We went to Westray for the puffins. They come to Orkney from May to August each year to breed and nest in crevices in the cliffs. Westray is an hour and a half from the mainland by boat, and so we went for a weekend with bikes and a tent. The best place to see them is Castle O… Read more of "Puffins in Westray"
Our day began with hiring bikes from someone's back garden (no need for a deposit and no, you won't need a lock), then tearing back to the port in Stromness to catch a ferry to the second largest island in Orkney, Hoy. We stood out on the narrow deck watching the birds above us… Read more of "Rackwick Bay and the Old Man Of Hoy"
As we neared the end of our four years of travelling, driving through the Atacama Desert in Chile, we talked about our favourite places. We narrowed our top fives down to top threes, and somewhere we kept coming back to was Orkney. Orkney is an archipelago off the north coast of… Read more of "A month in Orkney"
This time last year we drove around the coast of Scotland on the North Coast 500, along one track roads, Highland cattle lying on the verges, stopping off at empty white sand beaches, camping each night in our small tent. And almost every day we'd exclaim that this had been up… Read more of "Driving around Scotland (video edition)"
When I think back to our month in Orkney, I think of long, blustery walks on shingle beaches, my hair whipping my face, eating fish and chips from the little van that stopped in our village on Fridays, and huge hand-dived scallops, turquoise water and stone crofts and no one else… Read more of "Orkney (video edition)"
A couple of weeks after we got home, Festivals Edinburgh invited me to go back up to Scotland for the Edinburgh Film Festival. It was a fun 3 days of screenings, events and exploring film locations around the city. Edinburgh International Film Festival The Edinburgh International… Read more of "The Edinburgh International Film Festival"