Category: Scotland

May 3, 2022

CELEBRATING SPRING AT THE BELTANE FIRE FESTIVAL

This past Saturday, I found myself surrounded by fire, drumming, and hundreds of people joined together to celebrate the height of Spring and promise of returning Summer.  Beltane (Gaelic for ‘bright fire’) is an ancient Iron Age Celtic festival, symbolising the change in seasons and emergence from a dark, cold winter. A celebration of the […]

March 8, 2022

SCOTTISH MYTHOLOGY: THE KELPIES

Have you heard of the kelpie? According to Scottish legend, kelpies are shape-shifting aquatic spirits that are said to haunt rivers and streams, usually in the shape of a horse.  But beware! These majestic beings are not so nice, and like to target children in particular. They do this by appearing as sweet, friendly ponies, in […]

January 25, 2022

A WALK IN THE PENTLAND HILLS

Located just 5 miles to the south of Edinburgh, the Pentland Hills provide some of the best hillwalking and stunning views, just a stone’s throw away from the capital city. Last weekend, to beat the January blues, my boyfriend and I decided to get out of the city and into nature for a change of […]

December 7, 2021

CHRISTMAS IN EDINBURGH: 5 WAYS TO ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SEASON

This festive season is here! Edinburgh Castle is festooned with lights, the Christmas market is in full force, we’ve had a small dusting of snow, and there’s an unmistakable feeling that something festive is in the air. After a bit of a quiet Christmas last year, it’s evident that the city is making up for […]

November 30, 2021

ONE YEAR IN EDINBURGH!

It’s been one year since we packed up our life in Sweden and moved to Scotland, and wow- time has flown by!  Moving to a new place in the midst of a pandemic has definitely been tricky; between obtaining all the right paperwork/covid tests, bringing the cats, putting our things in storage, and quarantining only […]

November 16, 2021

10 SCOTTISH FOODS YOU NEED TO TRY

While I’m sure you’ve heard of Scottish classics like whisky and haggis, Scotland has much to offer in terms of traditional foods (yes, at this point I would call Irn Bru traditional). So whether you’re planning a trip to beautiful Scotland, or just interested in Scottish culture, these 10 foods are a must try! Curious […]

October 26, 2021

6 SCOTTISH WORDS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Did you know that Scotland has 3 official languages? English, Gaelic, and Scots. These languages (particularly Scots in the lowland region, aka where I’m located!) remain a valuable part of Scotland’s cultural identity, and appear in songs, poetry, literature, as well as in daily conversation.  When we first decided to move to Edinburgh, something I was […]

June 15, 2021

5 BRUNCH LOCATIONS IN EDINBURGH YOU HAVE TO TRY NOW

The combination of lockdown lifting and warmer weather really has me in the mood to BRUNCH. Is there anything better than a lazy lie-in on the weekend followed by a delicious brunch with friends? The lack of this beautiful tradition in Sweden really had this basic girl feeling deprived, and you can bet that the […]

May 11, 2021

7 HIDDEN SECRETS OF THE ROYAL MILE IN EDINBURGH SCOTLAND

Stretching from the Palace of Holyroodhouse all the way to the majestic Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile is one of the city’s best known streets. Covering just over a mile, the Royal Mile is overlooked by historic, towering tenements, between which winding closes and secret stairways intertwine to create a secret world bursting with historic significance. […]

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