The Riding the Marches

It was a glorious Sunday when I made my way to town to watch the annual Riding of the Marches. The event has existed for centuries, and in present form commemorates the Captain of the City Band (!) riding his horse to Edinburgh in 1513 to announce the news of the loss at Flodden Fields.…

Edinburgh peaks: Arthur’s Seat

Start with the highest, work your way down, right? I was on my way to a vintage fair that turned out to be the next day, and on my roundabout way back home I first saw St Anthony’s chapel ruins behind a little loch and decided to climb it. I just saw the ruin peaking…

A room of her own

As Virginia Woolfe famously wrote, a writer, especially a woman, needs money and a room of her own to get any writing done. As a budding writer, I can’t but agree. The idea for my first book, a murder mystery, was given to me on a silver platter by a fellow passenger onboard my second container…

I have a home!

A home at last! After seventeen long months I have a home again! And in beautiful Edinburgh! Monday – getting my keys I can’t describe what it felt like opening the door to my new home for the first time in such a long time. My travels were absolutely amazing but I did miss having…

Castles in Ayr

I am writing this sitting on my very own sofa in my new flat in Edinburgh, while I wait for several deliveries today. I have more to say about having a home after such a long time on the road (spoiler – it’s heavenly!), but for now, the final entry in my Scotland travels during…

Ayr and Robert Burns

The last of my Edinburgh exile destinations was Ayr, a small town west of Glasgow, on the west coast of Scotland. It was an easy 2 hour journey from Garelochhead, with a change in Glasgow. I think I was in Glasgow once on business, but I doubt that I saw any of the city back…

North end of Loch Long and Loch Lomond

My Balloch day trip and walks in Garelochhead had left me wanting to explore the more mountainous upper reaches of Loch Long and Loch Lomond. As i mentioned in my earlier posts, it’s not very easy to get around the Loch Lomond national park without a car. It can be done, but you best check…

South end of Loch Lomond

The main reason I came to Garelochhead: Loch Lomond! The only downside is that that song has been playing in a loop in my head. Ye’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak the low road And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye.. Dammit! Did you know, by the way, that the song was written…

First days in Garelochhead

Fun fact: I keep misspelling Scotland as Stocland. Do you have any idea how many times that is now? But I digress. After a great week in Stirling, I headed to Garelochhead, a tiny village on Gare Loch, near Loch Lomond and the Trossach national park. The journey from Stirling was not too bad, about…

This and that in Stirling

Stirling was delightful, with lots to see and do. The big things I already wrote about – William Wallace, the castle and nearby Doune – so this post mops up the rest before we move onto Loch Lomond. My hostel was in the Old Town, almost at the top of a rather steep hill, and close…