united kingdom

Photo Friday: Lots of cute at Edinburgh Zoo

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Photo Friday post! I need to make them a regular thing again. Let’s kick it off with something you would never kick – cute animals! Zoos can be a point of contention, but Edinburgh Zoo is very much focused on its conservation efforts and that shows everywhere… Continue reading Photo Friday: Lots of cute at Edinburgh Zoo

united kingdom

My Highlights Of Edinburgh

There’s just something about Edinburgh. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I don’t know if it’s the beautiful buildings on every street, or the cobblestone streets that instantly add character, or the wild and raw history of the city, or the wonderfully friendly people, or the atmospheric suburbs, or the endless things to… Continue reading My Highlights Of Edinburgh

united kingdom

Five Cities, Six Buses, Two Trains, One Week: My UK Adventure

When I started planning this trip, I was only going to hit up Edinburgh to see one of my favourite bands and catch up with a few friends. A weekend turned into a “long weekend” when I thought it might be a good idea to take an earlier ferry just in case, and my plan… Continue reading Five Cities, Six Buses, Two Trains, One Week: My UK Adventure

greece

#tbt: A Birthday Break To Greece

One thing Ash is absolutely passionate about when it comes to history is Greek mythology, so in the hunt for a birthday present a few years ago I naturally dug around for some cheap flights and treated him to a hotel break in the heart of Greek history: Athens! (am I the best girlfriend ever or… Continue reading #tbt: A Birthday Break To Greece

italy · spain

#tbt: Hitting Two Of Europe’s “Big Cities”: Barcelona & Rome

When I owned my shop, time off was really scarce. Like, really really. Like, I went almost year without having two days off together. So when I did find the time to get out of the UK (because leaving the country was genuinely the best – and only – way to distance myself from work),… Continue reading #tbt: Hitting Two Of Europe’s “Big Cities”: Barcelona & Rome

orkney · united kingdom

Why You Should Visit Orkney

Welcome to my 100th post on An Orcadian Abroad! What better way to celebrate than by writing about my own home town – the reason behind the name of my blog? Orkney is hideously overlooked when it comes to Scottish islands, particularly amongst travel bloggers, so it’s about time someone shone a light onto it.… Continue reading Why You Should Visit Orkney

germany

#tbt: A Day Trip To The German Christmas Markets

“GO ON WITHOUT ME!!!” We ran as fast as we could through the airport – we’d just flown through security, where Ash set the buzzers off and we left him behind. A man down, my flatmate and I stormed down the corridor to our departure gate, which naturally was right at the end. “PLEASE LET… Continue reading #tbt: A Day Trip To The German Christmas Markets

belgium · france

#tbt: The Only Time I’ve Been Abroad With My Parents

I was not brought up into a travelling family. Which is strange because my mum can speak some French and regales many tales of a trip she took with Dad to Amsterdam, and I’ve seen some great pictures of her in Paris. But somewhere along the way, they settled down into farming and haven’t been… Continue reading #tbt: The Only Time I’ve Been Abroad With My Parents

switzerland

#tbt: My First Ever Trip Abroad to Switzerland

It’s been a while since I did a #throwbackthursday post. So I suppose this is a throwback to my throwback posts, as well as being my ultimate throwback post because this one’s about the first time I ever went abroad. I was actually a late bloomer to travel. Being from the literal middle of nowhere… Continue reading #tbt: My First Ever Trip Abroad to Switzerland

europe · germany · netherlands

#tbt: That Time We Went to Europe to See a Band

It’s our sixth anniversary on Tuesday, so I thought I’d write a post on Ash and I’s first trip abroad together. I’d like to think of it as a poignant moment of our relationship – we actually planned it before we even got together; it’s partly what brought us together, and the band is the whole… Continue reading #tbt: That Time We Went to Europe to See a Band