I’m a writer based in and inspired by Scotland.
From my home between the sea and countryside, I share words and pictures about slower travel and switching off. I’m particularly interested in how social media is changing the way we experience our cities and landscapes, in Scotland and beyond.
Collecting memories or taking photos for Instagram’s sake? I explore how my relationship with photography has changed in the past year since the pandemic changed our lives.
I was asked at the start of the year to give a definition of slow travel to accompany an article. My definition is for a world where our phones are forever in our pockets.
Words and pictures from a slow walk up a favourite hill in Perthshire, because autumn doesn’t feel like autumn to me unless I’ve spent a day in this place.
Why slow travel could be here to stay
Every evening this spring was the same. We’d shut our laptops, lace our boots, and climb the small and unremarkable hill behind our home.
During those wanders, I remember reflecting many times on the perverse paradox — that what I’d been writing about for so long, slower travel, was now happening on a mass scale, albeit for entirely different reasons…
When I was commuting into Edinburgh each weekday — how strange it feels saying that in past tense — I kept a small notebook in which I’d scribble ideas as the train rattled towards the city. It feels like a lifetime ago when I wrote the words, Where does Hashtag Scotland go next? You mayContinue reading “What’s next for our slow travel project”
The next blog in this series is finally here! Apologies for the delay — I got a bit distracted by summer weather and cycling the Fife Coastal Path. Anyway… In the introductory blog to the #HashtagScotland project, I mentioned that the writing I’d shared around social media and travel back in 2018 had led me toContinue reading “Behind the lens at two of Scotland’s most popular places”
The first few days it rained almost solidly. Between cups of tea and chocolate-sunk biscuits, we turned pages of books as the raindrops tapped the caravan windows. Reading Kathleen Jamie’s Findings, I imagined myself in an alternative weather reality hoping that, in a few days, I’d be able to get outside and note all the intricacies ofContinue reading “A postcard from… Lochaber, and some thoughts on slow travel”