Category: Scotland

  • 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 postcard castles. However — especially with the golden light and changing trees of autumn — the Scottish Borders are understated yet beautiful. Last […]

  • Autumn in Glasgow’s gothic West End

    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 TV […]

  • 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, the […]

  • 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 many […]

  • A guide to the ultimate Outlander road trip

    Ad: This trip was sponsored 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 country to […]

  • Away with the birds: A trip to Bass Rock

    Ad: This was a complimentary trip but all views are my own. 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 […]

  • 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 — […]

  • 5 historic hidden gems in Scotland’s central belt

    AD: This trip was sponsored by Dig It! to promote their Hidden Gems campaign, giving some love to some of Scotland’s lesser-known historic jewels. One of my favourite phrases — which I fire at friends and visitors alike — is, ‘there’s history everywhere you go in Scotland.’ But in some parts of our dear green country, […]

  • A spring day trip to North Berwick

    Since the start of May, the weather on Scotland’s east coast has been stunning. Even if the days have dawned with the greyness of sea mist, by lunchtime it’s burnt off and the sky is a marvellous blue. We’ve been getting out as much as possible to enjoy it (because you never know how long […]

  • A blossom walking tour of Edinburgh

    When spring explodes in Edinburgh — in a patchwork blanket of bright colour, little leaves unfurling like party poppers — it always feels brand new (to me, at least). I can never recall this season in Scotland’s capital as vivid as it appears to my tired, winter-dulled eyes. When you have an afternoon to yourself […]