“A Wise Traveller Never Despises Their Own Country”*


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I have an enormous amount to thank Anne Ward for.

After all if it wasn’t for her, (and, it must be said, her Newspaper Club colleague Russell Davies), I probably wouldn’t be writing here. That may seem largely insignificant, (and yes I know what that sounds like but I’m not digging for compliments, or laying the blame elsewhere, I’m just being realistic), but through the process of looking outwards rather than inwards, (which is my factory setting), I’ve been a lot saner than I would have been otherwise and in addition, (and it’s a big addition), I’ve been introduced to a world of wonderful things which otherwise would have passed me by.

So that said it seems entirely appropriate, as an attempt to say thanks, to plug Anne’s new book ‘Nothing To See Here – A Guide to the Hidden Joys of Scotland’ which has just been published by Pocket Mountains.

I got the book just before Christmas but with all that that entails have only now really got around to giving it the time it deserves – and it does deserve your time because, (perhaps unsurprisingly if you know of Anne’s work, (and yes I know there’s too many brackets skulking about here today)), it’s a grand little guide to the many “delightful destinations” available to those willing to search them out. The origins of the book, for the completists out there, can be found over on the Nothing To See Here website which catalogues “some of the world’s lesser-signposted places” including the soon to be demolished Campbell’s Towerwhich I’ve written about before as it stands just around the corner from where I live, and the Anderby Creek Cloud Bar – which was contributed by me !

So if you’re planning a visit North of the border, or even if you weren’t planning a visit but would be happy to be persuaded anyway I’d suggest you invest in a copy of Anne’s book to help direct you to some of the many hidden joys of Scotland. You won’t be disappointed.

*With apologies to Carlo Goldoni.

4 Responses to ““A Wise Traveller Never Despises Their Own Country”*”

  1. 1 Chris

    I have to concur very fully with this post. Anne has encouraged me to observe, practice nosiness, daydream and to in general ask inappropriate questions. Without all this life would have had far less interesting. Also I wouldn’t have had the chance to read the excellent words of Mr Weir.

  2. 2 danielweiresq

    Ha too kind Mr Hurst, too kind . . .

    DW x

  3. 3 Anne

    Aw, that’s a lovely post in so many ways. Thank you! Hope the book helps you to enjoy some Scottish jaunts soon.

    • 4 danielweiresq

      Thanks Anne you’re welcome. And well done on the mention in the Financial Times !

      DW x

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