Autumn in Glasgow’s gothic West End

With its sandstone-lined streets and distinctive mock-gothic university, Glasgow’s West End is beautiful. And its recent role as Boston and Harvard in Outlander has only bolstered its popularity with a new audience. This is a bourgeois bubble of Scotland’s largest city but for me, it holds more memories than a quick cameo in a TVContinue reading “Autumn in Glasgow’s gothic West End”

Finding fairytales at Preston Mill, East Lothian

As I write, looking out the window of our flat towards Arthur’s Seat, here or there a pioneering tree shouts its last of the season in yellow ochre. The dormant volcano’s rump is going from green to purple, the outcome of that colour wash the inevitable dull brown of deep winter. I wonder how manyContinue reading “Finding fairytales at Preston Mill, East Lothian”

A guide to the ultimate Outlander road trip

Ad: This trip was sponsored by VisitScotland. Even before Outlander first hit our screens back in 2014, one thing was crystal clear. Scotland is magical. Okay, the likelihood of travelling back in time through standing stones or meeting an entrantress in the pub is slim, but you just have to look at our country toContinue reading “A guide to the ultimate Outlander road trip”

On the Outlander-inspired Jacobite Trail

AD: This trip was funded by the National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, National Museums Scotland and the Palace of Holyroodhouse to promote #JacobiteTrailblazer. Here in the UK, Outlander has finally made it to our terrestrial TV screens. As tempting as it is to binge-watch on the box — even on a sunny day —Continue reading “On the Outlander-inspired Jacobite Trail”