Autumnal wanders around Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace

Holyrood Palace is to Edinburgh locals what Buckingham Palace is to Londoners. Even though I’ve only lived in the Scottish capital for a year, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve passed by the tall dark gates, peered curiously through the bars or seen tourists hurry towards the entrance. It’s one of those spots — aContinue reading “Autumnal wanders around Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace”

Autumn at Aberlady Nature Reserve, East Lothian

It’s only when you move to the city after years living in the countryside that you realise you were completely spoilt. As a child, I could close our front door and in minutes be surrounded by fields, thick woodland and one of the most controversial pieces of modern architecture Scotland has ever seen (more about that here). Now,Continue reading “Autumn at Aberlady Nature Reserve, East Lothian”

What to do during a short break in the Scottish Borders

When I was younger, we used to spend a fair bit of time in the Borders. I remember waking up to chilled windows, icy ditches down Kelso fields and trees hidden under frozen fog, back in those days when the October holidays were actually cold. When you’re used to cities or (at the very least) industrialised west coast towns,Continue reading “What to do during a short break in the Scottish Borders”

Tantallon, East Lothian: Exploring a castle on the edge

Standing on the edge of East Lothian — with golden fields to your back, the Bass Rock ahead of you, and slim Fife on the horizon — you can almost imagine that this landscape has barely changed in centuries. Aside from the new roads and oil rigs floating out at sea, there’s one part of this rockyContinue reading “Tantallon, East Lothian: Exploring a castle on the edge”

A postcard from… A summer holiday in Arisaig

When you tell folk that you are spending the summer in Scotland, they frequently utter that ‘oh right’ or ‘hmmm’ murmur that basically translates as, ‘Good luck with the weather.’ However, when you manage to sneak in that you’re actually heading to Arisaig, they nod and know exactly why. If you have ever visited the isolatedContinue reading “A postcard from… A summer holiday in Arisaig”

Three Isles Tour: How we visited 3 Scottish islands in 10 hours

Ad: This complimentary trip was provided by West Coast Tours. Views are all my own. Ever wondered how it’s possible to visit 3 Scottish islands in just 10 hours? I can’t say I had either. Yet for us, this jam-packed mission was about to become a reality as we packed our overnight bag, left Edinburgh behind andContinue reading “Three Isles Tour: How we visited 3 Scottish islands in 10 hours”

A peaceful picnic at Inveresk Lodge Garden, East Lothian

Last week, a fat envelope plopped onto our doormat. Surely I’m not the only one who still loves getting a letter? I tore open the white cover and inside were two National Trust for Scotland membership cards and a guidebook showing the Trust sites. Ever since, we’d been plotting where exactly we were going toContinue reading “A peaceful picnic at Inveresk Lodge Garden, East Lothian”

A picnic at Ardmore Point, Helensburgh

Returning to the west coast last night in a blur of service stations and neighbouring vehicles, the sun rose again on another beautiful May day this morning. We’d left Edinburgh behind and the near-constant pollution — both noise and traffic — had dissolved into quiet village life. I love coming home, and to be honest,Continue reading “A picnic at Ardmore Point, Helensburgh”

A guide to Scotland’s quiet Kintyre coast

At the beginning of April, we took a long weekend off work and spent it in Kintyre. For those of you who aren’t sure where this overlooked county of Scotland is, it’s the long peninsula at the very end of the A83 road through Argyll and Bute. Home to Campbeltown, a lot of farms andContinue reading “A guide to Scotland’s quiet Kintyre coast”