Tag: travel


Book review: Scottish island bagging

There’s something definitely beguiling about islands, bringing to mind the swathes of history that have washed their shores.   As ‘places apart’ from the mainland they’re often distinguished by their distinctive natural environments and sites of special cultural and historical significance.  For outdoors folk of course, islands have an immediate appeal as places for adventure, challenge and exploration. Scottish Island Bagging, the new book by … Read More Book review: Scottish island bagging


Cycling the Hebridean Way – Part 2

Located 40 miles off the Scottish mainland in the North Atlantic Ocean, reminders of how different life is in the Outer Hebrides are never far away.  It’s often the place that feels the brunt of Atlantic storms, and experiences them first.  And with its big skies, low lying land and exposure to fierce westerlies, the weather has a huge impact on daily life. On … Read More Cycling the Hebridean Way – Part 2


Most memorable photos of 2018

My trips this year took in not just Scotland but I also ventured a little further afield to Ireland, France and Indonesia.  From mountain to sea and from coast to coast I hiked, biked and camped my way through many adventures. Take a look as I describe some of this year’s standout memories. 1.  Cycling around Lismore On cold, frosty morning in January I … Read More Most memorable photos of 2018

Snapshots of Bali – Part 2

Soon after I posted Part 1 of my Snapshots of Bali news filtered through of the devestating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Palu and Sulawesi.  The pictures on TV have been utterly heartbreaking.   With 2,000 people killed and another 5,000 still missing this disaster is one of the deadliest since the massive Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004.  I’ve donated to the disaster emergency … Read More Snapshots of Bali – Part 2


Snapshots of Bali – Part 1

The summer seems to have flown by and my blog’s been neglected of late.  Mainly this is due to a crazily busy time at work (even blogging has to take a back seat when you’re exhausted), but I’ve also been travelling. For my globetrotting I have my daughter to thank.  She’s been volunteering in Borneo all summer having recently left school.  When her end-of-trip … Read More Snapshots of Bali – Part 1

The essence of Scotland

  Take just two minutes to enjoy this video of the essence of Scotland. Nate paid a recent visit to Scotland from California and got in touch to share the cool video he’s made.  It was great to hear that he’d made good use of my blog to find out about places to go while touring the country. How many places can you recognise?  … Read More The essence of Scotland


An eagle eye’s view of Eigg

There’s something about islands.  Maybe it’s the wistful sense of adventure that comes with travelling by boat.  Or perhaps the physical and psychological separation that gives islands their unique character, setting them apart from the familiar mainland.  Even, perhaps, it’s the feeling of ‘commitment’ in the sense that having arrived – come rain or shine – you’re there to stay …  Eigg was all of … Read More An eagle eye’s view of Eigg


All aboard the Jacobite Steam Train

  Where do you suppose the best railway journey in the world is located ?  Through the Alps in Switzerland ?  Across the Canadian Rockies ?  In fact the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Fort William and on to Mallaig has been voted the worlds’ best in the Wanderlust Travel Awards for the last three years running. The line from Glasgow to Fort William opened in … Read More All aboard the Jacobite Steam Train


VisitScotland’s Tourism Community

  What do you do when you’re researching a trip or holiday ?  How do you get the lowdown on the best places to go and places to stay ?  How do you find insider tips from locals, or discussions by people who have questions just like you ? I often look for just this kind of advice when I’m travelling somewhere new so … Read More VisitScotland’s Tourism Community


Happy Campers – Rowena and Bertha

Whether wild camping in a remote Scottish glen or having an overnight stay before an early morning flight, Bertha is the perfect functional camper van.  Rowena loves the practicality of being self-sufficient – the simple pleasures in what she calls her “micro-world” – which enables her to get out and about enjoying Scotland’s outdoors. Happy Campers’ is a series of posts featuring camper vans and … Read More Happy Campers – Rowena and Bertha


14 for 2014 #13 – Visit the westernmost part of the British mainland

That ‘end of the road’ feeling is weird.  With me, there’s normally a mix of anticipation, relief and a slight whiff of an anticlimax.  You look forward to wondering what you’ll find, you certainly look forward to the journey ending and expectations are often dashed when you get there and think: “Oh … okay … is that it ?”. This was precisely how I … Read More 14 for 2014 #13 – Visit the westernmost part of the British mainland

Campsite Review: Caolasnacon Caravan and Campsite, Kinlochleven

  In a nutshell Where: Caolascanon Caravan and Campsite, Kinlochleven, Argyll. Web: http://www.kinlochlevencaravans.com/tourerstents/  Tel: 01855 831 279 Cost: Small tents £10/night.  Campervans £17/night.  Large tents £20/night. Hook-ups free – first come, first served. Facilities: Great location right beside Loch Leven and with mountain views. Flat site with short grass, some pitches on a very slight incline.  No allocated pitches – just choose your own site.  Wash block … Read More Campsite Review: Caolasnacon Caravan and Campsite, Kinlochleven