Tag: Scotland

  • What’s next for our slow travel project

    What’s next for our slow travel project

    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 may […]

  • Noticing nature and letting go of certainty

    Noticing nature and letting go of certainty

    After a week of work — which involves creating content about the coronavirus for about 7 hours a day, which as you’ve guessed doesn’t provide much opportunity from switching off from the situation we currently find ourselves in — one of the weekend’s simplest pleasures is sitting in the kitchen with a coffee and toast, […]

  • The temptation to take photos

    The temptation to take photos

    As I noticed the flowers, I had to stop myself from taking my phone out of my pocket. Why that anxiety, that desperation, to document this moment? This essay explores that feeling and trying to fight it.

  • 24 hours on the Isle of Bute

    24 hours on the Isle of Bute

    Although for decades the island of Bute hadn’t been on the travel bill, things were beginning to change for the better. This trip was sponsored by West Coast Waters.

  • Off the beaten track in Kintyre and Cowal

    Off the beaten track in Kintyre and Cowal

    There’s a reason why this remote Scottish peninsula was an ideal hideaway for former Beatle Paul McCartney. This trip was sponsored by West Coast Waters.

  • A postcard from… Mount Stuart cottages

    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… […]

  • 24 hours on the Isle of Arran

    24 hours on the Isle of Arran

    A watercolour white haze sat on the horizon, with cyclists and cars streaming towards the harbour in anticipation of good weather. This trip was sponsored by West Coast Waters.

  • Hashtag Scotland: Our road trip on film

    Hashtag Scotland: Our road trip on film

    This Hashtag Scotland project has grown proverbial arms and legs! Initially, when tour guide Nicolas and I started talking, we saw it as a blogging project. Perhaps we’d publish a few posts on our websites, or take a few photos. Instead, we took a road trip over a long weekend in May to document what’s […]

  • A long weekend in leafy Perthshire

    A long weekend in leafy Perthshire

    There are some spots in Scotland that, to me at least, seem seasonal. The iced Fife hills, sprinkled with sheep, are my end of winter. The secret gardens of East Lothian, blooming in rainbows, are where I spent my spring weekends. The rockpooled coasts of the west, with their white sands and clear tides, are […]

  • A new project: Exploring the relationship between Scotland and social media

    A new project: Exploring the relationship between Scotland and social media

    ‘It’s remarkable how, in just a few hundred years, the way we see the Highlands can change entirely…’ ‘Today we walk through them, cycle over them, climb them, explore them — and photograph them, over and over again. This landscape no longer repels people with its harsh, unknowable obscurity. Instead it attracts them in their […]