Scotland 07/18 | Bothy Bound on the Applecross Peninsula

After a night of heavy rain, I actually exclaimed out loud with glee when we awoke to clear blue skies. There were soft clouds rolling in the distance but Raasay was drenched in the bright morning light, illuminating all the details of its coastline. With the door open we packed up slowly, watching the clouds…

Scotland 07/08 |Brochs & Beaches

The rain was hammering lightly on the roof and windows as I came to, it felt delightfully cosy tucked up in the van and I felt like I had had a good night’s sleep. Peering out of the window, the scene was just as grey and shrouded in mist and cloud as it had been…

Scotland 07/18 | Mist & Rain on the Sandaig Islands

It was an early awakening, followed by a wander down to the water while Callum slept on. The tide was almost at the exact same point that we left it the previous evening and you will all be pleased to hear… no stranded jellyfish this time! I positioned myself on the larger rock, which sat…

Scotland 07/18 |Castles in the Sea, Swimming in the Sound

We awoke to a grey morning, the clouds hung low over the peaks and there were a few inversions whisping between the crags. It was fairly dull and there was a lot of moisture hanging in the air so it wasn’t too long before we were heading off for our next destination and the next…

Scotland 07/18 |Wild Swimming on Day One

We left later than we planned and headed straight up the motorway, the van packed up for a week of exploring, in no time at all we crossed the border into bonnie Scotland and our holiday officially began! We drove for around 4 hours, the start of the journey nondescript as always but eventually heading…

Scottish Borders: Downpours Like No Other!

On our return walk from Dryhope Tower, this time taking the route we should have taken rather than meandering through the wildflowers, the clouds stopped looking ominous in the distance but loomed over us threateningly. We were too much in holiday mode to hurry so we sauntered back nonchalantly as though it was still a…

Scottish Borders: Dams and Towers

We faced another grey day upon awaking, however by the time the van was packed up and we were heading off it was hazy yet gloriously sunny. Driving not too far we reached the dam at the end of the reservoir and decided to get out for a stroll. A grassy path had been created…

Scottish Borders: Picnics and Owlets!

Looking for somewhere to park up for our second evening we decided to head towards Selkirk, the nearest town, just to see what was on the way – it was a short visit to the town itself, however we felt we should have at least a little wander around as we had never been there…

Scottish Borders: St Mary’s Loch

No curtains meant I woke up bright and early, around 5.30am – I took myself for a wander along the shore while Callum slept on. It was a misty morning, so much so that the opposite shoreline was barely visible; the valley was filled with a white void. The birds were already active swooping and…

Scottish Borders: Arrival

As the van was ‘campable’ (nowhere near finished, but definitely campable) we decided to go for our first weekend away! We packed up our things and straight after work we jumped on the M6 and headed north. We had picked out a spot not too far across the border, it only took an hour and…