An early autumn escape (and 3 walks) in pretty Perthshire

I’m in love with autumn in Scotland — it’s like a childhood sweetheart I’ll never shake. Watching the leaves fall, mimicking the snowflakes that will come later, seemingly from the heavens. The soft switching of the colours, so hard to spot until the trees and hills are full-blown brown. The movement of the wildlife, theContinue reading “An early autumn escape (and 3 walks) in pretty Perthshire”

Finding fairytales at Preston Mill, East Lothian

As I write, looking out the window of our flat towards Arthur’s Seat, here or there a pioneering tree shouts its last of the season in yellow ochre. The dormant volcano’s rump is going from green to purple, the outcome of that colour wash the inevitable dull brown of deep winter. I wonder how manyContinue reading “Finding fairytales at Preston Mill, East Lothian”

A guide to the ultimate Outlander road trip

Ad: This trip was sponsored by VisitScotland. Even before Outlander first hit our screens back in 2014, one thing was crystal clear. Scotland is magical. Okay, the likelihood of travelling back in time through standing stones or meeting an entrantress in the pub is slim, but you just have to look at our country toContinue reading “A guide to the ultimate Outlander road trip”

Away with the birds: A trip to Bass Rock

Ad: This was a complimentary trip but all views are my own. The sea holds something special for me. Growing up a stone’s throw from the River Clyde and holidaying on Highland shores meant that the tide and its creatures were backdrops to my childhood. Since moving to Scotland’s capital Edinburgh in my mid-twenties, theContinue reading “Away with the birds: A trip to Bass Rock”

On the Outlander-inspired Jacobite Trail

AD: This trip was funded by the National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, National Museums Scotland and the Palace of Holyroodhouse to promote #JacobiteTrailblazer. Here in the UK, Outlander has finally made it to our terrestrial TV screens. As tempting as it is to binge-watch on the box — even on a sunny day —Continue reading “On the Outlander-inspired Jacobite Trail”

5 historic hidden gems in Scotland’s central belt

AD: This trip was sponsored by Dig It! to promote their Hidden Gems campaign, giving some love to some of Scotland’s lesser-known historic jewels. One of my favourite phrases — which I fire at friends and visitors alike — is, ‘there’s history everywhere you go in Scotland.’ But in some parts of our dear green country,Continue reading “5 historic hidden gems in Scotland’s central belt”

A spring day trip to North Berwick

Since the start of May, the weather on Scotland’s east coast has been stunning. Even if the days have dawned with the greyness of sea mist, by lunchtime it’s burnt off and the sky is a marvellous blue. We’ve been getting out as much as possible to enjoy it (because you never know how longContinue reading “A spring day trip to North Berwick”

A blossom walking tour of Edinburgh

When spring explodes in Edinburgh — in a patchwork blanket of bright colour, little leaves unfurling like party poppers — it always feels brand new (to me, at least). I can never recall this season in Scotland’s capital as vivid as it appears to my tired, winter-dulled eyes. When you have an afternoon to yourselfContinue reading “A blossom walking tour of Edinburgh”

Sunday afternoons at Söderberg

Ever since B’s car broke down a few weekends ago, we’ve been like birds with clipped wings. No more weekend migrations to the coast or the Highlands; no last-minute road trips back west to see my family; we’ve even started getting our shopping delivered (this feels a little lazy and too twenty-first century to me).Continue reading “Sunday afternoons at Söderberg”

The start of spring at Dr Neil’s Garden, Edinburgh

It feels like spring has truly arrived. The streets are buzzing with cosmopolitans sporting denim jackets (myself included). Cliques sit outside hipster cafés and bars in the mild heat. The brave souls among us even have their pale legs out in the sunshine (myself not included). This is the kind of weather I’d forgotten I loved,Continue reading “The start of spring at Dr Neil’s Garden, Edinburgh”