I’m Dawn-Marie and I live on the South West coast of Scotland in beautiful Ayrshire.
Scotland is a very popular place to visit, but living here can mean that I don’t get to explore my beautiful country as much as I would like.
“Why?” you ask. Well, work, family and the Scottish weather can take over your life. You’ll have heard the saying: “It rains all the time in Scotland.”
Aye … that could be true, four seasons in one day is becoming very popular here, but what an amazing experience with an ever-changing landscape to explore. Even revisiting a favourite place many times looks different across the seasons.
We do have some lovely weather too though, honest! I want to share with you what a magical, breathtaking place Scotland is.
I try to visit new places when I can. I love going somewhere I’ve never been before, sometimes that can be close to home!
The Isle of Arran is my favourite place. My husband and I have been visiting regularly since 2006 and we never tire of it, always finding somewhere new to explore.
I hope my stories and photos inspire you to get outdoors, explore what’s on your doorstep and beyond.
Writing my blog started out as a whole new challenge for me in 2015. I’m not a trained writer but something inside me wanted to give it a go.
I remember writing a diary when I was a teenager, a long time ago … Writing on paper back in the days was great therapy for me getting everything out of my head! I also loved to write poems and stories.
I think this therapeutic feeling of writing ideas, thoughts and stories has been lying dormant inside me for far too long. It was time to start being creative again.
Photography is also my passion, mostly all my own work apart from the photos I’m in of course. Sometimes my husband might capture a better photo so I might use it too.
I’m not a professional photographer as such, but sometimes just being in a beautiful place at the right time is all you need to capture that moment.
I recently created a new page Scotland in photos to bring together a small selection of my favourite moments.
Scotland on film
As well as writing and photography, I’ve been having a go at creating videos. It has been so challenging. I’ve made lots of mistakes along the way. I suppose this is the best way to learn and improve.
I upload my longer videos to YouTube, Facebook and sometimes Instagram. I’ve recently joined TikTok which is great platform for shorter clips and being able to use royalty free music. Instagram is now similar as you can also create shorter videos using Reels.
I’m not brave enough to talk to the camera yet, so you’ll be watching beautiful scenery, with relaxing, thoughtful music and sometimes a brief glimpse of me.
My most challenging project has been creating a video tour of the Isle of Arran, using my own words from a poem I was inspired to write.
If you’re looking for help and advice about visiting Scotland make sure to check out the VisitScotland website which has a wealth of information for everyone.
If I can help with anything that you’ve read on my blog send me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.