Five Ferries: A postcard from Mount Stuart cottages

AD: I visited Mount Stuart as part of a sponsored trip with West Coast Waters. It’s a campaign to celebrate Scotland’s diverse west coast ahead of VisitScotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters (#YCW2020). A postcard from the Kennels… I don’t usually write any stand-alone blogs on the accommodation we stay in during our weekend adventures around Scotland… Unless, of course, I get proper house envy. You can … Continue reading Five Ferries: A postcard from Mount Stuart cottages

Autumn in Dunkeld: Is this the Instagram effect?

One bright weekend this October, we spent the day in Perthshire. This is somewhat of an autumnal rite-of-passage for white-collared Scots, eager to forget their commute and embrace nature as the nights darken. A wild, well-off region of ancient trees, hills and back-in-time villages, Perthshire is a photographer’s paradise at this time of year — as we were soon reminded. Our first stop was the Hermitage. … Continue reading Autumn in Dunkeld: Is this the Instagram effect?

From castle to coast: A day in Dirleton, East Lothian

The more I see of East Lothian, the more I love it. Sitting adjacent to historic Edinburgh, this sprawling region of countryside, castles and coastline really is a gem — and makes ideal day-trip fodder for us when we need to escape the city! This weekend (after a bit of research and map reading via the WalkHighlands website) we ended up weaving through B-roads to … Continue reading From castle to coast: A day in Dirleton, East Lothian

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. Last weekend we decided to drive just an hour south of … Continue reading A postcard from… the Scottish Borders

Autumn in Glasgow’s gothic West End (as seen in Outlander!)

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 show. It was here, two years ago, that I graduated: … Continue reading Autumn in Glasgow’s gothic West End (as seen in Outlander!)

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 squirrels tapping their swag for faults before hiding it away. … Continue reading An early autumn escape (and 3 walks) in pretty Perthshire

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 other residents of this iconic city are reaching for the … Continue reading Finding fairytales at Preston Mill, East Lothian

Getting ready for autumn in Scotland

Autumn is, without a doubt, my favourite time of the year. With the nights drawing in, the crisper mornings and — most importantly — the kaleidoscope of colours appearing everywhere, it truly is the most beautiful season (especially in Scotland). Despite not having had much of a summer (where exactly was the sun?!) I can’t help but be wishing the days away until the leaves … Continue reading Getting ready for autumn in Scotland

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 prettiest season going. And where else could you possibly go … Continue reading The end of autumn at the Hermitage, Dunkeld

Exploring Edinburgh: Botanic Lights

Edinburgh is full of quiet, leafy spots you’d never believe are right in the heart of the city. Dean Village, the Water of Leith walkway, Stockbridge… and to add to these favourites, the Royal Botanic Garden. With 70 acres of alpines, woodland and shrubs, not to mention Britain’s tallest Victorian glasshouse, visiting the Botanics are a must if you’re a nature fan who’s somehow ended up … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: Botanic Lights