Visiting The Kelpies with the Family

Visiting The Kelpies with the Family

The Kelpies

I visited The Kelpies with my family

The Kelpies

The last two weeks my family was visiting, and  we visited a bunch of places together. I’d been wanting to visit the Kelpies for a while now, and them being here provided the ultimate opportunity to pay a visit to these equine sculptures.

I’d seen pictures of the statues, but nothing really prepares you seeing it with your own eyes. Each of The Kelpies stands up to 30 metres tall, and each one weighs over 300 tonnes! (Read: they’re MASSIVE). They’re also incredibly detailed, beautiful, and completely dwarf you.

I have always had a thing for mythology, and I love how Scottish legends depict kelpies as shape-shifting water spirits who inhabit the lochs and waterways of Scotland. Supposedy, they appear most often as a horse, and can also take on human form. These massive sculptures reflect the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 10 horses. 

We visited The Kelpies on quite a rainy day, but it didn’t impact our visit at all. I had no problem walking around in the rain, admiring the great detail in these sculptures (especially since there’s a cafe close to the sculptures where you can get a cup of coffee to warm up a bit). You can go inside the sculptures as well, although I didn’t do this, as I was content just walking around snapping plenty of pictures.

I’d love to go back and visit the sculptures on a sunny (or just less rainy day), or during the night when they’re a lit up! For those of you wanting to travel Scotland: if you’re in the area, it is defintely worth putting a visit to The Kelpies on your to do list!

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Best view of Edinburgh

Best view of Edinburgh

Best views of Edinburgh

My favourite walk with the best view

Best view of Edinburgh

You might have realised from the previous posts I’ve written about Arthur’s Seat that it’s one of my favourite spots in the city. I am firmly of opinion that it offers THE best view of the city. It’s a bit of a workout to get to the top, but those 30 sweaty minutes to get here are beyond worth it.

Whenever someone visits me I ALWAYS take them up Arthur’s Seat. Because you simply can’t visit Edinburg and not go up Arthur’s Seat or the Salisbury Crags. So when friends were visiting the city, I took it as a perfect excuse to take them up Arthur’s Seat (and my camera in tow).

In this post I’ll highlight some of my favourite shots during one of my walks on Arthur’s Seat and explain why they’re my favourites. I’ve also added a little gallery at the end so you can flip through the rest of the photo series.

Sea of Yellow

Once you gain a little altitute going up Arthur’s Seat, the beautiful skyline of Edinburgh starts appearing. I love this picture because it shows that first glimpse of the beauiful view that’s to come if you keep going. All that scotch broom looks like a sea of yellow framing the city, with the actual sea making an appearance just behind it.

The first thing I usually do when I get to this point is looking behind me (and taking a little breather) and you can see why. Especially on a clear day you can see so far.  

The Salisbury Crags

Right next to Arthur’s Seat you’ll find the Salisbury Crag’s. That massive piece of rock which my sister jokingly calls it the shark fin (you’ll know what she means when you see it). This walk is not as steep, nor as high up as Arthur’s Seat. The view is no less spectacular though! 

Holyrood Palace

What I like so much about the Salisbury Crags is that the incline is less steap, slowly revealing more and more of the Edinburgh. This picture was taken after about ten minutes of walking, not even halfway up. It shows off Holyrood Palace, amidst green, with the rest of the city and sea behind it. 

Can you tell that I love those yellow colours from the scotch broom? I’m pretty sure that yellow makes an appearance in almost every picture I took. 

And those were my favourite two pictures! As always, I’ve included some more pictures in the photo gallery below. Click the images if you wish to see them in a larger format. They show some more city scapes, as well as Arthur’s Seat and the Salisbury Crags itself. I hope you liked this new photo series! Do let me know your thoughts in a comment (below)! 

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Edinburgh in Bloom

Edinburgh in Bloom

Edinburgh in Full Bloom

Cherry blossom season in Edinburgh

Edinburgh in Full Bloom

When I visited Edinburgh a year ago, I was lucky enough to arrive right in the middle of cherry blossom season. Something I wasn’t aware was a thing in Edinburgh, but was a VERY welcome surprise! It will come as no surprise that ever since I moved here in August I have been anxiously awaiting the return of this pink splendour.
March came and went. April came around the corner, but still no cherry blossoms. Then, at the end of April on a very rare hot and sunny day they finally bloomed.

I live right next to The Meadows, one of my favourite parks in Edinburgh, and let it be the case that they completely transform when the cherry blossoms make their appearance. Whenever I walked past it, I did it with the biggest smile on my face. It’s just that pretty a sight. And because I love any excuse to go out and take some pictures, I decided to do a photo series of The Meadows covered in cherry blossoms.

In this post I’ll highlight some of my favourite shots and explain why they’re my favourites. I’ve also added a little gallery at the end so you can flip through the rest of the photo series.

Close up

My favourite part about walking through The Meadows in cherry blossom season is when you look up, all you see is pink. It’s the prettiest sight you can imagine!

I took plenty of close up shots, but this one on the left was one of my favourites because of the way the leaves and the branch frame the blossoms. The background is just unfocused enough to pull your attention to the center of the photo, but provides enough detail to show that there’s cherry blossoms wherever you look.

The Meadows Walkway

The next picture is from The Meadows Walkway. This is the picture I set out to make, because I walk past this point to uni and love it so much. I got up early because this walkway is usually busy with people on their way to work, walking their dog(s), or running. Even though I got there at 7.45AM, there were still plenty of people around. I had to practice my patience a bit and wait for the perfect photo oppurtunity.

A sea of pink

My patience (read: sitting around until the Meadows quieted down a bit) got rewarded with this photo. I’m pretty sure I want to frame this shot. There’s one lone person walking at the end of the walkway. Which is exactly what I was going for, because in the months I’ve lived here I’ve seen The Meadows quiet, but never empty.

I waited a week (or two) for the blossoms to start falling just to get this shot. I love how the fallen blossoms frame the path (and just ALL the blossoms in general).

That’s a wrap. These were my two favourite pictures from the MANY pictures I took. As promised, there’s a photo gallery below with some other outtakes of this photo series. I hope you liked this post! It’s a new thing I’m trying out and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it (and whether you would like more posts like this).

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Edinburgh Walking Guide

Edinburgh Walking Guide

Edinburgh Walking Guide

My favourite walks to escape the busy city for a bit

Edinburgh Walking Guide

It may or may not have escaped your notice that I moved to Edinburgh in August. One of my absolute favourite characteristics of this city is that there are a plethora of walks to enjoy. Since it has now been five months since that I moved here, I thought it would be nice to share my favorite places to escape the city for a bit. Armed with a home-brewed cup of coffee, I prepared a list of beautiful and relaxing places to walk in Edinburgh or around the Edinburgh area.

Arthur’s Seat

If you want the beautiful sight of Edinburgh stretched out before you, but don’t feel like getting up early or braving the crowds at Arthur’s Seat, Blackford Hill is the perfect walk for you. You won’t be as high up as you would be at Arthur’s Seat. But the walk is slightly longer as you’ll walk through a park before you start climbing the hill. The walk is very enjoyable and much less touristy. You will probably be joined by locals walking their dogs.

Blackford Hill

If you want the beautiful sight of Edinburgh stretched out before you, but don’t feel like getting up early or braving the crowds at Arthur’s Seat, Blackford Hill is the perfect walk for you. You won’t be as high up as you would be at Arthur’s Seat. But the walk is slightly longer as you’ll walk through a park before you start climbing the hill. The walk is very enjoyable and much less touristy. You will probably be joined by locals walking their dogs.

Water of Leith Walkway

The Leith Walkway is one of those walks where you’re still right in the middle of the city, but it doesn’t really feel like it. The walkway is about 12 miles long and goes all the way from Balerno to Leith, passing some of my favourite areas in the city, such as Stockbridge and Dean Village. When I did this walk I started out in Dean Village and just followed the trail from there. I really recommend this walk as it is really nice and picturesque and you get to see the city of Edinburgh in a different light.

North Berwick

If you want the beautiful sight of Edinburgh stretched out before you, but don’t feel like getting up early or braving the crowds at Arthur’s Seat, Blackford Hill is the perfect walk for you. You won’t be as high up as you would be at Arthur’s Seat. But the walk is slightly longer as you’ll walk through a park before you start climbing the hill. The walk is very enjoyable and much less touristy. You will probably be joined by locals walking their dogs.

Patience, Young Grasshopper: Instagram Tips and Tricks

Patience, Young Grasshopper: Instagram Tips and Tricks

It has been a while since I joined the #bookstagram scene and now I’ve settled into a comfortable Instagram routine I thought it would be fun to share some of my do’s and don’ts. I am in no way a professional or expert on Instagram, my follower count should tell you as much, nor do I know THE magic formula to grow your account. However, I do think that I have picked up on some things that might come in handy if you’re working on building your account.

Now, the main advice I was given when I started was: original content, good quality, and post consistently. Those are three very important things, but when you’re just starting out this might seem incredibly vague and just too broad. How can best be creative? What do you need to ensure good quality pictures? And, what helps you post consistently? I’ll share what I think those three things entail.

Original Content

The problem with original #bookstagram content is that when you first start out you have to find out what works for you. You see tons of people working with beautiful pictures that use tons of props and cool items and the first problem you’re going to run into is where to find all that stuff. Even more importantly, are you good with props? I hate using props… I love how much effort goes into those pictures, but whenever I try to incorporate them my pictures always become so messy. Props are just not for me.

I love working with nature. I love how clean my pictures look, the lush green and brown colors, and how nature does the work for you. My advice: try it all. Try working with props and try going outdoors with a big bag filled with books, but most importantly take lots of pictures. You’ll find something that works for you eventually and you’ll get better at it as well.

Good Quality

I can’t really tell you much besides what you probably already know about this. However, contrary to what you might think, you don’t need an expensive camera to take good quality pictures. If you own a good camera, great! If you don’t have one or can’t afford one, that’s fine. I bet you own a smartphone and one of those will do just fine. I know tons of amazing bookstagrammers that only work with their phone! Plus, there are tons of apps you can use to edit your pictures.

If you want to use props and/or take your pictures inside, you’ll need a good and even background/backdrop. You can simply find a spot with an even background in your house, but if not there are tons of shops online where you can find cool mini backdrops for a reasonable price. Or, if you’re creative you can fabricate one yourself. Just google it! You can have a marble-like or wooden backdrop, there’s something for everyone!

Post Consistently

Now this, I can help you with! It’s going to sound so logical and self-explanatory, but take pictures a week or month ahead. I used to take the picture I was going to post that day the morning itself, which was so counterproductive. Whenever I had something going on that day I often forgot to take a picture and thus had nothing to post that day. So, with a little help, I started taking pictures for an entire week ahead. I would take pictures every weekend (read: I’d drag a week’s worth of books to my parent’s house every weekend) and that way I was sure I would be able to post consistently.

Do you have trouble figuring out what you want to post about? It might be a good idea to join a #bookstagram challenge then! The challenge will provide you with a theme to post about and provides a fun way to meet new people by visiting and interacting with other people that use the same hashtag. It’ll also help you to stay creative! I have been participating in the #grimdragon challenge for about two months now and I love their daily challenges!

Remember, what works for one person doesn’t necessarily have to work for you, try different things and find out what works for you!