On the Outlander-inspired Jacobite Trail!

AD: This trip was funded by the National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, National Museums Scotland and the Palace of Holyroodhouse to promote #jacobitetrailblazer. Here in the UK, Outlander has finally made it to our terrestrial TV screens. As tempting as it is to binge-watch on the box — even on a sunny day — how about exploring some of the places and histories that … Continue reading On the Outlander-inspired Jacobite Trail!

Short and sweet: Sundays at Söderberg

Ever since B’s car broke down a few weekends ago, we’ve been like birds with clipped wings. No more weekend migrations to the coast or the Highlands; no last-minute road trips back west to see my family; we’ve even started getting our shopping delivered (this feels a little lazy and too twenty-first century to me). Yet, in reducing our ability to travel, we’ve explored more of … Continue reading Short and sweet: Sundays at Söderberg

Exploring Edinburgh: The Vennel, Grassmarket

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 (always the sign of a hectic week). I unzipped its corners … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: The Vennel, Grassmarket

Gigha: An ideal island day trip

It would be fair to say that Gigha might not be at the top of your ‘Scottish Islands to Visit’ list. It’s one of the smaller, understated and less tourist-friendly dots on our coastline and — with just over five square miles of fertile land to explore — you could quite easily tick it off in a day. Which is exactly why you should. Gigha … Continue reading Gigha: An ideal island day trip

Exploring Edinburgh: A late lunch at Jamie’s Italian

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know one thing: aside from Scotland (of course) we love Italy. It’s the one place that we’ve consistently saved enough pennies to return to, where the food is so simple yet so good and where the capital is crammed with history. So — even when we’re in Scotland — any excuse to remember those heady, … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: A late lunch at Jamie’s Italian

A day trip and watchtower walk in Inveraray, Argyll

We’re forever gravitating towards Argyll. Long weekend? Night in a B&B? Favourite walk? Whatever and whenever the opportunity, we’ll always leave the city and head towards this rugged, remote region of Scotland to escape from it all. I was lucky to grow up in a tiny village on the border of Argyll and Bute proper.  Throughout my childhood, hills and sea lochs were literally on … Continue reading A day trip and watchtower walk in Inveraray, Argyll

Exploring Edinburgh: Portobello and the Pentlands

I was home on the west coast last weekend. Just for a day — actually, just for 12 hours — and it got me thinking… Is home where we settle? Or is home where we know every curve and line of the land, where we can watch the rain approaching the shore, where we could wander for hours without being found? I arrived back in Edinburgh on … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: Portobello and the Pentlands

Exploring Edinburgh: A hike up Arthur’s Seat

We are — very slowly — exploring Edinburgh. I can’t believe how long it takes to get used to a city. I can navigate parts of Leith, the New Town, even the Royal Mile, but the rest? It’s a mystery. Quite unlike our flat, which within a week, felt like home: dinners made, dishes washed, life lived. It’s so easy to fall into routine and … Continue reading Exploring Edinburgh: A hike up Arthur’s Seat

What to expect at an Instameet

Where to stop on the Borders Railway

Sometimes, when you’re sitting in an office most of the day, you forget how beautiful nature is. The season when this contrast is most apparent is autumn. Jump in the car after a day at work, and your background is sandstone tenements, modern blocks or city shopfronts. It takes the weekend — and escaping the town — to breathe fresh air, see the seasons swerve … Continue reading Where to stop on the Borders Railway

Eating Italy at Ortobio, near Rome

Warning: this post contains photos that will make you hungry. Even just editing these images has got our tummies rumbling, desperate to rewind back to the moment when the starters arrived on our table… During our Airbnb escape near Rome, we were keen to try some of the Rieti region’s most popular delicacies. We were lucky that our apartment’s handy guide suggested a range of restaurants … Continue reading Eating Italy at Ortobio, near Rome