The Chaotic Scot explores Islay, Jura & Glasgow

Full-time travel blogger Kay Gillespie, also known as The Chaotic Scot, is on a mission to inspire fellow Scots and people from around the world to put Scotland at the top of their travel wish-list. She loves everything about Scotland, especially the islands, and likes to write about quirky accommodation and food. She doesn’t drive so also shows how to travel Scotland without a car. Back in spring this year, we asked Kay to visit the Argyll islands of Islay and Jura and the city of Glasgow and to write about her experiences as part of the Heart & Soul campaign. She wrote four blogs recounting her adventures.

The wild beauty of Jura

Pap of Jura

Kay spent two days on Jura as part of her trip and fell in love with the wild beauty of the island. She writes, ‘I love every Scottish Island that I’ve visited, but some have been slow-burners, while others were more like a scenic slap in the face. Jura falls to the extreme end of the latter.’ She took in the Paps of Jura, Craighouse and stayed at the Jura Hotel. She highly recommends visiting Jura Distillery and taking a bus tour with Jura Island Tours. ‘We travelled up the east of the island, taking in the wild scenery and stunning coastline, and stopping regularly for photos along the way. Unsurprisingly, there were plenty of red deer along the way, and we even spotted two young sea eagles. The tour is a brilliant way to learn about island life, and discover the local gems.’

You can read more about Kay’s adventures on Jura here:

Indulging on Islay      

Bowmore Whisky Islay

'You know you’re in a happy place when the air smells of the sea and single malt.’ So starts Kay’s blog about her trip to Islay. In this blog Kay highlights 14 things that should be on your Islay bucket list, including lots of lovely local food and drink. The list includes: touring a whisky distillery, walking the ‘Three Distilleries Path’, visiting the Museum of Islay Life, going for pizza at Peatzeria, shopping for souvenirs at the Celtic House, eating fresh seafood at the Harbour Inn, walking through history at Finlaggan, seal spotting at Portnahaven, watching live music at Port Charlotte Hotel and visiting the Kildaton Cross. One of her highlights was riding a fat bike along The Strand. ‘Wavy lines in the sand were filled with pools of water which reflected the sky and glistened in the sun. Dave made us a hot drink when we took a wee break on the rocks by the sea, before some more sandy cycling. My favourite biking trip ever!’, she writes

Read more about Kay's visit to Islay here:

Ten favourite things to do in Glasgow

Glasgow Mural Trail

A break in Glasgow? Count me in! Kay’s spent lots of time in Glasgow and is all for taking a wee city break here! In this blog she pulls together her ten favourite things to do featuring street art, sightseeing and plenty of food! Top tips includes following the Glasgow Mural Trail and seeing the city from the top of The Lighthouse. There are also lots of tips for eating and drinking,including heading to Ashton Lane. Kay writes: ‘Ashton Lane is an absolute dream-boat of a place with inviting bars, a retro-look cinema, and cutesy cobbles illuminated by overhead fairy lights.’

Read more about Kay’s visit to Glasgow here:

Best street food in Glasgow

Platform at the Arches

If you’re a foodie, you’ll love Kay’s fourth blog where she goes on a mission to discover Glasgow’s best street food vendors, markets and restaurants. Kay starts out at Platform at The Arches, a weekly street food market, where she dines on a Shrimp Bun: juicy king prawns in the light batter with bacon bits, Marie Rose sauce, pickles and red onion. Other highlights include Vietnamese food at Hanoi Bike Shop, amazing kebabs at ‘Babs, Chakoo Bombay Café and Via Italia.

Read more about Kay’s Glasgow street food discoveries at:

Check out these other bloggers who recounted their adventures as part of our Heart & Soul campaign.

Kathi Kamleitner wrote about outdoor adventures in Argyll and Glasgow:

Eilidh Cameron spent 8 days discovering the wildlife, history and beaches of Argyll, as well as visiting Glasgow, taking some incredible photos along the way:

David C Weinczok explored the historic sites of Argyll & the Isles: