A Perfect Day Hike: Ben A'an , Scotland| WatchMeSee.com

One of my favourite things about Glasgow is that it is so close to the southern Highlands, that I can see the hills north of the city from my living room window. On a sunny day that is… Last weekend was yet another glorious sunshine-filled one, so we decided it was time to leave Glasgow behind. A rental car was quickly booked for the day and I already knew where I wanted to go for this perfect day hike: Ben A’an.

As three is a party, my flatmate and my boyfriend joined me for this epic day trip. The more the merrier!

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How to Plan your Trip to Scotland | WatchMeSee.com

On the map Scotland looks like a tiny country, and indeed it measures less than 80,000km2 and is just short of 5.5 million people. The thing with small, but mountainous countries like Scotland is though, that every valley and every peak, every lake and every island, every city and every castle is worth a stop. How on Earth do you fit all of this in one epic trip? Before I go into more detail with itineraries and best of-lists (no, worries – they will come at a later point), let me run you through the basics of how to plan a trip to Scotland in the first place.

I will give you advice on how to get around, how much time you should plan for your trip and how to find and choose the things you want to do and see.

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City Guide & Video: A Weekend in Edinburgh | WatchMeSee.com

Did you know that Edinburgh is the second-most popular city in the UK? Yes, after London, most people make their way up north to explore the medieval lanes, century-old closes and the gorgeous castle of the Scottish capital. Even though the city is actually very small there is plenty to see and do, whether you are after tourist attractions or local treats. Being based in Glasgow myself I frequently go on day- or weekend trips to Edinburgh to soak up the glorious architecture – and the sun which pokes through along the Scottish east coast much more often than in Glasgow and the West.

Follow me around Edinburgh for a two-day trip in this video – complete with a list of places to go and things to see right underneath it!

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Studio Visit: Vivian Ross-Smith | WatchMeSee.com

Meet Vivian Ross-Smith, a visual artist from Fair Isle who lives and works on the mainland of Shetland these days.

I met visual artist Vivian Ross-Smith on the wildest day on our Shetland trip. Storm Gertrude is in full blast and turns the 25 minute drive from Lerwick to Weisdale into a crazy (ad)venture. Luckily the views over the Weisdale Sound make up for the wild ride.

And then there is Vivian, a young woman from Fair Isle who impresses with her down-to-earth attitude and gorgeous artwork. After moving to mainland Shetland for high school and college, Vivian left the islands for Art School in Aberdeen and work experience in Glasgow – but soon she was drawn back to her home. Now she’s based between her home in Lerwick and Weisdale, where she shares a studio with her father who is a glass artist himself.
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