The weather is amazing in Glasgow right now. We haven’t seen the sun for a decade, but now it’s shining down on us. It’s too good an opportunity to miss.
We’re working all week, so we hatch a plan. Leave the workshop at 5pm, go adventuring, and be back at our desks for 9am. A midweek microadventure.
We head to Arrochar – home of the epic Arrochar Alps. We’re going to climb the Cobbler. One of the most iconic ridgelines in Scotland. Then we’re going to bivi at the top.
By 9:45pm, we’re on the summit. The true summit. A proud stack of rock jutting out from the ridge. We hunt for a good bivi spot. We want a good view, but some shelter from the wind.
By 11pm, we’ve filled up on food, had a wee dram and we’re tucked up in our sleeping bags. The stars shine. Forget five star hotels. We’ve got a million star hotel.
It barely gets dark at this time of year. We’re up by 5am, sitting up to the sunrise. We rub our eyes and brew up some coffee.
Before long, we begin our descent, jogging a little to get the blood pumping.
We’re back at the car by 7:30am, ready to boost back to Glasgow. There’s an obligatory pit-stop for bacon rolls, and we get caught up in the rush hour.
Nontheless, by 9:15am, we’re back in the workshop, working on new designs, answering emails and wondering why we don’t do this more often.
One of the most recognisable prints in Scotland, Emily Mackenzie's "50 Shades of Scotland" print manages to pick 50 simple shades from this beautiful country, and transforms them into a journey through Scottish history, and Scottish culture.
We caught up with Emily and asked her about her hometown of Edinburgh, and for her advice on how to make the most of being an artist in the city.
The Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens is the green and growing heart of Edinburgh. Big enough to spend the day in, it's the perfect place to take a packed lunch and try to get lost among the trees.
If it's a little too far for you to visit, then here's a little tour from our most recent visit to the Gardens.