Scotland, as we quickly discovered, is a land of many contradictions. The weather is sometimes hostile and always fast changing, yet once you embrace this it becomes part of any adventure you take on. The pace of life here is definitely slower than my home-town of Sydney and yet some things are strangely efficient- the public transport and postal systems here are not to be messed with! The scale of the landscape is truly massive and changes dramatically as you move across this relatively small country. The same can be said for the localities of Edinburgh, with each postcode having its own unique character and foibles.

One thing is for certain, getting set up in new country is never easy, and we quickly discovered that to become a resident of the UK, albeit a temporary one, is no mean feat and requires patience, some creativity and a fair bit of luck in order to ‘break in’ to the circle of ‘catch-22’s’ and endless ‘chicken-before-the-egg’ scenarios. However, none of that got in the way of us getting out and exploring, the images below are a collection from the first 30 days of our adventure here, which I am sure is only a taste of what is to come!

Locations (in order of appearance): Edinburgh City (various) – Loch Garten – Shieldaig – Torridon – Applecross – Beinn Damh (MTB) – Achnasheen – Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie – Loch Lomond – Edinburgh City (Gorgie, National Portait Gallery, Holyrood Park) – Glasgow (various) – Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens – Edinburgh City – Leith, Edinburgh – Edinburgh City (Castle, National Museum)