Suzy Pope

I'm an Edinburgh-based freelance writer and editor specialising in travel, food and drink. Since graduating with an MSc in Creative Writing from Edinburgh University, I've had features published by The Guardian, Bradt Travel Guides and National Geographic Traveller and have worked as a restaurant reviewer and Food & Drink Editor at The List magazine. 

The Icelandic Highlands

While most people visiting Iceland make their way around the Golden Circle and the Ring Road, sticking mainly to the coast, heading inland to Iceland’s highlands offers a glimpse at the country’s untamed wilderness, away from the crowds. An ethereal landscape of rainbow-coloured mountains, hills impossibly turquoise with iron deposits and vast glaciers cutting through ink-black volcanic fields await for those who dare to adventure into this uninhabited part of the country. This is a land of hiki

Best Iceland tours – our most popular day excursions

“Land of contrasts” is a phrase thrown around about many countries, but Iceland – the land of Ice and Fire – works for this title. Within a few miles, you can go from geysers bursting through the land, to ice caves glowing blue, and lava tunnels snaking beneath the black earth. Icebergs float silently across glacial lakes and, in winter, the Northern Lights illuminate the night sky. For such a small island, the landscape is varied and dramatic. It would be a shame to miss out on any of the natu

Burns Night: 5 Scottish chefs you should know about

A rugged land of forest-clad hills, glimmering lochs and miles of coastline has led Scotland to produce some of the finest fresh seafood, game, and fruit and veg in the country. Fine-dining restaurants across Scotland have traditionally been lauded for French-style cooking, but recently we’ve seen the rise of the local. As of 2021, there are 10 Michelin-starred restaurants across Scotland, showing us that chefs up north aren’t resting on their laurels. Chefs from the lowlands to the highlands ar

Get a muddler – and five other tips for making great tasting cocktails at home

During lockdown, many of us became home mixologists to infuse our routines of jogging bottoms and streaming binges with some much-needed glamour, rustling up spritzes behind kitchen islands, breakfast bars and dining tables with whatever we had to hand. I personally bumbled my way through a batch of pulpy French martini cocktails – vodka, Chambord and pineapple juice – mixed up in a measuring jug and strained through a broccoli steamer; though passable, they were far from ideal. Nights in are

The Best Hotels in Málaga, Spain

A long silver slide is at the centre of this artsy hotel, so you can practically roll out of bed and down to breakfast. The lobby sets the tone for futurism-meets-mid-century, with velvet chairs in dusky pink and teal running as a theme all the way through to the botanica-dappled dining room. The rooftop pool and terrace is a boon in a city where the sun shines almost constantly, and a swim comes with rooftop views of the sea. This fab hotel is connected to Málaga train station via a sparkling c

Single malt cocktails: five original twists on the classics for autumn

The golden hue of autumn leaves, the scent of woodsmoke and bonfires … there’s no spirit that better captures the feeling of autumn than a single malt. But single malts have, for unfathomable reasons, long been the purview of the connoisseur. What better season to usher in the realisation that they can also star in some truly tasty cocktails that are perfect for the weeks ahead? Here’s an array of five moreish cocktails to see you through the long autumn nights. The classically floral and fruit

The Best Things to Do at Night in Edinburgh

Take a tour of the gothic Old Town as a cloaked guide reveals Edinburgh’s grizzly history. Tales of witch trials, body snatchers and the ghostly figures that haunt the narrow wynds of the Royal Mile will keep you engrossed on this deep dive into the dark past. The tour ends with a visit to the underground vaults, where the down-and-out once lived in cramped conditions. It is said that the pent up energy has created one of the most paranormally active spots in the country. Not for the faint-heart

Castles Near Edinburgh Worth a Visit

On the outskirts of South Edinburgh, Craigmillar Castle has a long history. It has ties to Mary, Queen of Scots, as she fled here during the plot to murder her husband, and its roots date back to the feudal barons of the region. Though technically a ruin as it has no roof, it is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Scotland. Spiral staircases and tucked-away rooms can still be explored, and information boards make a self-guided wander around the nooks and crannies a treat, revealing the
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