Hiya, pals! My name is Mary Clare, and this is my Website/Blog!
This blog is inspired by my Instagram of the same name, Mary Makes Prints, which I made in the summer of 2017. Originally “@maryinscotland”, I used my Instagram to document the summer of ’17, which I spent in my father’s native home – Scotland.
In the fall of ’17, I had to make a choice. I had to decide whether to move back to New York City, and pursue a budding romance with a boy I’d met from London, or remain in Scotland, and pursue a love affair with my ancestral homeland.
In the end, I told myself – as much as I loved Scotland – she would always be there. So, I chose the boy from London, moved back to New York City, and we’ve been together ever since.
Since then, I’ve continued to find my way back to Scotland, time and time again, whether it be for a few days, weeks, or months at a time.
While my Instagram remains a way for me to document my travels, it has also become so much more – it has become a place where I’ve connected with like-minded lovers of Scotland from all across the world!
Why a Blog?
As wonderful as Instagram is, the captions can only be so long!
Often times, after I post, I am asked for further information. Sometimes I am asked, “Where was this photo taken?” Sometime’s it’s, “How do I get there?” Other times it’s, “Where did you stay?”
When I travel to Scotland, I stay in my father’s flat in a small town called Helensburgh, located roughly 45 minutes – 1 hour west of Glasgow by bus, car, or train. Lucky for me, Helensburgh sits between the highlands and the lowlands, marrying my love for Scotland’s imaginative cities and incredible countryside. Helensburgh has two train stations, one with easy access to Edinburgh and Glasgow, Helensburgh Central, and one with easy access to the highlands and the islands, Helensburgh Upper.
My time in Helensburgh has taught me that there is no better way to experience Scotland than to stay in your destination – whether it’s Edinburgh or the Isle of Skye – for longer than a day or two. That being said, I realize that this isn’t always a possibility. I understand that
some most of us are not granted an unlimited number of holiday and/or vacation days, and I sympathize with those of you that have a finite number of vacation days and an infinite number of places you’d like to visit in Scotland.
However, my blog might not be for you.
My blog is dedicated to what I’m calling, Slow Travel in Scotland, #slowtravelinscotland on Instagram!
Since I’m a freelance artist, I am often able to take a decent amount of time off work when I travel. This means that I might stay at my father’s flat in Helensburgh, or visit another location in Scotland, for a few days or weeks at a time. This allows me to soak these places in, which means I’m able to get to know the locals, find lesser known walking trails, begin to make sense of the bus routes, etc..
It’s these small moments from my time spent in Scotland, these memories of instances when I’ve felt like a local myself, that I long for upon returning home to New York City. This, I believe, is the very definition and the absolute advantage of slow travel – especially in Scotland.
Furthermore, in an effort to minimize my carbon footprint, I only travel by foot, bicycle, bus, ferry, and/or train!
So, that’s me! Please follow along for slow travel tips and stories from the place I am lucky enough to call my second home, Scotland.
For more information about me, and how Mary Makes Prints came to be, please see the following page.