Three Isles Tour: Behind the Scenes

Ever wondered how to bag 3 Scottish islands in just 10 hours? I can’t say I had either… For us, this jam-packed mission was about to become a reality as we packed our overnight bag, left Edinburgh behind and headed west. We would be travelling with West Coast Tours, Calmac and Staffa Tours, a tripartite journey that was entirely included in the ticket price. Arriving in … Continue reading Three Isles Tour: Behind the Scenes

A picnic at Ardmore Point, Helensburgh

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

A day in Inveraray, Argyll

We’re forever gravitating towards Argyll. Long weekend? Night in a B&B? Favourite walk? Whatever and whenever the opportunity, we’ll always leave the city and head towards this rugged, remote region of Scotland to escape from it all. I was lucky to grow up in a tiny village on the border of Argyll and Bute proper.  Throughout my childhood, hills and sea lochs were literally on … Continue reading A day in Inveraray, Argyll

Growing up by St Peter’s Seminary

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 that would take place at the abandoned seminary, launching Scotland’s … Continue reading Growing up by St Peter’s Seminary

5 reasons to visit Ardardan (& saying goodbye!)

You know what? It’s a great feeling to be able to finally write about this place without feeling like I’m biased! Having worked at Ardardan Estate for the past six years, I was one of the longest-serving weekend cashiers. And last Sunday, I said goodbye to my favourite customers, my lovely bosses and one of the local community’s most cherished businesses (because I’m moving east … Continue reading 5 reasons to visit Ardardan (& saying goodbye!)

Mornings at the Oban Chocolate Company

Perhaps you’ve been trooping up Beinn Lora, or have just stepped off the Craignure ferry. Maybe you’re like us, sheltering from the howling west coast winter. Or possibly you just love chocolate. Whatever direction you’re coming from, have a wee think about where you’re headed next. Got a half-hour to spare? Let’s take a detour…

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Four favourites: West Coast walks

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!)

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