When I first started, the role of a travel writer was relatively simple. I wrote for a flurry of newspapers and magazines across the world. Despite the arrival of digital, print is still a massive part of my business. I write regular pieces for Scottish newspapers such as The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, the Sunday […]
I’ve been lucky enough to cruise on countless ships around the world as a travel writer, from the sun kissed charms of the Mediterranean and the icebergs of Greenland, then on to river cruising from Germany to Burma. There have been many highlights, but for me one country offers the finest cruising in the world and […]
If you’ve read some of my work on Scotland you might quickly get the idea I’m quite a fan of my native country! In fact, after travelling to over 100 countries in a travel writing career spanning over two decades, Scotland remains my favourite destination in the world. I always think it’s a shame when […]
I’ve had a long love affair with Croatia over the years. Since my first visit during the early 1990s I have been dozens of times, travelling all over the country and penning hundreds of articles on this most beguiling of countries, as well as six guidebooks. I headed back recently to report back on […]
I enjoy a pint of the black stuff in Dublin as much as the next man and I’m impressed even as a Scot by the wild Atlantic western fringes of Ireland. What many people don’t realise is that an altogether different Ireland awaits, one of Viking warriors and mysterious monks, amongst the rolling hills and […]
I’ve been working with the excellent Cool Places for a number of years now. I put together their Glasgow and Scotland guides from scratch I worked heavily too on building up and editing their Edinburgh guides. In recent times I have been more focussing on blogs with them. You can find some of my favourites […]
As a travel writer I’ve been lucky enough to get out and travel on some of the world’s great railway journeys, such as the Orient Express and Trans Siberian. I can say hand on tartan heart that there are, though, no more scenic railway journeys in the world than those in my native Scotland. It’s […]
Been down to Dumfries and Galloway to check on this brilliant new treehouse for the Independent on Sunday, one of the cosiest romantic escapes in the country I’d say. To go to the review just click here.