Carpe Diem, but first coffee ☕️ . I get asked about coffee stops in Edinburgh and think it’s a great time to make a list up of gems both known and hidden. Where have you enjoyed in Edinburgh? Personally I love a stop The Wall @twcdh, @hellolovecrumbs @artisancoffeeroasters @TwelveTriangles and afternoon tea @thebalmoral always a treat. Oh and of course @themilkmancoffee (pictured) I look forward to your suggestions though and I’ll put together a top 5 list and VLOG in the next few weeks . Photo Gracias @may_garcias . #Scotland #VisitBritain #BBCBritain #BBCTravel #GuardianTravelSnaps #UK #LoveGreatBritain #BritainOnTheRoad #urban #PassionPassport #lAmATraveler #bestukpics #photosofbritain #watchthisinstagood #justgoshoot #BestVacations #coffee #edinburgh #topukphoto #travellingtheworld #travellingthroughtheworld #theprettycities #guardiancities #lonelyplanet #postcardsfromtheworld #topeuropephoto
Edinburgh Lovers 🖤 . Perched on an old extinct volcano this is the Old Town of Edinburgh - a bustling area of centuries-old buildings and narrow alleys dating back to medieval times drawing visitors to its centuries-old buildings and narrow alleys, pends and lanes. An official UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, you can walk anywhere in the Old Town and be following in the footsteps of kings and queens, invading armies, religious radicals, dissenters, murderers and more . In partnership with Edinburgh's most prestigious hotel @thebalmoral I am running Instagram tours of Edinburgh Old Town in 2018. Link for information on these tours is in my bio or email me direct email@example.com . COMPETITION. I will send a FREE copy of this picture to one person anywhere on the world picked randomly who likes and comments on this post. Good luck . #Scotland #VisitScotland #VisitBritain #BBCBritain #BBCTravel #GuardianTravelSnaps #LoveGreatBritain #Edinburgh #City #Lovers #PassionPassport #lAmATraveler #bestukpics #photosofbritain #outandaboutscotland #britains_talent #scotlandsites #watchthisinstagood #BestVacations #worldtravelbook #topukphoto #travellingtheworld #travellingthroughtheworld #guardiancities #lonelyplanet #postcardsfromtheworld
Simply St Andrew’s 🏴 . St Andrews has many landmarks including the jaw dropping Cathedral founded in 1195 and the largest church to have been built in Scotland. In 2018 St Andrew’s has a new landmark destination! I had a lot of fun joining the team at the opening of the new @broracashmere boutique store in St Andrews this week. It was a chilly day and this scarf I was wearing from the boutique was warm and oh my goodness how soft it was! Brora has outlets all over the UK and New York and is one of Britain’s best loved and modern cashmere clothing brands. Was a real treat to meet and interview Victoria Stapleton founder and creative director. I am sure the store is going to do very well in St Andrew’s. You can view several Insta Story’s from my day in my Highlights at the top of my page. Thank’s friends! Hope your travel plans to Scotland are coming together?!! . Photo @toddjcameron . #Scotland #StAndrews #VisitScotland #VisitBritain #BBCBritain #BBCTravel #GuardianTravelSnaps #UK #LoveGreatBritain #capturingbritain #BritainOnTheRoad #exploretocreate #GetOutside #PassionPassport #lAmATraveler #bestukpics #photosofbritain #scotlandsites #justgoshoot #BestVacations #worldtravelbook #topukphoto #travellingtheworld #travellingthroughtheworld #theprettycities #guardiancities #lonelyplanet #postcardsfromtheworld #topeuropephoto #portraitphotography
Edinburgh Pop 🥤 ❤️🖤❤️ . There is no such thing as a bad day in Edinburgh- the rain only makes the city sparkle all the more! ✨ . An early Saturday morning walk down the Royal Mile. It’s a Royal View no less. St Giles Cathedral pictures on the right. Edinburgh has been the Scottish capital since the 15th century. It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neoclassical New Town, whose development from the 18th century onwards had a far-reaching influence on European urban planning. The harmonious juxtaposition of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character. . I love this city walk and of course we walk this historic Old Town street on your tour with me in 2018! Booking link in my Bio - working in partnership with @thebalmoral - hope to see you soon!
Set in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, this new build lodge @cairngorms.lodge is absolutely - let me say it again - ABSOLUTELY stunning! It’s extremely spacious, 4 double bedrooms, warm - lovely log fire - immaculately decorated and furnished. The attention to detail throughout is second to none. I recommend very highly to you! . Cairngorm Lodge is offering 20% off booking in Feb or March when you quote iangblack20 Contact Andrew at the page and he will book you in! . I spent a wonderful weekend here with family and I can assure you - you will LOVE it! . #Scotland #VisitScotland #VisitBritain #BBCBritain #BBCTravel #GuardianTravelSnaps #ig_scotland #UK #LoveGreatBritain #BritainOnTheRoad #PassionPassport #lAmATraveler #bestukpics #photosofbritain #outandaboutscotland #britains_talent #scotlandsites #watchthisinstagood #BestVacations #worldtravelbook #topukphoto #travellingtheworld #travellingthroughtheworld #guardiancities #lonelyplanet #postcardsfromtheworld
‘Portraits of a Nation’ - a new series of Scottish portraits by @iangblack . I’ve wanted to do a series on Scottish people for a little while and whilst walking through Dundee City Centre today it all came together to start today. Please allow me to introduce you to ‘Fast Eddie’ - a much loved local here in my home city of Dundee. Eddie sings and plays - at some speed I might add (!)- on his harmonica in the city centre as shoppers pass by. He always has a smile for passers by. Some take notice and drop some money in his cap and go on their way . SO Eddie is more famous than I thought and I’m just learning TODAY an award winning documentary film has been made of Eddie - Fabulous! I will put the link in my bio for a few days so you can go see . I am trying more portrait shots I got to thinking as wouldn’t Eddie make a really interesting subject to photograph - if he’d let me! So I did an about turn in the High Street and approached smiling asking if he wouldn’t mind having his photo taken. He was so nice and seemed genuinely honoured I’d asked to take his photo. I asked if he wanted a coffee - said he had one - then he asked me if I’d like a cigarette. He began to play people dropped coins into his hat and passed on by. It’s the People that make a city isn’t it . #portrait #portraitpage #scotland #city #UK #LoveGreatBritain #capturingbritain #BritainOnTheRoad #folkcreative #lAmATraveler #bestukpics #photosofbritain #outandaboutscotland #justgoshoot #worldtravelbook #travellingtheworld #travellingthroughtheworld #guardiancities
An Edinburgh Tour & Tale 🏴 . This is The Writers Museum and I felt it an appropriate post given it’s Burns Night (tomorrow) and across the globe people will be celebrating the national poet of Scotland. Our most famous literary son is much more than words on a page. From Aberdeen to Winnipeg, statues and monuments of the bard can be found across the world 🌍 . With well over 60 statues dedicated to the Scots poet, Robert Burns is third in line after Christopher Columbus and Queen Victoria in the number of statues dedicated to a non-religious figure worldwide. . Blown away by the interest being shown in my #Edinburgh tours in 2018 since I made a short video tour (link in bio) last Friday of some notable locations we will visit if you book an Edinburgh city Instagram tour with me in partnership with @thebalmoral May and September in particular are looking busy, so my advice if coming would be to book early! The link is in my bio at the top of the page. To enquire or book email me firstname.lastname@example.org 🏴 . Pictured is The Writers Museum just off the Royal Mile. Photo credit @toddjcameron . Some history follows!..... . 🎓The Writers’ Museum occupies Lady Stair’s House, a category ‘A’ listed building. The house was built in 1622 by Sir William Gray of Pittendrum, an Edinburgh merchant burgess. Its many subsequent owners include Elizabeth, Dowager Countess of Stair, whose name remains associated with the house and adjacent close. . In 1895, when threatened by a housing clearance scheme, the property was purchased and renovated by the 5th Earl of Rosebery, a direct descendent of the first owner. The Earl gifted the house to the City Of Edinburgh in 1907 for use as a museum. . The writers celebrated in the Museum have no direct connection with the house. However, all three would have been familiar with the closes and wynds of the Old Town and Robert Burns lived in neighbouring Baxter’s Close when he arrived in Edinburgh in 1786. . A rare first-edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, featuring personal anecdotes and illustrations by author J.K. Rowling, was placed on display at Edinburgh’s Writers’ Museum.
In The Dark of Candle Lane ♡ . Taking a shot in Candle Lane near the city harbour in Dundee on a day of home town photography with @toddjcameron and @l_l_e_n_a_ The light was just right on this lane and I rather liked how this came out . I drove down the single track cobbled Candle Lane, parked up with hazard lights on (“we’ll only be 5 mins” I said) when Madeleine looked at me with urgency “this guy needs your car moved”. Well I shot up from a crouched position was in taking shots and my knee simply WENT! I was CRYING, pure greetin’ into the wall! The fella gets irate as I’m not moving to shift my car but thankfully he eventually sees my predicament and walking up to me offers to drive my car to me. I simply hand him my car keys - no questions! . Well I did somehow manage to drive home to rest my leg for several hours! So lessons are 1. Park legally 2. Look after your knees and don’t suddenly get up like I did 3. Don’t get old 🤣 . Light was just right! Thanks @toddjcameron . #Scotland #VisitScotland #Dundee #VisitBritain #BBCBritain #BBCTravel #GuardianTravelSnaps #ig_scotland #UK #LoveGreatBritain #PassionPassport #outandaboutscotland #watchthisinstagood #justgoshoot #peoplescreatives #exploretocreate #theoutbound #lifeofadventure #BestVacations #worldtravelbook #topukphoto #travellingtheworld #travellingthroughtheworld #guardiancities #lonelyplanet #city #dark #portrait
Edinburgh the best city in the world 🏴 . After a days filming in Scotland’s Capital yesterday there was only one location I could post from today (I like to post on a Saturday evening - another wild night in front of the TV!) This City is Scotland’s capital but it’s not ours to own - the city truly belongs to the world and we warmly invite you to come see for yourself why we love it so! Huge thanks to @camobscura1 for allowing myself and pal @toddjcameron onto the roof for some spectacular views . “The view of Edinburgh from the road before you enter Leith is quite enchanting: it is, as Albert said, fairy-like and what you would only imagine as a thing to dream of, or to see in a picture.” Queen Victoria . I made a 5 minute film entitled ‘A Perfect Day In Edinburgh’ featuring my day’s tour around the city yesterday - why not grab a coffee, follow the link in my bio and watch in full?! ☕️ 🎥 #Scotland #City #VisitBritain #Europe #BBCBritain #BBCTravel #GuardianTravelSnaps #UK #LoveGreatBritain #capturingbritain #BritainOnTheRoad #exploretocreate #GetOutside #PassionPassport #lAmATraveler #bestukpics #photosofbritain #outandaboutscotland #scotlandsites #BestVacations #worldtravelbook #topukphoto #travellingtheworld #travellingthroughtheworld #theprettycities #guardiancities #lonelyplanet #postcardsfromtheworld #topeuropephoto
🔈 EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT! OPENING DATE OF V&A DUNDEE TODAY ANNOUNCED AS 15.09.18 🔈 . This is a date for your diary folks, one you do NOT want to miss! The date for the opening of @vadundee - the very first offshoot of the world renown Victoria and Albert Museum in London housing the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, is opening right here in my home city of Dundee and has today been announced as the 15th September 2018. Woop Woop 🙌🏻 . The renaissance of Dundee after decades of post industrial decline is nothing short of miraculous. A city built on the 3 J’s of Jute Jam and Journalism, Dundee was awarded the UK's first UNESCO City of Design status in 2014 for its diverse contributions to fields including medical research, comics and video games. The city was then heralded as the UK’s coolest small city by GQ Magazine in 2015, this is a massive for #Dundee now being heralded by the likes of CNN, The Wall Street Journal as a must visit destination in 2018. . The @vadundee designed by Japanese artist Kengo Kim’s is the centrepiece of a £1.5 billion waterfront transformation of this city City chiefs hope that the museum, which rises up to 60 feet tall, will help bolster Dundee’s bid to be crowned a European Capital of Culture in 2023 . So when you come to Scotland you must come to Dundee. Where is it some of you may ask? It’s not much more than an hours drive north of Edinburgh. It’s also just 12 miles from historic St Andrew’s you will also want to visit when in the area. I’m happy to be contacted for local tours of the area and details of where to go where to stay and what to do! #visualsoflife #vadundee
This Charming Mews 🖤 . I love this Mews. Got this shot just before Christmas. Thank you to the group of young Americans over for Christmas and New Year from Florida who helped with this shot, I apologise I didn’t grab, or have lost the Insta name of whoever took it 🙈 if you see this pls say Hello and I thank you. I hope you all found @hellolovecrumbs Stockbridge coffee house I was trying to direct you to - though I’ve not been yet I plan to this week if I can. Finally a big Thank you to @stockbridgelocal for featuring one of my shots recently. I don’t get so many features so again thank you! This lane is on the route of my Edinburgh City Insta Tours (link in bio). Exciting to get another booking in this week albeit it’s in September! Are you coming to Edinburgh this year, I’d love to meet you for a tour. We start with coffee and bacon roll at @thebalmoral what could be nicer?!!!! . Scotland #Edinburgh #VisitBritain #BBCBritain #BBCTravel #GuardianTravelSnaps #UK #LoveGreatBritain #capturingbritain #BritainOnTheRoad #exploretocreate #PassionPassport #lAmATraveler #photosofbritain #scotlandsites #watchthisinstagood #justgoshoot #worldtravelbook #topukphoto #travellingtheworld #travellingthroughtheworld #theprettycities #guardiancities #lonelyplanet #streetleaks #streetdreamsmag #lensculture #instagram #instagood #topeuropephoto
A St Andrew’s Saunter 🏴 . This is one of Europe’s finest towns with more history than the towns bookstore could possibly hold! . 2018 looks like it’s going to full of travel I’m excited to say and delighted @buckleandseam have provided me with this beautiful travel accessory. Do check out their exquisite product, and even get yourself 15% off any order by using code ‘buckleandian15’ (see what they did there!?) 😊 . Photo credit & thanks @danielle_stewart_ ☝🏻👏🏻 . As I say big travel plans afoot. News to follow! I’ve had massive response to my Scottish hidden gems blog report coming - I’ll be sending next week. Email email@example.com if you want in! Hope you are all well friends!