When spring exploded this year — in a patchwork blanket of bright colour, little leaves unfurling like party poppers — it felt new. To me, at least. I had no deja-vu; I couldn’t recall the same season in my Edinburgh memories from last year. It could well have been due to other distractions at the time but — whatever it was — spring seemed more vivid … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: A blossom walking tour!
Wandering around a city’s streets at night is never something I’m prone to do, unless I’m stumbling out of a pub (which happens about twice a year…) or I’m wandering home from work in the depths of winter. And so it was that a few Fridays ago — as the dark fell early yet again on Edinburgh — I met up with the lovely Frances (a … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: Grassmarket at night
We’ve been having such nice weather in Scotland during the past few weeks that I’m actually in mourning — no more three month university summers! So to atone, I took a day off work last week, stuffed my day pack with a fleece and a camera, and went for a wander with B. After much indecision, we consulted our tiny Edinburgh Walks book and strolled — in … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: Stockbridge to Dean Village
This might be the closest to insta-blogging I’ve ever come (can we make this a thing?). 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 constant pollution — both noise and traffic — had dissolved into quiet village life. I love … Continue reading A picnic at Ardmore Point, Helensburgh
I love the Trossachs. 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 always feel safe in, that bring back fuzzy memories of sitting in the backseat of the car … Continue reading A short and sweet walk in the Trossachs
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 day in the Scottish outdoors. The week before One week to … Continue reading My first taste of winter mountaineering
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 Road Bridge and onto the Fife plains, direction Falkland. It’s a … Continue reading A wintry walk in Fife