram’s my favourite).

frequently asked questions.

What are the best Instagram spots in Edinburgh? Until I get a blog post written, here’s a quick list: Calton Hill (sunset, take a tripod!), Circus Lane (cute-but-cliché street in bourgeois Stockbridge), Salisbury Crags (Arthur’s Seat’s quieter sister) and Dean Village.

I’m visiting Scotland. Where should I go? Tough one! If you’re planning a short stay, Edinburgh may well have it all: culture, castles and city vibes in a oner. If you’re more outdoorsy, I’d suggest going to Glasgow. Not only does Scotland’s biggest city have some fantastic museums and a great social scene, but iconic landscapes like Loch Lomond and Glen Coe are easily accessible. Want something a bit more magical? Head north. Exploring the Isle of Skye, road tripping around the North Coast 500 or holiday like a local in Arisaig… The list is endless!

What does LARETOUR mean? ‘Le retour’ means ‘the return’ in French. When I was on my year abroad, my friend encouraged me to set up a Twitter account & ‘returning’ to Scotland was all I could think of. So after playing around with my initials I chose LARETOUR… & it’s stuck ever since. It’s a bugger trying to explain it to folk though, haha.

Where are your favourite Edinburgh cafés? Söderberg is our favourite spot right now for coffee and cake, and there are several dotted around the city. Other cafés I love are Lovecrumbs (Grassmarket), Burr & Co (George Street in the city centre), Milk at the Fruitmarket Gallery (by Waverley train station) and Relish (close to Leith’s Shore).

Do you work with brands? I do! I’ve been lucky enough to work with some great organisations on projects I’m really passionate about like VisitScotland, Historic Environment Scotland and Barbour. Read this page to find out more.

a big thank you.

Some people may find it strange that I work at a screen all day and then come home to write… but there’s something about the creativity of blogging that I really love. Every view, comment and share is a ‘wee’ miracle. It’s lovely to think I’m showing different parts of Scotland to people, and even lovelier to think my writing might make you visit our beautiful country.

I read every comment & try my best to reply to each one (in-between the full-time job of course!) so thank you.

Featured image © Barbour. Read more about the #BarbourTartan trip here.

2 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Laura
    We are just in love with your country. My parents are citizens of the UK and my hubby and I have plans in place to relocate (chlisten and dogs included) to whichever town in Scotland will have us. I have felt a pull to Scotland since I was a child (probably thanks to all my grans stories) and I cannot WAIT to become a Scot and raise my family there. I want to thank you for your blog….We are filing them in our “things do do when we get there” box. Aside from the “touristee” norms you take the time to show us treasured and beautiful less obvious places…..A big big thank you to you.

    On a personal note, I simply adore your writ in style.

    1. Hi Nicola! I am SO sorry I have not replied to this yet – my poor blog has been rather neglected of late! How are you? How are your relocation plans coming along? Haha 🙂 I wonder where you live just now? You are right, Scotland is a marvellous country and I think any town in Scotland would have you – you sound like a proud Scot already, so would fit in perfectly! 🙂 And a big thank you for your kind, kind words about my blog. As an OCD blogger, I really appreciate it! Do get in touch if you have any questions… and good luck on getting here! 🙂

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