Scottish travel writing and British tourism
I am a writer and editor with 15 years experience specialising in Scottish travel writing and British tourism. Throughout my career, I’ve worked across multiple platforms, from glossy magazines to websites, apps to newsletters, and the latest string to my bow: books.
In April 2018, I left the comfort of my editor’s chair at BRITAIN magazine to write my first book – a travel guide to Scotland for Avalon Travel called Moon Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Isle of Skye.
It was a real adventure researching the book, which took me to lots of unusual and hidden-away parts of Scotland. I had to master the art of driving winding single-track roads (mostly successfully, we won’t mention the ditch). At times I had to engage diplomacy to convince lazy local sheep to let me pass, and patience when they would not. I hiked to desolate beaches and forgotten villages to get a sense of the vastness of the landscape. It also brought home to me the human cost of the Highland Clearances.
I did my best to seek out the most convivial Highland inns and pubs and I visited many a distillery. All in the name of research, you understand.
Sometimes I travelled solo, at other times I was joined by friends or my husband. On one epic three-week expedition I even dragged the whole family along.
I’m now waiting to delve into Scottish travel writing all again for book 2, as soon as it is safe to do so, of course.
Aside from books, I am editor of Scotland magazine and I write for a range of newspapers, digital brands and magazines, with bylines in The Telegraph, lovePROPERTY, loveEXPLORING, BRITAIN, The Sunday Times, The Metro and The Independent.
I also provide copy-writing services for a leading superyacht company.