Ireland, England, Scotland and Lockdown: 2020 to Date

My year to date hasn't been too good for getting outside and taking photos, what with sh*te Scottish weather, fleeing home across the Irish Sea when lockdown came in, managing to damage first one and then both of my camera lenses, and finally falling off my bike and being off my feet for the past … Continue reading Ireland, England, Scotland and Lockdown: 2020 to Date

2019: A Look Back in Images Part 2

Here's the second part of my review of 2019, in lieu of not actually posting much during the year. It's been great to look back as you forget just how much you get about in a year. Top image: part of the skyline of the town of Paisley in Scotland, taken in October.   Walking … Continue reading 2019: A Look Back in Images Part 2

2019: A Look Back in Images Part 1

I've neglected this blog once again, mainly for reasons relating to my move to Scotland earlier in the year.  Hopefully I'll get to post a bit more often in 2020 but for now here's a look back at some of the places I've been during 2019, namely Ireland, Scotland, England and Poland.  Top image: looking … Continue reading 2019: A Look Back in Images Part 1

Trails of Edinburgh: Union Canal and Water of Leith Walkway

I visited Edinburgh for a weekend at the end of April to visit friends and managed to fit in some great walks in the city and surrounding region.  It's long been one of my favourite cites and a big part of this is its easy access to the outdoors (helped by the hilly topography) and … Continue reading Trails of Edinburgh: Union Canal and Water of Leith Walkway

2017: A Look Back in Images (Part 1)

It's almost Christmas so it's time for another 'year in review' post, partly to remind myself what I've been up to during 2017. I had a quick look through my 2016 round-up and it was possibly a bit 'showy', featuring highlights from my voluntary redundancy-funded adventures in places like Austria, Macedonia, Jordan, Vietnam, China and … Continue reading 2017: A Look Back in Images (Part 1)

Bastions and Border-Hopping in Berwick: Part 2

In my previous post, I told of my excitement (odd, some might say) at taking a day trip to the English border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed during a recent visit to friends in Edinburgh. I recounted how we walked the majority of the town's Elizabethan defensive walls, visited the lighthouse at the mouth of the River Tweed and … Continue reading Bastions and Border-Hopping in Berwick: Part 2

Bastions and Border-Hopping in Berwick: Part 1

During my recent visit to Edinburgh, we took a day trip to a town that had long intrigued me: Berwick-upon-Tweed, just across the border in the English county of Northumberland. I've always been fascinated by borders and Berwick is the ultimate frontier town, famously changing hands between England and Scotland numerous times up until 1482 when the … Continue reading Bastions and Border-Hopping in Berwick: Part 1

Hills of Edinburgh: Calton Hill and Blackford Hill

I visited friends in beautiful Edinburgh for a few days last week and took the opportunity to head up a couple of the city's hills.  I'd been up them before on previous visits but's it's such a stunning city, both architecturally and setting-wise, that I was happy to fit in some exercise and take in the … Continue reading Hills of Edinburgh: Calton Hill and Blackford Hill

2016 Hikes & Cycles in Review: Part 1

I've been meaning for a while to add a 'year in review' post with photos from my hikes and cycles during 2016.  As well as trips within Ireland, these include excursions in mainland Europe, Asia and the US during my voluntary redundancy-funded travels earlier this year. Many of these were short, urban trips or hikes/cycles at tourist attractions. I … Continue reading 2016 Hikes & Cycles in Review: Part 1

Cycling in Galloway, Scotland: Photo Blog (A Year Late)

In September 2015 I spent a very enjoyable few days cycling in the Galloway region (specifically its western half) of southwest Scotland. It's taken a year but here are some highlights in photos. It's a stunning and very underrated area, probably overlooked in favour of the Highlands and Islands, but ideal for a cycling break with its quiet … Continue reading Cycling in Galloway, Scotland: Photo Blog (A Year Late)