Category: Glasgow and the West

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

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

    Ad: This complimentary trip was provided by West Coast Tours. Views are all my own. Ever wondered how it’s possible to visit 3 Scottish islands in just 10 hours? I can’t say I had either. Yet for us, this jam-packed mission was about to become a reality as we packed our overnight bag, left Edinburgh behind and […]

  • A picnic at Ardmore Point, Helensburgh

    A picnic at Ardmore Point, Helensburgh

    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 near-constant pollution — both noise and traffic — had dissolved into quiet village life. I love coming home, and to be honest, […]

  • A guide to Scotland’s quiet Kintyre coast

    A guide to Scotland’s quiet 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 part 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 and […]

  • Gigha: An ideal island day trip

    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 perhaps 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 […]

  • The mystery of Achamore Gardens, Gigha

    The mystery of Achamore Gardens, Gigha

    Update: With thanks to Colin for sharing this news, several gardeners were employed in March 2020 to oversee Achamore. I’m looking forward to returning one day. 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 […]

  • A day trip and watchtower walk in Inveraray, Argyll

    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.  […]

  • Growing up by St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross

    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 show […]

  • Four favourite walks on Scotland’s west coast

    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 leisurely strolls in different areas of Glasgow and the west, from city to coast. Alongside each wander, I’ve suggested an eatery (because we all know that’s the best reward after a day of exploring!) Loch Lomond […]