Category: Scotland

  • A postcard from… Inverness and the Black Isle

    Exploring with the locals. It’s been over a year since we were last in the Highland capital. My partner and I fell in love there, where he grew up, so the city and its surroundings are like a planet we orbit around, its emotional pull growing with each return visit. Last holiday weekend we were […]

  • A postcard from… Aberdeen Jazz Festival

    Advertisement: This post is sponsored by VisitAberdeenshire and Aberdeen Festivals. That day at work, I was talking to my colleagues about New Orleans. I’d recently watched a few films about Louisiana, and — in a very suburban twist, for me at least — had begun sinking into jazz playlists on Saturday mornings whilst I baked, so […]

  • How to spend a weekend in Aberdeen

    We’re not long back from a sunny weekend in Aberdeen on Scotland’s east coast. This trip was sponsored by VisitAberdeenshire — I was invited to cover the city’s Jazz Festival.

  • A cold, coastal stroll in Elie, Fife

    We rang in 2019 with bad dancing and the inevitability of colder months to come. Two weeks later, we sat at the kitchen table, enjoying the bright light reaching through the sparse branches behind our house. It looked warm outside. But on consulting the forecast, we packed hats and gloves alongside our picnic lunch and then headed east […]

  • Enjoying snowdrop season in Edinburgh

    Our lazy Edinburgh days — when we’re mentally miles away from work — always start with coffee. A stroll through the far corners of the New Town, where Georgian facades back onto bleak modern buildings, and finally onto Broughton Street and our favourite Soderberg haunt. Creamy latte, cinnamon bun, and then we’re back out into […]

  • A postcard from… snowy Edinburgh

    I haven’t been showing up much lately on social media or on the blog in these first weeks of 2018 (why? Well, I’ve found that the less online time the less stress I have, so I’m just embracing the offline. Or real life, some might say). But — very quickly — I wanted to share […]

  • 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 […]

  • An evening at Edinburgh’s Christmas market

    Over the past few weeks, winter has come to Edinburgh. Reports of the first frost on the Meadows; walks home with numb ears and breath clouding before me; the early sunsets that belie the true chill. I’d take a cold, dry day over rain every time and — as the weeks speed towards Christmas — […]

  • From castle to coast: A day in Dirleton, East Lothian

    The more I see of East Lothian, the more I love it. Sitting adjacent to historic Edinburgh, this sprawling region of countryside, castles and coastline really is a gem — and makes ideal day-trip fodder for us when we need to escape the city. This weekend (after a bit of research and map reading via […]