About me

My Scottish Travel blog

Welcome to my Scottish travel blog which I hope you’ll find informative and interesting, but most of all fun. Here you’ll find tales of my travels around Scotland. They’ll be packed with information on great places to eat, sleep and lots of things to see and do in my bonnie homeland. You can read them for pleasure, or to help you plan a day trip, short break or longer holiday in Scotland.

What you won’t find here are those lists travel bloggers love ‘100 things you MUST do in Achiltibuie’ – you known the ones. My aim is to promote Scotland as a fantastic place to visit, not order you around like you’re at boot camp.

You’ll never find me endorsing anything on this blog simply because I’ve been paid to say nice things. Nor will you find advertisements or affiliate links that earn me commission. Everything featured on this website comes fully endorsed by me, regardless of whether I’ve paid for it myself or been invited to review it. This is a positive and honest blog which aims to showcase the best of Scotland through my eyes.

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About me and my love of Scotland

Now you know a little about the type of blog I write, here’s some info about me.

I’m Samantha, a Lowland Scot from Edinburgh. I usually go by the name of Sam, Mrs G or Mum. I’m married to Alex aka Mr G. He’s a Highlander who hails from Clan Grant territory. We live in Edinburgh with Casper The Wee White Dug, a West Highland White Terrier who was born in Ayrshire – just like Rabbie Burns. Casper has two human big sisters, one who still lives at home and another who’s flown the nest.

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My blog takes us all over the country, so we’re frequently on the road. Travelling around Scotland gives us such a buzz. We’ll never tire of the jaw-dropping beauty we see on our Scottish road trips.

Our travels have given me an in-depth knowledge of Scotland as a visitor destination.

I love the history, language, literature, customs and myths of Scotland. I studied Scottish History and Literature at Edinburgh University and my interest in those subjects has never waned.

The great outdoors is my happy place.  I love hiking and have been known to summit a Munro or two. I’m happiest when I’m surrounded by lochs and mountains, or wandering on a remote Scottish beach. Fortunately, Mr G and The Wee White Dug share my passion too.

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Photographing Scotland

I’ve been an avid hobby photographer since downloading Instagram in 2012. It was photographing Scotland that prompted me to start writing my Scottish travel blog.

My @bean_nighe Instagram feed has been featured on Instagram’s Suggested User list – the stuff of dreams for Instagrammers.

The Wee White Dug is on Instagram too @theweewhitedug.  His feed is also dedicated to our Scottish travels. He gets waaaaaaaay more likes than I do.

Last to join the party and document our travels on Instagram was Mr G – chauffeur and part-time itinerary planner at ‘Scotland with The Wee White Dug’. He’s gone from reluctantly indulging my love of photography to getting up at 6am on our road trips for early morning photography hikes. You’ll find him at @a_d_granty.

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

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

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I share my Scottish travels over on Facebook and Twitter too.

I appreciate you taking the time to visit my wee Scottish travel blog.  Do stick around for a virtual tour. I hope ‘Scotland with The Wee White Dug’ inspires you to visit Scotland, helps you to plan a trip, or makes you reminisce fondly about a past visit.

If you’re a business interested in featuring on my blog you’ll find information about working with me here.

Sam x

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66 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Sam
    I have been on loads of hols to Scotland and in June I will be on a wildlife week near Fort William and a few days thereafter in the Cairngorms, Dunkeld and Perth. Scotland is my favourite part of the UK.
    I am a hobby photographer – landscapes and anything going, including pooches. So I will email you to let you know what wildlife etc I will see – definitely pine martens.
    I love the wee white dug! He should be awarded a CBE – Canine of the British Empire! Take care, Janet Turner

    1. Aww that sounds like a wonderful trip. I hooked youโ€™re lucky with the wildlife spotting. Ha ha I think the boy would like that award. ๐Ÿ˜‚

  2. Hi Sam,

    I do so enjoy your blog. I’ll be visiting next month and look forward to hiking and hopefully seeing a lot of Westies! I’m ready to get another Westie. I miss my Cooper every day.

    ๐ŸŒธ Mary

    1. Itโ€™s so hard when you lose a four-legged friend. Theyโ€™re all such different characters that getting another will be a whole new experience. Plus Cooper will always live on in your memory. I hope you have an incredible time in Scotland. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. Oh my heaven I am so happy to have found your blog. My husband, my son and I are planning a month-long visit starting early in June and I am so looking forward to it. As many have done, I started being interested and fell in love with Scotland through the series Outlander but I certainly realize there is so much more. We are starting our trip in London but plan a road trip up through Wales to search out some of my husband’s family and eventually toScotland. I am looking forward to visiting several of the Outlander filming sites , but would also love any other suggestions that you might have on what not to miss. My son’s wife has relatives in Glasgow so we’re going to finish our trip there. Cannot wait!

    1. That sounds like a fabulous trip. I have an Outlander post you may enjoy if youโ€™ve not already seen it. It shares some of my favourite Outlander filming destinations in Scotland. I also have a couple of Glasgow blogs with ideas for things to see and do in the city. Pretty much everything that makes it into the blog aiโ€™d recommendation. Youโ€™ll have a ball whatever you do and a month will give you a change to see lots. Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. I love your dog! I would love to get a westie one day and seeing Casper travel around Scotland never fails to cheer me up! ๐Ÿ™‚ Im from Edinburgh and defiantly think there are loads of beautiful places in Scotland people don’t realise are at their doorstep

    1. Youโ€™re so right. Scotland is full of wonderful places. Westies make great companions so Iโ€™d definitely recommend getting one. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. 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.

    1. Thank you – so glad you enjoy the blog. Iโ€™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. Thereโ€™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 youโ€™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 youโ€™ll see a lot of the NE250 route plus I have some NC500 content too. ๐Ÿ˜Š

      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!

      2. Cheryl, this may be way too late and I donโ€™t know bloggind… but, 1 take your mom if possible home villages of her family too!! I did that in Germany in โ€˜16 , found 3 1700โ€™s still standing and occupied and one was occupied Still by a 4th cousin!! Never knew!! Going back in 3 weeksbeginninh June to see and stay a few days each (village) which they call โ€œcitiesโ€. But I hope you get this in time and slso.. to EVERYONE!! I have had a Total of 6 Westies. Usually at least 2 and up to the last 4. โ€œ4โ€ was a โ€œfoster failureโ€. Had my last Big White Knight from 6 months in St Louis MissouriUSA to Florida USA and he Danced over the Rainbow ๐ŸŒˆ Bridge at around age 15 yrs. would love โค๏ธ 1-6 more but my active time has passed so am looking foe a Senior but light enough I can pick up to cuddle. Good Luck!! WeeWhiteDugs are just the Best!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Šโ™ฅ๏ธโค๏ธ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ˜˜

  6. I am so happy to have discovered your blog. I went to Scotland once and I really want to go back to visit more of this beautiful country. I am sure I will find a lot of interesting post on your blog.

  7. 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!

    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 youโ€™ve enjoyed some wonderful trips to Scotland in recent years. Youโ€™ll love the southern Hebrides. Islay or Jura are spectacular and I have a huge soft spot for Gigha. ๐Ÿ’•

      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!

  8. 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


    1. Iโ€™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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. 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

    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. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  10. 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.

    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


      1. Sam, how would you feel if I republished in full this About Me page over on Learning from Dogs? I sense I have a number of readers who would like to learn more about Scotland.

      2. Hi Paul, if you feel your readers would enjoy finding out more about one wee dugs travels
        In Scotland then please feel free to share. It’s a wonderful dog friendly country to travel in. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿถ

  11. 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.

  12. Feeling a bit homesick for Scotland reading your blog Sam. Haven’t been back in ages. I need to remedy that soon. Lovely photos and lovely wee dug. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Juliet

  13. Love your blog your photos are beautiful often of places we have visited but of course you have the advantage of the wee white dug absolutely adorable !

  14. 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) ๐Ÿ™‚
    P.S: your dog is so adorable, he really knows how to pose ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Just love that Wee White Dug and your photos are fantastic. It feels like we are travelling around my Bonnie Scotland with him.

  16. My mummy loves Scotland Ayrshire she was born there we go to Scotland every few months ๐Ÿ˜Š Beautiful place thank you for sharing your blog love Mitzee and Nancy ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  17. 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! ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ˜

  18. I love looking at your wonderful pictures. They make me feel homesick for Scotland. I didn’t appreciate it’s beauty whilst I lived there.

  19. 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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