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Arran v Skye: article for Fabulous magazine

My favourite country to visit? That’s easy – it has to be Scotland.

But ask me which of Scotland’s islands is my favourite and that’s much trickier to answer. I’ve visited and written about around 40 of the islands off the west and north coasts of Scotland but there are two that tend to stand out, not least because they’re easy to get to.

Arran and Skye both offer wild scenery, copious wildlife and superb hyperlocal seafood. More people (at least in England) know about Skye , and the island is attached to the mainland by a handy bridge, but Arran is quick and simple to reach from Glasgow and has both Highland and Lowland scenery.

I wouldn’t like to side with either of these Hebrides, but I did pit them against each other in a recent article for Fabulous magazine. Check it out here.


Highland Fling: Scotland’s North Coast 500 for Fabulous

The UK has never had a rival to America’s Route 66 or to Australia’s Great Ocean Road – until now, that is.

The North Coast 500 loops around the far north coast of Scotland, starting and ending in Inverness. It runs for around 500 miles, through epic Highland scenery and past fantastic seafood restaurants, pubs and distilleries. It’s even home to the world’s best hot chocolate.

I’ve driven the North Coast 500 a few times now and it is one of my favourite road trips anywhere in the world. I was delighted to write about it for the Sun’s Fabulous magazine recently. You can read my piece here.