Gigha: An ideal island day trip

It would be fair to say that Gigha might not be at the top of your ‘Scottish Islands to Visit’ list. It’s one of the smaller, understated and perhaps less tourist-friendly dots on our coastline and — with just over five square miles of fertile land to explore — you could quite easily tick itContinue reading “Gigha: An ideal island day trip”

A short and sweet walk above Aberfoyle, Trossachs

The Trossachs is one of my favourite areas of Scotland. Sitting north-east of Loch Lomond — about an hour from Glasgow — it’s a range of rolling hills, hidden lochs and cute cottages on the waterfront. It’s one of those ‘places of my childhood’. Do you know the ones I mean? Those hideaways you alwaysContinue reading “A short and sweet walk above Aberfoyle, Trossachs”

A weekend afternoon at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

Some weekends, you just can’t be bothered sitting in the car to escape the city. You don’t really want to have to deal with the Saturday morning congestion, the families heading for the countryside and others going to the supermarket. And then you think, ‘Why don’t I just stay put and explore my backyard?’ SoContinue reading “A weekend afternoon at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh”

The mystery of Achamore Gardens, Gigha

Update: With thanks to Colin for sharing this news, several gardeners were employed in March 2020 to oversee Achamore. I’m looking forward to returning one day. We recently spent a long weekend under a raincloud in Kintyre. Well, we weren’t just under a raincloud; we also alternated between a wigwam and a pub. You getContinue reading “The mystery of Achamore Gardens, Gigha”

A day trip and watchtower walk in Inveraray, Argyll

We’re forever gravitating towards Argyll. Long weekend? Night in a B&B? Favourite walk? Whatever and whenever the opportunity, we’ll always leave the city and head towards this rugged, remote region of Scotland to escape from it all. I was lucky to grow up in a tiny village on the border of Argyll and Bute proper. Continue reading “A day trip and watchtower walk in Inveraray, Argyll”

My first taste of winter mountaineering in Scotland

Always wanted to try your hand at hiking in the white stuff, but not sure where to start? Just like me, then! I was lucky enough to attend a Winter Skills Course with ClimbMTS a few weeks ago so — if you fancy giving it a go — here’s the lowdown on what might be your best ever dayContinue reading “My first taste of winter mountaineering in Scotland”

A wintry day hike up Fife’s East Lomond hill

Winter in Scotland has been pretty half-hearted this year. We’ve had a few flurries, far more on the highest hills, but for those of us in Leith… well, it’s been non-existent. So when snow is forecast, us city dwellers do the obvious — chase it. Last weekend, we took the car over the Forth RoadContinue reading “A wintry day hike up Fife’s East Lomond hill”

A snowy hike up Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

We are — very slowly — exploring Edinburgh. I can’t believe how long it takes to get used to a city. I can navigate parts of Leith, the New Town, even the Royal Mile, but the rest? It’s a mystery. Quite unlike our flat, which within a week, felt like home: dinners made, dishes washed,Continue reading “A snowy hike up Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh”

Growing up by St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross

I first caught wind of the NVA’s sparkling proposals for St Peter’s a few weeks ago on Instagram. Since moving away from Cardross — my childhood home for over 22 years — I had been out of touch with the village. But a social media mention of Hinterland — the ambitious sound and light showContinue reading “Growing up by St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross”

Where to stop on the Borders Railway

Ad: My day on the Borders Railway was part of a press trip with VisitScotland.  Sometimes, when you’re sitting in an office most of the day, you forget how beautiful nature is. The season when this contrast is most apparent is autumn. Jump in the car after a day at work, and your background isContinue reading “Where to stop on the Borders Railway”