Neolithic Orkney: let your imagination run wild

I'm frequently asked which is my favourite world heritage site. My reply always used to be that there are so, so many. Then I went to the Orkney Islands. And discovered there was one that stands out, after all; the one that speaks the most profoundly [...]

2018-10-15T17:23:05+00:0015 October 2018|Orkneys, UNESCO World Heritage|

Mary King’s Close: Edinburgh through the ages

It's October, my favourite month. Warm, golden colours, leaves crunching underfoot, chestnuts kicked about, autumn winds, cool, refreshing temperatures, movement, flow. There's mystery in the air. Anything might happen. I was born in October, on Halloween, no less. On my 30th birthday, two thousand million [...]

Uisge-beatha: Following the Scotch trail on Islay

Ever wanted to learn how to make whisky? Here's your chance. But what about uisge-beatha, you say? What does that mean? Read on, and all will become clear. We did a 4-day whisky tour of Islay, a small island in the Hebrides. The tour took [...]

St Conan’s Kirk: a curious Scottish church

By Alexandra Redisch in Loch Awe St Conan's Kirk must always have stunned visitors as it does me today. Although the church may look many centuries old, it was completed in 1930. The architect was Walter Campbell. Or architect... he had no formal training, but [...]

2014-09-10T16:24:41+00:0010 September 2014|Art and architecture, Scotland|

Sir Walter Scott Monument in Edinburgh

The #FriFotos* theme this week is shapes. As per usual, I close my eyes and focus on the first thing that pops up. This time, it's the fabulously Gothic Scott monument in Edinburgh. Wandering along Princes' Street, Edinburgh's main thoroughfare, you can't help but gaze [...]

2014-07-25T09:19:39+00:009 January 2014|Art and architecture, Scotland|

Scotland Street, Edinburgh

I may have told you before about my love affair with Alexander McCall Smith, or more specifically, his characters. The wise lady detective in Gaborone, the inimitable Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie, the pompous Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, the wonderfully quirky characters in 44 Scotland Street - I want to know them all. Just think of the dinner party discussions...

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