Tag: Scotland

  • A view of Edinburgh Castle from The Vennel

    A view of Edinburgh Castle from The Vennel

    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 […]

  • Behind the scenes with Barbour in the Highlands

    Behind the scenes with Barbour in the Highlands

    AD: This post was sponsored by Barbour. Imagine this: I’m standing on the edge. It could be anywhere but — without a doubt — this is Scotland. From where I am above the slopes and scree, huge cliffs tower to my left. Hills roll to the right. Drumlins disappear before me. Welcome to tartan country. Back […]

  • The first day of spring at Aberdour Castle

    The first day of spring at Aberdour Castle

    We took today off work in anticipation of another adventure but — as predicted in Scotland — the weather was being classically… well, unpredictable. Instead, our spring equinox became a day of dodging hefty rain showers, apocalyptic clouds and rush hour traffic en route to Aberdour. A seaside village on the south coast of Fife, Aberdour is […]

  • History and home goals at Sandford House, Fife

    History and home goals at Sandford House, Fife

    Ad: My stay at Sandford House was complimentary, but all views are my own. There are many things to love about Scotland but one that I always return to is its sense of mystery. No matter how many times you’ve walked the same road, lived in one place or seen the same landscape, there’s always […]

  • 4 reasons to run away to rural Perthshire

    4 reasons to run away to rural Perthshire

    So that’s it. Normality has resumed in a fatigued haze of awful 6am alarms, bleak breakfasts and caffeine-fuelled to do lists. But let’s just rewind right back to the start — of the new year at least — when time was slower and the only thing on my mind was where my next post-Christmas mince […]

  • A winter weekend in Perth, Scotland

    A winter weekend in Perth, Scotland

    I’ve felt prematurely festive this year and, until last weekend, I blamed it all on Edinburgh. It’s tricky to keep those love-hate Christmas songs out of your head when the Street of Light is on your doorstep! Yet although Scotland’s capital is the cliché Christmas city with its European-esque market, to get the real spirit of Scotland […]

  • The end of autumn at the Hermitage, Dunkeld

    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 […]

  • Autumnal wanders around Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace

    Autumnal wanders around Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace

    Holyrood Palace is to Edinburgh locals what Buckingham Palace is to Londoners. Even though I’ve only lived in the Scottish capital for a year, I’ve lost count of the times I’ve passed by the tall dark gates, peered curiously through the bars or seen tourists hurry towards the entrance. It’s one of those spots — a […]

  • Autumn at Aberlady Nature Reserve, East Lothian

    Autumn at Aberlady Nature Reserve, East Lothian

    It’s only when you move to the city after years living in the countryside that you realise you were completely spoilt. As a child, I could close our front door and in minutes be surrounded by fields, thick woodland and one of the most controversial pieces of modern architecture Scotland has ever seen (more about that here). Now, […]

  • A postcard from… A summer holiday in Arisaig

    A postcard from… A summer holiday in Arisaig

    When you tell folk that you are spending the summer in Scotland, they frequently utter that ‘oh right’ or ‘hmmm’ murmur that basically translates as, ‘Good luck with the weather.’ However, when you manage to sneak in that you’re actually heading to Arisaig, they nod and know exactly why. If you have ever visited the west […]