Category: Scotland

  • Behind the bar at Blackbird in Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield neighbourhood

    Behind the bar at Blackbird in Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield neighbourhood

    Ad: This post was sponsored by Jack Daniel’s and the Tennessee Calling competition. When we talk about creativity, we’re guilty of associating it solely with music, culture, literature or art. But what about bartending? I’d never really given much thought to this but — one nippy November night in Scotland’s capital — we opened the door […]

  • The end of autumn at the Hermitage, Dunkeld

    The end of autumn at the Hermitage, Dunkeld

    I absolutely adore autumn. Okay, I do have a tendency to say the same thing about every season when it appears, from the fragile spring snowdrops to the first frosts of winter… Yet, when it’s the height of autumn and even the cities are covered in colour, I can’t help but feel autumn is the […]

  • Autumnal wanders around Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace

    Autumnal wanders around Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace

    Holyrood Palace is to Edinburgh locals what Buckingham Palace is to Londoners. Even though I’ve only lived in the Scottish capital for a year, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve passed by the tall dark gates, peered curiously through the bars or seen tourists hurry towards the entrance. It’s one of those spots — a […]

  • Autumn at Aberlady Nature Reserve, East Lothian

    Autumn at Aberlady Nature Reserve, East Lothian

    It’s only when you move to the city after years living in the countryside that you realise you were completely spoilt. As a child, I could close our front door and in minutes be surrounded by fields, thick woodland and one of the most controversial pieces of modern architecture Scotland has ever seen (more about that here). Now, […]

  • What to do during a short break in the Scottish Borders

    What to do during a short break in the Scottish Borders

    When I was younger, we used to spend a fair bit of time in the Borders. I remember waking up to chilled windows, icy ditches lining Kelso fields and trees hidden under frozen fog, back in those days when the October holidays were actually cold. When you’re used to cities or (at the very least) industrialised west coast towns, […]

  • Tantallon, East Lothian: Exploring a castle on the edge

    Tantallon, East Lothian: Exploring a castle on the edge

    Standing on the edge of East Lothian — with golden fields to your back, the Bass Rock ahead of you, and slim Fife on the horizon — you can almost imagine that this landscape has barely changed in centuries. Aside from the new roads and oil rigs floating out at sea, there’s one part of this rocky […]

  • A postcard from… A summer holiday in Arisaig

    A postcard from… A summer holiday in Arisaig

    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 west […]

  • Three Isles Tour: How we visited 3 Scottish islands in 10 hours

    Three Isles Tour: How we visited 3 Scottish islands in 10 hours

    Ad: This complimentary trip was provided by West Coast Tours. Views are all my own. Ever wondered how it’s possible to visit 3 Scottish islands in just 10 hours? I can’t say I had either. Yet for us, this jam-packed mission was about to become a reality as we packed our overnight bag, left Edinburgh behind and […]

  • 5 picture-perfect spots in Dumfries and Galloway

    5 picture-perfect spots in Dumfries and Galloway

    When you’re travelling in Scotland, there’s certain spots that will have been etched on your ‘to-see’ list for months. One region, though, that you may have skipped past in the guidebook is Dumfries and Galloway.

  • A peaceful picnic at Inveresk Lodge Garden, East Lothian

    A peaceful picnic at Inveresk Lodge Garden, East Lothian

    Last week, a fat envelope plopped onto our doormat. Surely I’m not the only one who still loves getting a letter? I tore open the white cover and inside were two National Trust for Scotland membership cards and a guidebook showing the Trust sites. Ever since, we’d been plotting where exactly we were going to […]