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”

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!”

Burns Night: A whirlwind weekend in Dumfries!

Yes, I’m a Scot and yes, you may think I’m entirely biased… but I admit: I love Burns Night. In the sometimes sombre — and usually grey — month of January, there’s no better excuse to get in the party spirit, eat truckloads of haggis, don your glad rags (or kilts, guys!) and celebrate in true ScottishContinue reading “Burns Night: A whirlwind weekend in Dumfries!”

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 down Kelso fields and trees hidden under frozen fog, back in those days when the October holidays were actually cold. It felt like you could be walking onto the set of Little Women, soContinue reading “A short break in the Scottish Borders”

5 picture-perfect spots in Dumfries & Galloway

When you’re travelling in Scotland, there’s certain spots that will have been etched on your ‘to-see’ list for months: Glen Coe, the Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, even the North Coast 500 if you’re really taking in the culture. One region, though, that you may have skipped past in the guidebook is Dumfries and Galloway.Continue reading “5 picture-perfect spots in Dumfries & Galloway”

Where to stop on the Borders Railway

Sometimes, when you’re sitting in an office most of the day, you forget how beautiful nature is. The season when this contrast is most apparent is autumn. Jump in the car after a day at work, and your background is sandstone tenements, modern blocks or city shopfronts. It takes the weekend — and escaping theContinue reading “Where to stop on the Borders Railway”