How to spend a weekend in Aberdeen

Advertisement | This post is sponsored by the lovely folk at VisitAberdeenshire. We’re not long back from a sunny weekend in Aberdeen on Scotland’s east coast. You may have noticed on Instagram that this was a sponsored trip; I was invited to cover Aberdeen’s Jazz Festival by the region’s tourist board but aside from those events, I had a free pass to explore the granite … Continue reading How to spend a weekend in Aberdeen

Short and sweet: Blue skies and fresh eyes

My ‘short and sweet’ series is for posts that I reel off, from my fingers to my screen, in record time. Little thoughts, memories, snapshots of my Scottish existence. Here is today’s entry. Lately I’ve been suffering from severely itchy feet. Metaphorically not literally, of course. With colleagues making the most of the off-season’s budget flights, I’ve suddenly come to the realisation that as great … Continue reading Short and sweet: Blue skies and fresh eyes

Short and sweet: Snowdrop season in Edinburgh

A quick collection of photographs featuring the first peep of snowdrops here in Edinburgh, Scotland. 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 … Continue reading Short and sweet: Snowdrop season in Edinburgh

Driving home for… the Christmas tree and a wintery walk

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 at the colourful buds appearing in the flowerbeds. Each one is … Continue reading Driving home for… the Christmas tree and a wintery walk

A whirlwind walking tour of Glasgow city centre | #YOYP2018

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 insanely underrated by international visitors; whilst Edinburgh is its obviously beautiful opposite, with its Old and New Towns and more reserved inhabitants. At the end of November, I was invited on a bloggers’ press trip … Continue reading A whirlwind walking tour of Glasgow city centre | #YOYP2018

Autumn in Glasgow’s gothic West End (as seen in Outlander!)

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!)

An early autumn escape (and 3 walks) in pretty Perthshire

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

On my bookshelf: Summer into autumn

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

Finding fairytales at Preston Mill, East Lothian

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

Away with the birds: A trip to Bass Rock

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