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).
why I blog about Scotland
I’ve loved reading and writing since I was a young child (yes, one of those kids who ‘published’ their own magazines on a dodgy printer from the early 2000s). After coming back from working in France, the beauty of Scotland — from its landscapes to its people — really struck a nerve and I realised that writing and photographing the magic of our wee country was something that gave me a huge amount of joy. And here I am now!
the meaning behind LARETOUR
‘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 bit of a bugger trying to explain it to folk now though!
Over the past few years, I’ve been incredibly lucky to work alongside some great organisations to support projects I’m really passionate about through digital copy and social media. I’ve worked with VisitScotland, Historic Environment Scotland and Barbour to name a few. Read this page if you’d like to find out more about working with me.
a big thank you
I guess it’s a little strange that I work at a screen all day and then come home to write online… But there’s something about the creativity of blogging that I just love. And I truly appreciate every view, comment and share on here. It’s lovely to think I’m showing different parts of Scotland to audiences from around the world — and even lovelier to think my writing might make you want to visit!
I read every comment & try my damnedest to reply to each one (in-between the full-time job!) so thank you.