Category: Scotland

  • Sunday afternoons at Söderberg

    Sunday afternoons at Söderberg

    Ever since B’s car broke down a few weekends ago, we’ve been like birds with clipped wings. No more weekend migrations to the coast or the Highlands; no last-minute road trips back west to see my family; we’ve even started getting our shopping delivered (this feels a little lazy and too twenty-first century to me). […]

  • The start of spring at Dr Neil’s Garden, Edinburgh

    The start of spring at Dr Neil’s Garden, Edinburgh

    It feels like spring has truly arrived. The streets are buzzing with cosmopolitans sporting denim jackets (myself included). Cliques sit outside hipster cafés and bars in the mild heat. The brave souls among us even have their pale legs out in the sunshine (myself not included). This is the kind of weather I’d forgotten I loved, […]

  • A view of Edinburgh Castle from The Vennel

    A view of Edinburgh Castle from The Vennel

    It was the first time I’d been up this street. Or should I say up the stairs? My stomach stuffed with Lovecrumbs coffee and cake, I weaved back down to the Grassmarket and saw the sign. The Vennel. My camera bag was over my shoulder; the first time it had escaped my office drawer since Monday […]

  • Behind the scenes with Barbour in the Highlands

    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. Back […]

  • The first day of spring at Aberdour Castle

    The first day of spring at Aberdour Castle

    We took today off work in anticipation of another adventure but — as predicted in Scotland — the weather was being classically… well, unpredictable. Instead, our spring equinox became a day of dodging hefty rain showers, apocalyptic clouds and rush hour traffic en route to Aberdour. A seaside village on the south coast of Fife, Aberdour is […]

  • History and home goals at Sandford House, Fife

    History and home goals at Sandford House, Fife

    Ad: My stay at Sandford House was complimentary, but all views are my own. There are many things to love about Scotland but one that I always return to is its sense of mystery. No matter how many times you’ve walked the same road, lived in one place or seen the same landscape, there’s always […]

  • A stroll through Stockbridge and Circus Lane, Edinburgh

    A stroll through Stockbridge and Circus Lane, Edinburgh

    One of the many things I like about Edinburgh — aside from its dependable, beautiful architecture and its constant greenery — is its walkability. Although the suburbs stretch far towards the hills and beaches which ring the city itself, some neighbourhoods (like Stockbridge or Dean Village) are within easy walking distance of the town bustle. That’s how Sunday […]

  • 4 reasons to run away to rural Perthshire

    4 reasons to run away to rural Perthshire

    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 […]

  • A winter weekend in Perth, Scotland

    A winter weekend in Perth, Scotland

    I’ve 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 […]

  • Paisley: UK City of Culture 2021?

    Paisley: UK City of Culture 2021?

    What do you think when someone says Paisley? If you were a Scottish teen in the noughties, this town was associated with one thing: Paolo Nutini. For me, he was an example of how a normal background — one like that of me and my friends — is no barrier to creativity and success. I remember […]