We often think of commuting as wasteful and inconvenient. But is it entirely negative?
This year I took part in Pedal for Scotland, an annual charity cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh. I had never cycled anything like that distance before.
On Saturday 4 November, we had been together for 2 million minutes. So I whisked Alex off for a mystery trip to the north east of Scotland.
Move more. Get up and walk about. And I don’t just mean in the office. Go out for a walk, get some fresh air for a meeting.
Last month, Alex and I were one of 50,000 people to take part in a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to walk over the new Queensferry Crossing.
The odd thing about John O’Groats is that you would imagine it being like the edge of the world the way people talk about it. But once you get there, it doesn’t feel like the edge of anything.
We covered the whole northern coast of Scotland in one day.
On a glorious day we saw a beautiful lighthouse, walked to a natural wonder and stayed at a campsite with the most incredible view.
The next stage of our journey took us to the North West Highlands Geopark, where the landscape was at its most dramatic.
This day’s drive was a long one. In total, we spent over four and a half hours driving. But we just had time to stop off at a legendary beach before heading to the wonderful Badrallach campsite.
We continued our North Coast 500 by heading west. But we were a little disappointed by one of the area’s main attractions.
Part 1 of a series of posts about the North Coast 500, a road trip that takes you on a circular route around the north coast of the Highlands of Scotland.
How my brother and I caught the bug at the world’s most legendary motor race.
This month Alex and I took a long weekend break in Berlin. Despite almost getting caught up in something nasty, we had a brilliant time.
Our trip to Tiree was my first visit to a Hebridean island. The beautiful and quiet island reluctantly revealed its secrets over the course of the week.
Jupiter Artland, which reopens for the summer this weekend, is arguably one of the area’s greatest cultural assets.
Highlights from the most unique city I have ever visited.
Alex and I took a trip to Italy for new year. Among our highlights from Rome were a visit to the Vatican City and new year’s eve at the Colosseum.
Stories and photographs from my holiday to Wales last month.
You don’t need to have a purpose to walk. The physical and mental health benefits are manifest. My daily walk is as important to me as brushing my teeth.
Bars are not open before midnight at new year in Reykjavik. But that didn’t stop it from being the best new year’s experience I have ever had.
It is true that Iceland can be an expensive place to eat out. And their beer is not always great. But with care, you can get around both issues.
There is some interesting architecture in Iceland. Here are some buildings that particularly caught my eye on my recent trip there.
It’s no secret that Iceland has some stunning scenery. Its geography is just fantastic. Nature does not get much more extreme than volcanoes. But more visually spectacular are its waterfalls — and, of course, the northern lights.
About half of my trip to Iceland was spent in Reykjavik. Read about my trips to a geothermal spring, Reykjavik’s museums and shopping for an Icelandic jumper.
I went on holiday to Iceland over new year. I have plenty to write about, but this first article looks at my general impressions of Iceland as a country.
With me thinking about taking up photography more seriously as a hobby, I have found another great reason to use Google+ — its awesome photo editing features.
Last weekend I took a trip up to the Highlands. There I climbed up Fyrish Hill, overlooking the Cromarty Firth near Alness.
We took a trip to Dronley Wood near Auchterhouse. The foggy day did not make for great photos. But it did create a mysterious atmosphere, which was heightened by the buzzing pylons.
A trip to the Caterthuns, a pair of iron age forts near Edzell in Angus.
For our latest Angus and Dundee walk, we decided to go a bit further afield. The Rocks of Solitude are situated at the River North Esk, just north of Edzell, on the border between Angus and Aberdeenshire.
It has been a while since we have had a chance to do one of these walks. We returned to Newtyle to tackle the romantic looking Kinpurney Hill.
The new sculpture at Dundee Law initially served to confuse me rather than amuse me. But hopefully it is the first of many improvements needed in the area.
This was our final day in the Lake District, so we had just a few hours to spend before we had to think about making our way back home. I returned to Aira Force, and we explored further around Ullswater.
Our fourth day in the Lake District saw us trying to climb the Old Man of Coniston, before taking a more relaxing — though unsettling — trip to Keswick.
This was a day of getting lost and unexpected adventures. But it was probably the highlight of our holiday. We took in a waterfall, two high hills, a lake, a beautiful village and a great pub.
Last week I went on a holiday to the Lake District with my girlfriend. This is the first post in a short series about our adventures in the Lake District. In days one and two we explored Ambleside and walked to Windermere.
Our project to complete 40 walks in Dundee and Angus gave me the perfect excuse to explore the Newtyle Railway.
My girlfriend and I are attempting to complete 80 walks in our area. Our first walk was at Balmashanner Hill in Forfar.