I’m currently writing my first book: a Slow Travel Guide to North East Scotland, covering Aberdeenshire, Moray and the Cairngorms National Park.

Rather than rushing around a new place and ticking off the top sights, Slow guides are about taking everything in at a leisurely pace and exploring in more detail. They’re thorough and immersive, reading as though the author is giving a guided tour to someone wearing a blindfold. With my background in wildlife, I’m used to walking or sitting in one spot for hours, so I’ve always used a Slow approach when it comes to travel.

With relatively few famous locations and countless undiscovered ones, I knew North East Scotland would be an excellent member of Bradt’s Slow series. To meet the specific demands of a Slow guide, I’ve had to rummage for those special places you wouldn’t know about unless you take the time and effort to find them – sampling homegrown food, hidden castles and ancient carvings one walk at a time.

I’ve learned so much while researching and writing this book and I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity. My daily routine has been a mix of walking, plotting maps, meeting amazing small business owners and filling up notebooks. I’ve discovered ruined castles, stone circles, whisky distilleries, beaches, hill forts, nature reserves and more.

I’m absolutely loving this challenging yet rewarding project and I can’t wait to see the finished product on the shelves. The book will be published in May 2023, but in the meantime here’s a sneak preview of the front cover.