The prettiest places in County Donegal, Ireland

Oh, Ireland. You flirted with us and then flung us around. We drove through the emerald hills, eyes stuck to the twinkling lochs and treetops. We stopped and tiptoed along the sand, spellbound as the clouds raced overhead. And then… we broke down. So that’s why it’s called the luck of the Irish… After a sunny thenContinue reading “The prettiest places in County Donegal, Ireland”

Three heatwave escapes near Loch Lomond

We don’t often get heatwaves in Scotland but when we do — boy, do we lose our shit. There are queues outside the local ice cream shops, even the most sallow skinned of us Scots end up burnt and most men in the vicinity are sporting ‘taps aff’ fashion (even though for us, a heatwaveContinue reading “Three heatwave escapes near Loch Lomond”

Why I think getting outdoors is essential

I’ve often wondered if I could ever live in a city. Having spent my whole life growing up in a west coast village, I’ve had the luxury of both vast greenery and vibrant Glasgow right on my doorstep. And as much as I love the bustling west end, one of my favourite things to do is leaveContinue reading “Why I think getting outdoors is essential”

Getting lost in the Trossachs

‘A breath of fresh air’. I’ve never been a fan of cliché expressions, but in this case I’ll make an exception. I am forever amazed at what fresh air does for the soul. Really. This week, we packed a bag of snacks, took jackets in case the sun disappeared, and drove north. Our destination wasContinue reading “Getting lost in the Trossachs”

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 wanders in different areas of Glasgow and the west, from city to coast. Alongside each stroll, I’ve suggested an eatery (because we all know that’s the best reward after a day of exploring!)

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,Continue reading “An autumn walk (and cake stop!) at Loch Ard, Trossachs”

Crinan, Argyll: A back-in-time road trip

As the crow flies, the canal-side village of Crinan is just thirty miles from us. Unfortunately (fortunately, really!) we live on the west coast of Scotland. The spectacular scenery here – bending sea lochs and skyscraper mountains – doesn’t lend too well to tarmac additions. The road stretches for almost eighty miles. Limbs freeze inContinue reading “Crinan, Argyll: A back-in-time road trip”