Three Isles Tour: How we bagged 3 Scottish islands in 10 hours

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 journeyContinue reading “Three Isles Tour: How we bagged 3 Scottish islands in 10 hours”

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 andContinue reading “A picnic at Ardmore Point, Helensburgh”

A quick guide to Scotland’s Kintyre coast

At the beginning of April, we took a long weekend off work and spent it in Kintyre. For those of you who aren’t sure where this overlooked county of Scotland is, it’s the long peninsula at the very end of the A83 road through Argyll and Bute. Home to Campbeltown, a lot of farms andContinue reading “A quick guide to Scotland’s Kintyre coast”

Gigha: An ideal island day trip

It would be fair to say that Gigha might not be at the top of your ‘Scottish Islands to Visit’ list. It’s one of the smaller, understated and less tourist-friendly dots on our coastline and — with just over five square miles of fertile land to explore — you could quite easily tick it offContinue reading “Gigha: An ideal island day trip”

The mystery of Achamore Gardens, Gigha

We recently spent a long weekend under a raincloud in Kintyre. Well, we weren’t just under a raincloud; we also alternated between a wigwam and a pub. You get the idea though. After doing a bit of research and discovering we could get to the Isle of Gigha for a measly £5 return on foot,Continue reading “The mystery of Achamore Gardens, Gigha”

A day trip and watchtower walk 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. Continue reading “A day trip and watchtower walk in Inveraray, Argyll”

Growing up by St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross

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 showContinue reading “Growing up by St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross”

Why Irvine is Scotland’s ice cream capital!

A day after returning from Rome in September, we were having gelato withdrawal symptoms (it’s a common occurrence, just ask your doctor). So when B’s family started talking about a place called Vanilla Joe’s — which has recently scooped Scotland’s Best Gelataria at the Italian Awards — our curiosity rumbled along with our tummies. So, withContinue reading “Why Irvine is Scotland’s ice cream capital!”

Four favourite walks on Scotland’s west coast

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!)