Welcome to Watch Me See – A Scotland Travel Blog!
My name is Kathi and I’m the traveller, writer, photographer and videographer behind Watch Me See! I moved to Scotland in 2013 and I fell madly in love with my new home. I wish that everybody could visit this beautiful country at least once in their lifetime and that’s why I started Watch Me See in 2016.
On Watch Me See I share my favourite places to visit in Scotland, my top travel tips and inspiring travel stories from around Scotland. Sometimes I also take you further afield to some of my favourite countries to visit such as Canada, Ireland or the Faroe Islands.
I give you advice for planning Scotland itineraries, prepping your trip from deciding how long to stay to getting the best deals on rental cars, and particularly focus on going off the beaten track.
I’m also vegan, so expect to find lots of tips for veg-friendly travel in Scotland. I will share with you my favourite places to eat all over the country to show that it’s easy to experience Scotland on a plant-based diet. And I introduce you to vegan-friendly accommodation – it’s a booming sector!
I’m passionate about being outdoors and love long-distance hiking. From the West Highland Way to the Hebridean Way, I share my trekking stories from the Scottish Highlands and Islands and suggest other amazing outdoor activities.
I could not imagine my life without photography and writing, and wherever I go, I return with a backpack full of stories. I hope you’ll enjoy them!
My Achievements & Travel Stats
In 2019, I…
…won a Young Women in Tourism Award as Tourism Influencer of the Year.
…worked on campaigns with Wild About Argyll, Hostelling Scotland, Rabbie’s, CoDE Hostels and the VisitScotland-funded West Coast Waters project.
…got interviewed about solo hiking on national radio for BBC Women’s Hour.
…hosted by first women’s hiking retreat in Glencoe with Girls on Hills.
…was featured as one of Scotland’s top travel bloggers in Scottish Field magazine, as well as the National Trust for Scotland membership magazine (print).
…was a guest on the amazing So She Travels podcasts.
…got invited to speak about working with professional bloggers at Travel Massive Glasgow.
…spent nights in 8 hotels, 4 B&Bs, 4 self-catering accommodations and 9 youth hostels.
…took 11 ferries, 1 flight, 16 trains and drove almost 3,000 miles to explore Scotland.
…bagged 10 islands, visited 13 whisky & gin distilleries and went on 15 hikes – not enough!
…handed in my PhD thesis and passed my viva.
If you’re a brand representative or a press liaison and you’d like to find out how to work with me to promote your brand, destination or business, read more about working with Watch Me See here!
Meet me in this video:
Video by Freja Gyldendal Amby
My Services: Travel Consultation & Glasgow Tours
After years of living in Glasgow and travelling throughout Scotland, I realised that my expertise goes way beyond what a blog post could capture. While I love sharing my stories, tips and expert insight with as many readers as possible, I also love spending 1-on-1 time with clients who need a little more advice and hands-on help.
In 2017, I launched private Glasgow walking tours and my Scotland travel consultation services which includes custom-made itineraries as well as itinerary reviews. You can find out more about my expert services here:
Available in German & English
£60 for 3 hours
starts at £75!
Here are 10 more things about me:
1) I was born in Vienna, Austria, and relocated to Glasgow, Scotland, in 2013 for grad school. I speak German, English and even a little bit of Danish!
2) I have been writing and sharing my photographs as a freelance travel writer since 2013 – mostly for Travelettes.net, a travel website by and for women – but also for other publications such as Schottland Magazin, 60 Degrees North magazine, Volume magazine and restplatzboerse.at.
3) My photography skills are entirely self-taught, and I love sharing my photos and photography tips with you! If you have any questions about my equipment, let me know!
4) I have been vegan since March 2017 and focus on providing vegan food options in my travel guides. In January 2018 I launched Glasgow Vegan Guide, a comprehensive online resource about vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and businesses in Glasgow.
5) I love being outdoors, which is why you’ll find loads of ideas for day trips and micro-adventures on this blog! I fell in love with trekking in 2017 and have a variety of treks in Scotland and beyond on my bucket list. I’m into climbing, even though I’m scared of heights, and into sea kayaking, even though I’m slightly terrified of the ocean. You see, I love to overcome my fears!
6) I don’t have one favourite destination (apart from Scotland of course), but I’m usually drawn to northern and/or mountainous regions. Some places on the top of my bucket list are Greenland, Finland, Alaska, Patagonia and Japan.
7) I lived in Iceland for half a year while studying for my BA. I’ve only been back once (in January 2015) and have since fallen in love with the Faroe Islands, which is just as bizarre and beautiful, but still totally off the beaten track!
8) I’m doing a PhD in Film & TV Studies at the University of Glasgow. I’m researching women’s film festivals and combine festival studies with feminist film theory. I love to discover the unwritten histories of women in the film industry.
9) I’m a feminist! Travelling and hiking as a woman, particularly solo, is a feminist act for me. If you’re not sure how these issues relate, I’d love to chat with you about it!
10) Despite having studied English in school since age 10 and living in Scotland for several years, I still don’t understand every Scot I come across… So, don’t feel bad about yourself – even if you’re an English native speaker!