A postcard from… Lochaber, and some thoughts on slow travel

The first few days it rained almost solidly. Between cups of tea and chocolate-sunk biscuits, we turned pages of books as the raindrops tapped the caravan windows. Reading Kathleen Jamie’s Findings, I imagined myself in an alternative weather reality hoping that, in a few days, I’d be able to get outside and note all the intricacies ofContinue reading “A postcard from… Lochaber, and some thoughts on slow travel”

On the Outlander-inspired Jacobite Trail

AD: This trip was funded by the National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, National Museums Scotland and the Palace of Holyroodhouse to promote #JacobiteTrailblazer. Here in the UK, Outlander has finally made it to our terrestrial TV screens. As tempting as it is to binge-watch on the box — even on a sunny day —Continue reading “On the Outlander-inspired Jacobite Trail”

Behind the scenes with Barbour in the Highlands

AD: This post was sponsored by Barbour. Imagine this: I’m standing on the edge. It could be anywhere but — without a doubt — this is Scotland. From where I am above the slopes and scree, huge cliffs tower to my left. Hills roll to the right. Drumlins disappear before me. Welcome to tartan country. BackContinue reading “Behind the scenes with Barbour in the Highlands”

A postcard from… A summer holiday in Arisaig

When you tell folk that you are spending the summer in Scotland, they frequently utter that ‘oh right’ or ‘hmmm’ murmur that basically translates as, ‘Good luck with the weather.’ However, when you manage to sneak in that you’re actually heading to Arisaig, they nod and know exactly why. If you have ever visited the isolatedContinue reading “A postcard from… A summer holiday in Arisaig”

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 LomondContinue reading “Four favourite walks on Scotland’s west coast”

A postcard from… Camusdarach Beach, Arisaig

If I could travel north every weekend, I would. And if I could choose, I’d go to Camusdarach beach, between of Arisaig and Mallaig. Although ‘famous’ thanks to the 1983 film Local Hero, the bay is tranquil and in off-season can be practically deserted. It may be far to go just to escape, but it’s worth it forContinue reading “A postcard from… Camusdarach Beach, Arisaig”