Here in the UK, Outlander has finally made it to our TV screens (I’m rewatching episode one as I type!). As tempting as it is to binge-watch on the box — even on a sunny day — how about exploring some of the places and histories that inspired author Diana Gabaldon herself? Alongside the other Scotlanders travel bloggers, I spent two days weaving through Stirling, Perthshire and … Continue reading On the Outlander-inspired Jacobite Trail!
Imagine this: I’m standing on the edge of a landslip. It could be anywhere but — without a doubt — this is stereotypical 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. Back in February, I was invited to journey north for three days with … Continue reading Behind the scenes with Barbour
So that’s it. Normality has resumed in a fatigued haze of awful 6am alarms, bleak breakfasts and caffeine-fuelled to do lists. But let’s just rewind right back to the start — of the new year at least — when time was slower and the only thing on my mind was where my next post-Christmas mince pie was coming from. At the beginning of 2017, we … Continue reading 4 reasons to run away to rural Perthshire
I have felt prematurely festive this year and — until last weekend — I blamed it all on Edinburgh. It’s tricky to keep those love-hate Christmas songs out of your head when the Street of Light is on your doorstep! Yet although Scotland’s capital is the cliché Christmas city with its European-esque market, to get the real spirit of Scotland at the start of winter we headed … Continue reading A winter weekend in Perth, Scotland
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 isolated west coast village of Arisaig, you’ll have fallen in love. … Continue reading A postcard from… Arisaig
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!)
Inverness is special to me for one single reason (forgetting the scenery, the stillness, the pure Scottishness of the place). This cold Highland city was the place where, almost three years ago to the day, I realised I liked my best friend… rather more than a friend should.