The Trossachs | A Snowy Weekend

It has become a little tradition of ours to break away for a few days early in the year, usually when the weather is still cold and miserable, to the Trossachs National Park. It is an area we usually avoid during the rest of our Scotland wanderings due to the newly appointed camping management zones…

Chernobyl | The Russian Woodpecker

As we made our way out of Pripyat the day was drawing to a close. The light was fading gradually and our snow clad surroundings were drenched in the cold blue of the evening light. We walked towards the edge of town where the buildings were less numerous and the snow fell heavily upon us,…

Chernobyl | Pripyat Town

The large sign for Pripyat town stands bold and alone at the side of a long empty road. Its modern design juxtaposes against the surrounding area, full of trees and nothing more. The thick blanket of snow that covered the land while we were there only added to the solitude of the place. The sign…

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 | 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…

Galloway 12/18 |Arrival and Exploring Kirroughtree

It was grey and rainy leaving the Lakes, we had intended to make our way up the night before but a pretty awful storm was blowing through. The lashing rain and gale force winds kept us at home for another evening, leaving the next day instead. A good decision because after leaving in the rain,…