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...

The Magic of Hoy, Orkney

As a child, nothing could excite me more than a trip to Hoy.  It sounds strange, I know; I grew up on an island; I spent every day cut off from mainland Scotland, and yet when it came to the holidays, what I lo...