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 viaContinue reading “From castle to coast: A day in Dirleton, East Lothian”

A postcard from… the Scottish Borders

Rather like Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders are a part of Scotland that may not feature on your immediate itinerary if your travel aims are to bag big mountains, wild coastlines and iconic castles. However — especially with the golden light and changing trees of autumn — the Scottish Borders are understated yet beautiful. LastContinue reading “A postcard from… the Scottish Borders”

Autumn in Glasgow’s gothic West End (as seen in Outlander!)

With its sandstone-lined streets and distinctive mock-gothic university, Glasgow’s West End is beautiful… And its recent role as Boston and Harvard in Outlander has only bolstered its popularity with a new audience. This is a bourgeois bubble of Scotland’s largest city but for me, it holds more memories than a quick cameo in a TVContinue reading “Autumn in Glasgow’s gothic West End (as seen in Outlander!)”

An early autumn escape (and 3 walks) in pretty Perthshire

I’m in love with autumn in Scotland — it’s like a childhood sweetheart I’ll never shake. Watching the leaves fall, mimicking the snowflakes that will come later, seemingly from the heavens. The soft switching of the colours, so hard to spot until the trees and hills are full-blown brown. The movement of the wildlife, theContinue reading “An early autumn escape (and 3 walks) in pretty Perthshire”

Finding fairytales at Preston Mill, East Lothian

As I write, looking out the window of our flat towards Arthur’s Seat, here or there a pioneering tree shouts its last of the season in yellow ochre. The dormant volcano’s rump is going from green to purple, the outcome of that colour wash the inevitable dull brown of deep winter. I wonder how manyContinue reading “Finding fairytales at Preston Mill, East Lothian”

A guide to the ultimate Outlander road trip!

AD: This trip was kindly funded by VisitScotland. Even before Outlander first hit our screens back in 2014, one thing was crystal clear: Scotland is magical. Okay, the likelihood of travelling back in time through standing stones or meeting an entrantress in the pub is slim, but you just have to look at our countryContinue reading “A guide to the ultimate Outlander road trip!”

Getting ready for autumn in Scotland

Autumn is, without a doubt, my favourite time of the year. With the nights drawing in, the crisper mornings and — most importantly — the kaleidoscope of colours appearing everywhere, it truly is the most beautiful season (especially in Scotland). Despite not having had much of a summer (where exactly was the sun?!) I can’tContinue reading “Getting ready for autumn in Scotland”

The Scotlanders take on Outlander!

Exciting news, folks! I can finally share that next weekend (26-27 August) myself and a group of Scotland travel bloggers will be hitting the roads to bag filming locations from the iconic TV series Outlander! This will see us rack up about 700 miles collectively as the six of us (with two guest Scotlanders, Instagrammer KristyContinue reading “The Scotlanders take on Outlander!”

#EdinBloom: Welcome back, festival season!

It’s August in Edinburgh and that can mean only one thing: the Festivals. I wrote recently about how, during summer in the Scottish capital, it feels like there is a party around every corner. In August, it’s that feeling on steroids. The city centre shakes with music, narrow streets shrink further with the crowds, tipsyContinue reading “#EdinBloom: Welcome back, festival season!”

Away with the birds: A trip to Bass Rock

The sea holds something special for me. Growing up a stone’s throw from the River Clyde and holidaying on Highland shores meant that the tide and its creatures were backdrops to my childhood. Since moving to Scotland’s capital Edinburgh in my mid-twenties, the sea — although close — has seemed just out my reach… UntilContinue reading “Away with the birds: A trip to Bass Rock”