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!)
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
Partly due to B returning from his stint abroad, and partly due to my lack of enthusiasm for social media at the moment, I have been returning to reading in a big way. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything better for the sanity (apart from perhaps walking through woodland as the leaves fall like snowflakes around you… right autumn enthusiasts?!). Below I’ve shared a few … Continue reading On my bookshelf: Summer into autumn
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
The sea holds something special for me. Growing up a stone’s throw from the River Clyde and holidaying on Highland shores meant that the tide and its creatures were backdrops to my childhood. Since moving to Scotland’s capital Edinburgh in my mid-twenties, the sea — although close — has seemed just out my reach… Until last weekend. It’s an easy jaunt out to one of … Continue reading Away with the birds: A trip to Bass Rock
AD: This trip was funded by the National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, National Museums Scotland and the Palace of Holyroodhouse to promote #jacobitetrailblazer. Here in the UK, Outlander has finally made it to our terrestrial TV screens. As tempting as it is to binge-watch on the box — even on a sunny day — how about exploring some of the places and histories that … Continue reading On the Outlander-inspired Jacobite Trail!
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). Yet, in reducing our ability to travel, we’ve explored more of … Continue reading Short and sweet: Sundays at Söderberg
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 (always the sign of a hectic week). I unzipped its corners … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: The Vennel, Grassmarket
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 Scottish style. So for the final few days of the Big … Continue reading Burns Night: A whirlwind weekend in Dumfries!
I’m not usually one for bothering with the cliché, usually abandoned-in-January New Year’s resolution. But for some reason, 2017 feels different. Perhaps it’s knowing how hard last year was for us, or maybe it’s just December’s overeating spurring me on to try something new… Whatever it is, I’m looking forward to kick-starting 2017 with a fresh perspective. So here are my simple resolutions, alongside some … Continue reading A few simple resolutions