Category: Glasgow and the West

  • 24 hours on the Isle of Bute

    Although for decades the island of Bute hadn’t been on the travel bill, things were beginning to change for the better. This trip was sponsored by West Coast Waters.

  • Off the beaten track in Kintyre and Cowal

    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.

  • A postcard from… Mount Stuart cottages

    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… […]

  • 24 hours on the Isle of Arran

    Looking over to Goatfell from Brodick, Arran

    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.

  • A wintry walk around Ardmore Point, Helensburgh

    When it comes to the seasons, I’m like a flighty lover. Every time another one rolls around — whether that’s the depths of winter, or the height of the Scottish summer — I declare I’m in love. Autumn or spring is the only one for me; I adore the frosted leaves, or make eyes at […]

  • A whirlwind walking tour of Glasgow city centre

    Advert: A bloggers’ press trip with VisitScotland. As someone who grew up not far from Glasgow, studied there and then swapped it for Edinburgh, I’ve experienced both of Scotland’s most noted cities. Glasgow is unpretentious, sprawling and somewhat underrated by visitors; whilst Edinburgh is its obviously beautiful opposite, with its Old and New Towns and […]

  • 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 TV […]

  • 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 to […]

  • 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, […]

  • Paisley: UK City of Culture 2021?

    What do you think when someone says Paisley? If you were a Scottish teen in the noughties, this town was associated with one thing: Paolo Nutini. For me, he was an example of how a normal background — one like that of me and my friends — is no barrier to creativity and success. I remember […]