Although I've been a city girl for almost 30 years I grew up in Orkney, a group of islands off the north coast of Scotland. A community centred in farming and fishing, life in Orkney is close to nature, I can recognise wild-flowers and hand-milk a cow - not that there's much call for that skill in Edinburgh! My childhood gave me a love of landscapes and it was also where my life-time interest in history began. With everything from Neolithic villages to Second World War navy bases its hard to ignore history in Orkney. For me, history is a way of explaining the present and one of the best ways to access the past is to look at its remaining built environment.
The built environment is the thread in the fabric of our history because people and buildings go together. It's why I specifically chose a degree in Social and Architectural History. It brought together my interests in people & buildings as well as the wider aspects of changing culture, society and urban design. Important for me is the fact that the built environment is freely accessible to anyone at anytime, unlike most historical artefacts which are buried in museums, galleries and private collections. Once you know a bit about what you're looking at, you can see a place with a whole new light and understanding. This is particularly true of Edinburgh! With its diverse range of architectural styles and 900 years of history it's a living, breathing city with an ever evolving story of people.
"One might regard architecture as history arrested in stone."
"History is who we are, and why we are the way we are."
My ethos is simple. I want to give you an experience that's really worth something. I do this in the following ways:
Small is Beautiful
I only take tours in super-small groups.
Better for Everyone
I don't use online travel agencies (OTAs) so that you get a better deal all round.
ethical - sustainable tourism
support local businesses
develop local networks
care for the environment