Category: Walking

In Glasgow there is no need to go far to get outside - the Seven Lochs Wetland Park is a perfect day trip location and conveniently accessible by train!

What does a city need for you to consider moving there? What are the non-negotiable characteristics you could not live without? Maybe you need a thriving arts culture, great arthouse cinemas, versatile theatres, well-curated museums as well as contemporary gallery spaces; or are you looking for an energetic entrepreneurial atmosphere, loads of co-working spaces, start-up initiatives and project hatcheries? People are important too – who would want to live in a city with grumpy locals where it is hard to meet new people, or a place where everybody works so much to afford life there that there is hardly any time to enjoy said life to its fullest.

All these things are important to me, but when it comes to the most basic requirement a city must fulfil in order for me to feel at home, is its landscape. I recently went to Toronto and realised something about the city which was probably the same cause why I never fully adapted to life in Berlin – it is more or less entirely flat. I asked myself, where have all the mountains gone?
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While the castles are pretty, I feel for a very different attraction of the Royal Deeside: the beautiful trails of the Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve.

I have just returned from a road trip round Scotland with my mum exploring a part of this country that neither her nor me have ever seen before. This means discovering a completely different side than what you might recognise from the Highlands and the isles. Our road trip was leading us to Aberdeenshire, the northeastern part of Scotland that is particularly famous for its castles, the whiskies of the Speyside, the abundance of farming and fresh produce, and the most gorgeous beaches. Our first destination was Royal Deeside, the valley along the River Dee in the eastern part of Cairngorms National Park. 
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