About me


A little bit about me

Hello and welcome to my Scottish travel blog which I hope you’ll find informative and interesting, but most of all fun.

I’m Samantha but am generally known as Sam, Mrs G or Mum.  I’m married to Alex (Mr G) and we live in Edinburgh with a well travelled wee white dug called Casper.  We also share our home with the The Teen, Casper’s sloth like and gadget obsessed big sister.

All of my free time is spent travelling around Scotland.  I’ve travelled extensively throughout the country and never tire of its jawdropping and diverse beauty.

I have a vast knowledge of where to stay, eat and what to do in Scotland. Whether it be an afternoon out, a day trip or an extended tour. I also know all of the best places to go with your four legged friend.

I’m a Visit Scotland Ambassador and I helped launch their online Community in the spring of 2016.  The Community is a Scottish travel forum for sharing insider hints and tips about visiting Scotland.  Visit Scotland’s Ambassadors were selected for their expert knowledge of the country.

In January 2017 I took up the role of resident blogger for East Lothian Council on their Visit East Lothian website.  I write a fortnightly post for their blog, highlighting the delights of East Lothian.

I’m passionate about the history, language, literature, customs and myths of Scotland. I read History at the University of Edinburgh and during my time there I studied Scottish History, Literature and Politics which gave me an excellent understanding of how Scotland became the country that it is today.

I absolutely adore the great outdoors – it’s my happy place.  I love hiking, have been known to summit a Munro or two and am happiest when surrounded by lochs, moors and mountains.

My photography

I’ve been an avid hobby photographer since joining Instagram several years ago.  I’m part of a diverse group of Scottish Instagrammers with a passion for sharing Scotland with the World.

My feed @bean_nighe has appeared on Instagram’s prestigious Suggested User list.  You’ll find the Wee White Dug on Instagram too @theweewhitedug.  His feed is also dedicated to sharing our Scottish travels.

I’ve featured in articles recommending the best Scottish Instagram accounts to follow by The ScotsmanMatador Network and the award winning travel blog Stories my suitcase could tell.

My photos appear regularly on various social media channels including those of Canon UK, BBC, Skyscanners, Scottish Memories Magazine, Scotrail, Historic Scotland, Visit Scotland, Visit Britain and The Guardian.

I share my Scottish travels on Facebook and Twitter too so if you’re on those sites stop by and say hello.

I’m passionate about promoting Scotland as a wonderful place to visit.  It’s a country with a rich history and heritage. A country full of stories just waiting to be told.

I appreciate you taking the time to stop by my blog to join me on my travels.  I hope ‘Scotland with the Wee White Dug’ inspires you to visit Scotland, helps you to plan for a forthcoming trip or makes you reminisce fondly about a past visit.

If you’re interested in collaborating/working with me you can find out more here.



56 thoughts on “About me

  1. So happy to have discovered your site! My husband and I just visited Scotland for the first time in October and loved it! We spent a day near Pitlochry and then a week on Skye. We are hoping to take our parents, who also have a wee white dug, to Scotland as a surprise since our mom’s family is from Scotland. She has never been there herself. Do you have any suggestions on the best area we should take them to for 5-7 days? We could just repeat Pitlochry and Skye since we loved it. Or do you think there is another area that would give them more of a feel for Scotland, such as the Lothians, Scottish Borders, Argyll, Dumfries and Galloway? Thank you very much for any suggestions.

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    1. Thank you – so glad you enjoy the blog. I’d see somewhere new if you can. Pitlochry is pretty but there are places out there that will absolutely knock your socks off. Aberdeenshire is stunning. Lovely villages, great beaches and majestic castles. There’s a new scenic driving route there called the NE250 you could comfortably do it in 5-7 days. Google NE250 for a full itinerary. Also the roadtrip NC500 is out of this world. Roads like the Bealach na Ba have to be seen to be believed. Again just google NC500 and you’ll find a website and full itinerary plus accommodation suggestions en route. Both routes are very scenic and perfect for wee dugs and humans. If you look at my Aberdeenshire posts you’ll see a lot of the NE250 route plus I have some NC500 content too. 😊


      1. Thank you so very much! I will definitely check these places out. Aberdeenshire was a place I was wondering about since I have seen so many photos of stunning castles in that area. Thanks again!

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  2. Hi Samantha,

    I love your blog, the photos and your dog! We too happen to have a Westie, and my folks are now on their third wee Westie…… all little dogs with strong personalities! My wife and I have now made 5 trips to Scotland in the past 3 years, and I’m absolutely enthralled with the history, archaeology, culture, food, people and the raw beauty of Scotland. We’ve made it to Orkney several times, as well as Shetland, the Outer Hebrides and much of the mainland area, all very fascinating. This upcoming May we take a small boat (12 passengers) for two weeks around the southern area of the Inner Hebrides, so I’m really looking forward to seeing some of these islands for the first time.

    Keep up your blog, it’s always fun to visit your site!

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    1. Hi David, so glad to hear you love the blog. Westies are great little dogs. The boy has made our lives so much richer since he came along. It sounds like you’ve enjoyed some wonderful trips to Scotland in recent years. You’ll love the southern Hebrides. Islay or Jura are spectacular and I have a huge soft spot for Gigha. 💕


      1. I believe Gigha is on our itinerary for May, and I must admit, I know very little about it – but now I’ll definitely be looking forward to our visit! Many thanks!

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  3. Love your blog and your special westie ambassador! I visited Scotland (Edinburgh) in August from Canada, I only had 4 days there as we travelled on for 2 more weeks to England and France. Scotland is one of those places that stays with you, I want to return again for a more extensive visit following some of your gems. My 17 year old son was so inspired by Edinburgh and St. Andrews he wants to pursue university education there.

    Looking forward to following more posts


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    1. I’m glad you loves your visit and want to return. Scotland is full of delightful places to discover which you can spend a lifetime exploring. Your son has good taste – I hear all the finest people study at Edinburgh. 😉


  4. Hi Sam, so enjoyed meeting you, Casper and your husband in Kinross as Casper gave me my doggie fix, I miss my Wee Jock so much Casper made my remaining days in Scotland much easier!! It was lovely to meet all of you, you were all delightful! And I love what you are doing with your blog, you have new fans in Canada we’ll being following your every trip. Great to meet you all,love to Casper, what a sweet little guy!!! Sincerely, phyllis fox

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    1. Hi Phyllis – lovely to hear from you. It was so nice to meet you too and I’m glad to hear the boy helped with a wee doggie fix until you got home to Wee Jock. I bet he was delighted to see you. They boy’s been on the road again so will be back soon with some new adventures in Torridon. 😊


  5. Sam, I’m a Brit living out in Southern Oregon and the author of the blog (and book) Learning from Dogs. Every Sunday on my blog I publish a Picture Parade and my picture parade Two Hundred and Ten coming out tomorrow features your fabulous photographs as carried on the BBC News website on June 3rd. Only late in the day did I find this blogsite of yours – too late to ask your permission to republish those photos.

    Go across to learningfromdogs.com on Sunday and take a look. If you want the pictures removed then drop me an email to paulhandover@gmail.com and they will be removed without hesitation.

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    1. Hi Paul, I’ll check out your website, it sounds interesting. I’m happy for my photos to be used in your post as long as the article is clear that they feature ‘the Wee White Dug’ and links back to or names my website ‘Scotland with the Wee White Dug’. I don’t need my full name to be referenced, just the source.

      King regards


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  6. I love your photography…makes me sad I’m not there, but here instead in Canada, and I just love that wee dug, Casper…I thoroughly enjoy your blogging.

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  7. Your blog is amazing! To be honest, I did not know much about Scotland before. But after reading some of your posts, I think I should include Scotland into my future travel plans (and soon) 🙂
    P.S: your dog is so adorable, he really knows how to pose 😉

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  8. My mummy loves Scotland Ayrshire she was born there we go to Scotland every few months 😊 Beautiful place thank you for sharing your blog love Mitzee and Nancy 💕💕

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  9. Just found your blog. Had the pleasure of owning two wee white dugs so this is perfect. I love Scotland and westies so looking forward to your posts! 🐶😍

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  10. Loved to read your blog , brings back many fond memories of all our Glenmore Cottage holidays with our grumpy Lou who is no longer able to do the long 1200 km drive .

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