Category: Edinburgh and the East

  • Behind the bar at Blackbird in Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield neighbourhood

    Ad: This post was sponsored by Jack Daniel’s and the Tennessee Calling competition. When we talk about creativity, we’re guilty of associating it solely with music, culture, literature or art. But what about bartending? I’d never really given much thought to this but — one nippy November night in Scotland’s capital — we opened the door […]

  • Autumnal wanders around Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace

    Holyrood Palace is to Edinburgh locals what Buckingham Palace is to Londoners. Even though I’ve only lived in the Scottish capital for a year, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve passed by the tall dark gates, peered curiously through the bars or seen tourists hurry towards the entrance. It’s one of those spots — a […]

  • Autumn at Aberlady Nature Reserve, East Lothian

    It’s only when you move to the city after years living in the countryside that you realise you were completely spoilt. As a child, I could close our front door and in minutes be surrounded by fields, thick woodland and one of the most controversial pieces of modern architecture Scotland has ever seen (more about that here). Now, […]

  • Tantallon, East Lothian: Exploring a castle on the edge

    Standing on the edge of East Lothian — with golden fields to your back, the Bass Rock ahead of you, and slim Fife on the horizon — you can almost imagine that this landscape has barely changed in centuries. Aside from the new roads and oil rigs floating out at sea, there’s one part of this rocky […]

  • A peaceful picnic at Inveresk Lodge Garden, East Lothian

    Last week, a fat envelope plopped onto our doormat. Surely I’m not the only one who still loves getting a letter? I tore open the white cover and inside were two National Trust for Scotland membership cards and a guidebook showing the Trust sites. Ever since, we’d been plotting where exactly we were going to […]

  • A wintry day hike up Fife’s East Lomond hill

    Walking in the Lomond Hills, near Falkland, Fife

    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 […]