the great outdoors

10 great places to go kayaking in Scotland

Fancy a spot of kayaking in Scotland?  Excellent choice!  With its rugged coastlines, temptingly-close islands and a mere 30,000 lochs to explore, Scotland is the perfect place to hone your paddling skills. ...

The best places to eat near Glencoe, Scotland

With its breathtaking mountain scenery, rugged country walks and sprawling lochs all ripe for exploring, it's no wonder that Glencoe is seen by many as the gateway to Scotland's great outdoors.  Every year, the...

The Simmer Dim: A Short Story by Izzy Gray

In 2020, lockdown hit, forcing us into our homes and taking away the usual travel opportunities.  It's been a heartbreaking time for many reasons, but if there's one beacon of light to shine through the mire, f...

A 3 day guide to visiting Orkney for the first time

It seems mad that in all these years writing about beautiful corners of the world I’ve rarely touched upon my home island of Orkney!  It’s not intentional, I swear!  It’s actually surprisingly tricky to write a...

A night at the Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry

If you go down to the woods today you're sure of a big surprise...Well, if you head down to Faskally Woods this Autumn, that's definitely going to be the case!  Every year, Scotland's Perthshire town of Pitloch...

10 things to do in Montreux, Switzerland

Perched on the edge of Lake Geneva lies the Swiss town of Montreux.  It's somewhere I first visited at the age of sixteen whilst on a Geography trip around Europe with my school, and it's somewhere I've thought...

The overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

It was 4am. I was woken by a crack, piercing and metallic. My eyes were slow to adjust to the darkness. Fatigue had left me disorientated, and for a moment, I struggled to remember where I was. Lightening so...
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