Our summer holiday this year was in Dumfries and Galloway, in the south-west corner of Scotland. We booked it before the pandemic took hold, and it turned out to be one of the best places we could have chosen in the circumstances. It’s often referred to as Scotland’s ‘best kept secret’, as so many tourists head further north to the highlands and islands on their summer holidays. Happily for us, it was relatively quiet, and it’s also a really beautiful area with so many nice places to go for walks. I took these photos on the beach at Sandyhills. The weather was changing by the minute, and we had to shelter under a tree for a few minutes while a rain cloud passed over. The English Lake District was just visible over the other side of the water.
Picking summer fruits at Craigie’s Farm near Queensferry. A favourite childhood activity revisited.
One of the few good things about lockdown has been having more time to explore our local area. Today we walked up Corstorphine Hill, which is only a few minutes’ drive from home. It’s easy to get a nature fix in this city.
Wandering around the botanics, which are looking lovely, even on a grey day.
We took our first trip out to the Pentland Hills today, walking up to Bonaly Reservoir.
Around Newhaven harbour today.
Walked up to the castle today and back through the city. It still feels strange seeing most places closed at what would normally be the height of the tourist season. It’s obvious that Edinburgh’s economy has been hit hard by the pandemic, like so many other places.
Our second trip outside of Edinburgh since lockdown easing. Something about the light today called for black and white.
Our first trip outside of Edinburgh since lockdown began. Over the Forth to West Wemyss in Fife.
Some photos from around the Water of Leith at Dean Village this morning.