Author: Laura

  • 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, […]

  • 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 show […]

  • Where to stop on the Borders Railway

    What to expect at an Instameet

    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 is […]

  • Getting lost in the Trossachs

    I’m forever amazed at what a breath of fresh air can do for the soul. This week, we packed a bag of snacks, took jackets in case the sun disappeared, and drove north. Our destination was Aberfoyle, a small Trossachs town that boasts a lane of old-fashioned shops, cosy cafés and a profusion of natural […]

  • Four favourite walks on Scotland’s west coast

    These walks won’t get your muscles defined, nor will they give you vertigo. Instead, these are four of my favourite leisurely strolls in different areas of Glasgow and the west, from city to coast. Alongside each wander, I’ve suggested an eatery (because we all know that’s the best reward after a day of exploring!) Loch Lomond […]

  • An autumn walk (and cake stop!) at Loch Ard, Trossachs

    We love Aberfoyle and the stunning scenery that surrounds it. Just under an hour from Glasgow, the winding A81 will take you past the concealed village of Drymen, then through rolling hills before larger crags appear from the earth. Home of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (which features more glorious walks around waterfalls and under wires, […]

  • A postcard from… Camusdarach Beach, Arisaig

    If I could travel north every weekend, I would. And if I could choose, I’d go to Camusdarach beach, between of Arisaig and Mallaig. Although ‘famous’ thanks to the 1983 film Local Hero, the bay is tranquil and in off-season can be practically deserted. It may be far to go just to escape, but it’s worth it for […]