A cold, coastal stroll in Elie, Fife

We rang in 2019 with bad dancing and the inevitability of colder months to come. Two weeks later, we sat at the kitchen table, enjoying the bright light reaching through the sparse branches behind our house. It looked warm outside. But on consulting the forecast, we packed hats and gloves alongside our picnic lunch and then headed eastContinue reading “A cold, coastal stroll in Elie, Fife”

Enjoying snowdrop season in Edinburgh

Our lazy Edinburgh days — when we’re mentally miles away from work — always start with coffee. A stroll through the far corners of the New Town, where Georgian facades back onto bleak modern buildings, and finally onto Broughton Street and our favourite Soderberg haunt. Creamy latte, cinnamon bun, and then we’re back out intoContinue reading “Enjoying snowdrop season in Edinburgh”

A postcard from… snowy Edinburgh

I haven’t been showing up much lately on social media or on the blog in these first weeks of 2018 (why? Well, I’ve found that the less online time the less stress I have, so I’m just embracing the offline. Or real life, some might say). But — very quickly — I wanted to shareContinue reading “A postcard from… snowy Edinburgh”

An evening at Edinburgh’s Christmas market

Over the past few weeks, winter has come to Edinburgh. Reports of the first frost on the Meadows; walks home with numb ears and breath clouding before me; the early sunsets that belie the true chill. I’d take a cold, dry day over rain every time and — as the weeks speed towards Christmas —Continue reading “An evening at Edinburgh’s Christmas market”

From castle to coast: A day in Dirleton, East Lothian

The more I see of East Lothian, the more I love it. Sitting adjacent to historic Edinburgh, this sprawling region of countryside, castles and coastline really is a gem — and makes ideal day-trip fodder for us when we need to escape the city. This weekend (after a bit of research and map reading viaContinue reading “From castle to coast: A day in Dirleton, East Lothian”

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”

Away with the birds: A trip to Bass Rock

Ad: This was a complimentary trip but all views are my own. The sea holds something special for me. Growing up a stone’s throw from the River Clyde and holidaying on Highland shores meant that the tide and its creatures were backdrops to my childhood. Since moving to Scotland’s capital Edinburgh in my mid-twenties, theContinue reading “Away with the birds: A trip to Bass Rock”

5 historic hidden gems in Scotland’s central belt

AD: This trip was sponsored by Dig It! to promote their Hidden Gems campaign, giving some love to some of Scotland’s lesser-known historic jewels. One of my favourite phrases — which I fire at friends and visitors alike — is, ‘there’s history everywhere you go in Scotland.’ But in some parts of our dear green country,Continue reading “5 historic hidden gems in Scotland’s central belt”