Spending time in a coffee shop can be an experience of itself, not simply the act of sipping a hot drink. This is my love letter to some of my favourite cafés in Scotland.
AD: This trip was sponsored by West Coast Waters, a campaign to celebrate Scotland’s diverse west coast ahead of VisitScotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters (#YCW2020). Having grown up and spent almost all of my childhood holidays on the west coast, I’m excited to share more of this part of Scotland with you. After disembarkingContinue reading “24 hours on the Isle of Bute”
There’s a reason why this remote Scottish peninsula was an ideal hideaway for former Beatle Paul McCartney. This trip was sponsored by West Coast Waters.
AD: I visited Mount Stuart as part of a sponsored trip with West Coast Waters. It’s a campaign to celebrate Scotland’s diverse west coast ahead of VisitScotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters (#YCW2020). A postcard from the Kennels… I don’t usually write any stand-alone blogs on the accommodation we stay in during our weekend adventures around Scotland…Continue reading “A postcard from… Mount Stuart cottages”
A watercolour white haze sat on the horizon, with cyclists and cars streaming towards the harbour in anticipation of good weather. This trip was sponsored by West Coast Waters.
The first few days it rained almost solidly. Between cups of tea and chocolate-sunk biscuits, we turned pages of books as the raindrops tapped the caravan windows. Reading Kathleen Jamie’s Findings, I imagined myself in an alternative weather reality hoping that, in a few days, I’d be able to get outside and note all the intricacies ofContinue reading “A postcard from… Lochaber, and some thoughts on slow travel”
There are some spots in Scotland that, to me at least, seem seasonal. The iced Fife hills, sprinkled with sheep, are my end of winter. The secret gardens of East Lothian, blooming in rainbows, are where I spent my spring weekends. The rockpooled coasts of the west, with their white sands and clear tides, areContinue reading “A long weekend in leafy Perthshire”
Exploring with the locals It’s been over a year since we were last in the Highland capital. My partner and I fell in love there, where he grew up, so the city and its surroundings are like a planet we orbit around, its emotional pull growing with each return visit. Last holiday weekend we wereContinue reading “A postcard from… Inverness and the Black Isle”
Advertisement: This post is sponsored by VisitAberdeenshire and Aberdeen Festivals. That day at work, I was talking to my colleagues about New Orleans. I’d recently watched a few films about Louisiana, and — in a very suburban twist, for me at least — had begun sinking into jazz playlists on Saturday mornings whilst I baked, soContinue reading “A postcard from… Aberdeen Jazz Festival”
We’re not long back from a sunny weekend in Aberdeen on Scotland’s east coast. This trip was sponsored by VisitAberdeenshire — I was invited to cover the city’s Jazz Festival.