Short and sweet: Solo walks in the city

It’s quiet here. All I can hear are the melodies of the songbirds and the slightly more discordant squawks of the gulls; the distant sound of traffic (rather like a long exhale) and the cold tap of something, somewhere, in the skeleton of our tenement flat near the city centre. Life has felt a bit lonely recently. My other half is working in Europe for … Continue reading Short and sweet: Solo walks in the city

5 historic hidden gems in Scotland’s central belt

AD: This trip was sponsored by Dig It! to promote their Hidden Gems campaign, giving some love to some of Scotland’s lesser-known historic jewels. One of my favourite phrases — which I fire at friends and visitors alike — is, ‘there’s history everywhere you go in Scotland.’ But in some parts of our dear green country, it’s harder to believe. The central belt especially was a … Continue reading 5 historic hidden gems in Scotland’s central belt

Exploring East Lothian: North Berwick

Since the start of May, the weather on Scotland’s east coast has been stunning. Even if the days have dawned with the greyness of sea mist, by lunchtime it’s burnt off and the sky is a marvellous blue. We’ve been getting out as much as possible to enjoy it (because you never know how long good weather’s going to last in Scotland…) Last weekend’s jaunt … Continue reading Exploring East Lothian: North Berwick

Exploring Edinburgh: A blossom walking tour

When spring explodes in Edinburgh — in a patchwork blanket of bright colour, little leaves unfurling like party poppers — it always feels brand new (to me, at least). I can never recall this season in Scotland’s capital as vivid as it appears to my tired, winter-dulled eyes. When you have an afternoon to yourself at this time of year (following a brilliant brunch with … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: A blossom walking tour

Exploring Edinburgh: Duddingston & Dr Neil’s Garden

It feels like spring has truly arrived. The streets are buzzing with cosmopolitans sporting denim jackets (myself included). Cliques sit outside hipster cafés and bars in the mild heat. The brave souls among us even have their pale legs out in the sunshine (myself not included). This is the kind of weather I’d forgotten I loved, back in the wilds of winter when I was hoping … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: Duddingston & Dr Neil’s Garden

Behind the scenes with Barbour

AD: This post was sponsored by Barbour. Imagine this: I’m standing on the edge of a landslip. It could be anywhere but — without a doubt — this is stereotypical 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 in February, I was invited … Continue reading Behind the scenes with Barbour

The first day of spring at Aberdour Castle

Happy first day of spring, folks! 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 a popular commuter town … Continue reading The first day of spring at Aberdour Castle

Short and sweet: Notes from the sofa

Happy weekend! I tap this to you from the couch where I’ve been stationed all day, nursing a gin hangover with Homeland and a gazillion cups of tea. After a weird week — starting with a bare to-do list but ending with a day of crazed storyboarding — I’ve welcomed the weekend with open arms. However, with the volatile weather, we’re unsure how we’ll spend our next few … Continue reading Short and sweet: Notes from the sofa

History and home goals at Sandford House, Fife

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 something to discover. Peel back the modern façades, brand-new brickwork or soulless tarmac and there are stories — right there — waiting to be told. That’s … Continue reading History and home goals at Sandford House, Fife

Short and sweet: Happy weekend!

As much as I love spending hours tapping stories on here, there’s something to be said for the ‘insta-blog’. I see these a lot on other websites; swift tales that are more like diary entries than fully-fledged articles. So I thought I might do something similar and start a series called short & sweet, which will basically be a place for my Friday night ramblings and wee life updates. … Continue reading Short and sweet: Happy weekend!