A postcard from… Inverness and the Black Isle

Exploring with the locals It’s been over a year since we were last in the Highland capital. My partner and I fell in love there, where he grew up, so the city and its surroundings are like a planet we orbit around, its emotional pull growing with each return visit. Last holiday weekend we wereContinue reading “A postcard from… Inverness and the Black Isle”

Little signs of spring near home in Fife

Yesterday we hiked up the hill behind our house. I say hike because this crag is far from a leisurely weekend stroll: the first part sees the walker take on a steep, leaf-lined trail before meeting a welcome flat pasture; from there, a grassy cattle road is joined and soon he or she is pointedContinue reading “Little signs of spring near home in Fife”

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 Scottish city workers, eager to forget their commute and embrace nature as the nights darken. A wild, well-off region of ancient trees, hills and picturesque villages, Perthshire is a photographer’s paradise at this time of year —Continue reading “Autumn in Dunkeld: Is this the Instagram effect?”

Enjoying snowdrop season in Edinburgh

Our lazy Edinburgh days — when we’re mentally miles away from work — always start with coffee. A stroll through the far corners of the New Town, where Georgian facades back onto bleak modern buildings, and finally onto Broughton Street and our favourite Soderberg haunt. Creamy latte, cinnamon bun, and then we’re back out intoContinue reading “Enjoying snowdrop season in Edinburgh”

A postcard from… snowy Edinburgh

I haven’t been showing up much lately on social media or on the blog in these first weeks of 2018 (why? Well, I’ve found that the less online time the less stress I have, so I’m just embracing the offline. Or real life, some might say). But — very quickly — I wanted to shareContinue reading “A postcard from… snowy Edinburgh”

A wintry walk around Ardmore Point, Helensburgh

When it comes to the seasons, I’m like a flighty lover. Every time another one rolls around — whether that’s the depths of winter, or the height of the Scottish summer — I declare I’m in love. Autumn or spring is the only one for me; I adore the frosted leaves, or make eyes atContinue reading “A wintry walk around Ardmore Point, Helensburgh”

A whirlwind walking tour of Glasgow city centre

Advert: A bloggers’ press trip with VisitScotland. As someone who grew up not far from Glasgow, studied there and then swapped it for Edinburgh, I’ve experienced both of Scotland’s most noted cities. Glasgow is unpretentious, sprawling and somewhat underrated by visitors; whilst Edinburgh is its obviously beautiful opposite, with its Old and New Towns andContinue reading “A whirlwind walking tour of Glasgow city centre”

An evening at Edinburgh’s Christmas market

Over the past few weeks, winter has come to Edinburgh. Reports of the first frost on the Meadows; walks home with numb ears and breath clouding before me; the early sunsets that belie the true chill. I’d take a cold, dry day over rain every time and — as the weeks speed towards Christmas —Continue reading “An evening at Edinburgh’s Christmas market”

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 viaContinue 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 postcard 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”