Dumfries and Galloway is a region located in Scotland’s western southern uplands and one I had the pleasure of discovering recently. Despite living less than two hours away from Galloway and Dumfries it is an area I didn’t know much about until now. I visited briefly last year but sadly didn’t get enough chance to really get to know this little gem of a region.
I had no idea that it was quite so rural, green and beautiful, let alone that it was blessed with over 200 miles of coastline and some utterly stunning beaches that you wouldn’t believe were really in Scotland.
And how lucky were we that we picked the gorgeous Balcary Bay Hotel as our base for our mini break?! Read more
I LOVE a little taste of adventure when I’m travelling and Iceland is certainly a destination where you can get adventurous with all those hills to climb, volcanic caves to explore (I’ll be sharing my caving experience soon!) and glaciers to walk on.
When my brother and I spied the opportunity to go quad biking (that’s ATV’s to all you American folks!) we jumped at the chance. We were picked up from our hotel in the centre of Reykjavic and taken to the Safari Quads centre where I got my first glimpse of how giant the bikes were. Wow! They’re bigger than some small city cars!
We got a very quick safety demonstration and were shown how to use the bikes before donning our super sexy boiler suits… Read more
Spring is FINALLY here! Yay!
I hate the dark nights, the biting wind and the never-ending rain, sleet and snow showers that go hand in hand with winter. I’ve been dreaming of the long days, warmer weather and being able to go out without five layers on since I took my Christmas decorations down so I’m beyond happy to see that the strong tentacles of winter have finally slipped off and the first signs of spring are afoot.
I first began to notice the change when I took a trip down to Loch Lomond to visit the farmers market (the first and third Sunday of every month!) and enjoy a good Sunday stroll with my dad and my beloved dog Ben.
The northerly position of Iceland means that it is cool all year round and temperatures peak at 13 degrees celsius in summer and drop to an average of -3 in winter (although the lowest on record is -39.7 brrr!). That’s pretty chilly even for a Scottish girl like me!
The weather in Iceland is very changeable and it’s mostly influenced by the atmospheric depressions crossing the North Atlantic, the so-called “Iceland-lows”. You’ll find that you can experience four seasons in one day in Iceland so although you might look outside in the morning and see sunshine don’t be fooled, it’ll probably be raining by lunch! Read more
It was my 24th birthday last weekend (urgh I’m getting old!) and everyone asking me what I wanted for my birthday really got me thinking. Each time I heard the question I found myself saying ‘nothing’ and really meaning it.
I wasn’t trying to do that humble type thing where people say they don’t want anything but secretly expect loads of lovely surprises, I just genuinely didn’t really need or want anything.
Recently I’ve come to realise that the most important things to me are experiences, not material possessions. I’d far rather use the money someone would spend on buying me a gift on a travel experience instead. Read more
Today I’m fulfilling one of my travel dreams (of which there are many!) and getting on a plane to ICELAND!
Iceland has always been a place that has intrigued me and in recent years this tiny little nation has become a super popular tourist destination and I can definitely see why.
Who wouldn’t want to go to Iceland with views like this?!