Kiev | Christmas Markets & City Wandering

During our time in Kiev we spent several evenings walking around the city enjoying the ambiance of the place. The time of year meant the streets were illuminated with Christmas lights and there was a jovial atmosphere all around. As we made our way through the streets, people were milling around and chatting happily, and…

Kiev | National History & St. Andrew’s Descent

Waking up leisurely and enjoying that ‘nothing to do because we are on holiday’ feeling meant we had a slower start to the day. However it wasn’t long before we were out of the apartment, ready to explore Kiev. Just a 10 minute walk from our apartment was the National History Museum, so we decided…

Galloway 12/18 | Loch Doon in the Sunshine

The winter sun shone brightly down on the forest park as we drove along the meandering roads. It was a beautiful drive with long shadows falling from the dark clustered trees; the open ground was covered in, now dead, bracken which was glowing orange in the light. Turning off the main road (using the term…

Galloway 12/18 | Exploring the Dalquharran Castles

It was a beautiful day and we decided to drive to the quiet little village of Dailly, situated north west of the forest park – it isn’t the prettiest of villages but it has a couple of points of interest and is surrounded in beautiful countryside. Parking up on the main street we left the…

Galloway 12/18 | Exploring the Forests of Barr

The relentless rain and head height clouds gave us the perfect excuse to have a lazy morning, but eventually we mobilised and headed to the village of Barr where lots of trails wind through the surrounding forests. With our waterproofs on we left the van behind, the clouds still hung heavily in the air and…

Galloway 12/18 | Castles on the Coast

After breakfast we drove towards Ayr and the coast, it was drizzling most of the journey but dried up just as we got out the van. We headed straight down onto Greenan beach, the tide was out and the water had the same pallid grey countenance as the sky which sat featureless above it. The…

Galloway 12/18 | Climbing Merrick

We awoke the next day to a pretty grey and blustery day, which always makes it feel even cosier, tucked up in the van! Our plan for the day was to climb Merrick, changeable weather (including some snow) had been forecast but we thought we would give it a go anyway and turn back if…