Author: Laura

  • A postcard from… Mount Stuart cottages

    AD: I visited Mount Stuart as part of a sponsored trip with West Coast Waters. It’s a campaign to celebrate Scotland’s diverse west coast ahead of VisitScotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters (#YCW2020). A postcard from the Kennels… I don’t usually write any stand-alone blogs on the accommodation we stay in during our weekend adventures around Scotland… […]

  • 24 hours on the Isle of Arran

    Looking over to Goatfell from Brodick, Arran

    A watercolour white haze sat on the horizon, with cyclists and cars streaming towards the harbour in anticipation of good weather. This trip was sponsored by West Coast Waters.

  • Hashtag Scotland: Our road trip on film

    This Hashtag Scotland project has grown proverbial arms and legs! Initially, when tour guide Nicolas and I started talking, we saw it as a blogging project. Perhaps we’d publish a few posts on our websites, or take a few photos. Instead, we took a road trip over a long weekend in May to document what’s […]

  • Behind the lens at two of Scotland’s most popular places

    The next blog in this series is finally here! Apologies for the delay — I got a bit distracted by summer weather and cycling the Fife Coastal Path. Anyway… In the introductory blog to the #HashtagScotland project, I mentioned that the writing I’d shared around social media and travel back in 2018 had led me to […]

  • 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 of […]

  • Geotagging, exploring Scotland and the pursuit of likes

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    I answered some questions via Instagram about social media, Scotland, and how we can protect our landscapes whilst sharing them with others online.

  • A long weekend in leafy Perthshire

    Kenmore from above, through the pines

    There are some spots in Scotland that, to me at least, seem seasonal. The iced Fife hills, sprinkled with sheep, are my end of winter. The secret gardens of East Lothian, blooming in rainbows, are where I spent my spring weekends. The rockpooled coasts of the west, with their white sands and clear tides, are […]

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

    A woman stands with her camera pointing towards a cloud-shrouded mountain in Glen Coe, Scotland

    ‘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 their […]

  • A postcard from… Inverness and the Black Isle

    Exploring with the locals. It’s been over a year since we were last in the Highland capital. My partner and I fell in love there, where he grew up, so the city and its surroundings are like a planet we orbit around, its emotional pull growing with each return visit. Last holiday weekend we were […]

  • A postcard from… Aberdeen Jazz Festival

    Advertisement: This post is sponsored by VisitAberdeenshire and Aberdeen Festivals. That day at work, I was talking to my colleagues about New Orleans. I’d recently watched a few films about Louisiana, and — in a very suburban twist, for me at least — had begun sinking into jazz playlists on Saturday mornings whilst I baked, so […]