About me

Scottish travel blog

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 lighthearted stories about my travels around Scotland – they’ll be packed with information on great places to eat, sleep and lots of things to see and do. You can read them for pleasure, or to help you plan a day trip, short break or holiday in Scotland.

What you won’t find here are those lists travel bloggers love ‘999 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 the country like you’re at military boot camp.

About me and my love of Scotland

So, now you know a little about this blog here’s some info about me.

I’m Samantha, but I usually go by the name of Sam, Mrs G or Mum.  I’m married to Alex (Mr G) and we live in Edinburgh with The Wee White Dug aka Casper the Westie.  We also share our home with the The Teen, the dug’s sloth like and gadget obsessed big sister. We used to share our home with Not The Teen, but she grew up and flew the nest.

All of my free time is spent road tripping around Scotland.  I travel extensively in the country and never tire of its jawdropping and diverse beauty.

Scottish travel blog

My Scottish travels have hugely expanded my knowledge of the country as a visitor destination. As I travel with my four-legged friend in tow, I’ve also discovered lots of great, pet-friendly places in Scotland.

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

The great outdoors is my happy place.  I enjoy 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.

My passion for sharing Scotland with my social media followers earned me a Community Ambassador role with Visit Scotland. It’s a role I’m hugely proud of, and I really enjoy sharing my Scottish travel tips with their online Community.

Bow Fiddle Rock
Hobby photography

I’ve been an avid hobby photographer since joining Instagram back in the early days of the app.  I’m part of a diverse group of Scottish Instagrammers who like nothing better than sharing Scotland with the World. It was photographing Scotland that prompted me to set up this Scottish travel blog.

My Instagram feed @bean_nighe has featured on Instagram’s Suggested User list. The Wee White Dug is an Instagrammer too @theweewhitedug! His feed is also dedicated to our Scottish travels. Embarrassingly he gets waaaaay more likes than I do!

Scotland blog

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.

Highland cow, Trossachs

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

I appreciate you taking the time to stop by my wee Scottish travel blog.  Do stick around and join me on my travels. I really 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 in my blog you can find out more about collaborating with me here.

Sam

Smoo Cave
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Three Sisters, Glencoe Strathyre walk

58 thoughts on “About me

  1. 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! 🙂 Im from Edinburgh and defiantly think there are loads of beautiful places in Scotland people don’t realise are at their doorstep

    1. You’re so right. Scotland is full of wonderful places. Westies make great companions so I’d definitely recommend getting one. 😊

  2. 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. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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 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!

  5. 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

    Jen

    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. 😉

  6. 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. 😊

  7. 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

      Sam

      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. 😊🐶

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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 !

  11. 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 😉

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

  13. 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 💕💕

  14. 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! 🐶😍

  15. 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.

  16. 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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