Ella McKendrick in Maldives

Hi, I'm Ella!

I thrive in pushing myself out of my comfort zone and exploring the unexplored.

My yearning for unique experiences has led me to some interesting adventures from cooking authentic dishes with locals in Senegal to sleeping under the stars on an uninhabited island in the middle of the Zambezi river in Zambia.

I find I'm most alive when travelling off the beaten track, engaging with local communities and getting to know the true heart of the country, away from the touristic areas.-

Ella McKendrick in Senegal

Did you Know I Make Films Too?

As well as documenting my travels through written work on my blog, I also make documentary-style vlogs of all my trips. You can find all my film work on my Youtube channel.

Recent Blog Posts

Haunted Old Village of Lawers: A Complete Visitor’s Guide

Located in Perthshire, Scotland on the shores of Loch Tay, the ‘haunted’ old village of Lawers dates back to mediaeval times. Once the most important village in the area and home to the Lady of Lawers, it now lies in ruins, providing a rare glimpse back in time. The abandoned village of Lawers is located… Read More

Thursday, 23 February 2023

The Fortingall Yew: A Complete Visitor’s Guide

Nestled in the heart of Perthshire, Scotland is what could well be the oldest tree in Europe. The Fortingall Yew is a tree that has stood the test of time, weathering centuries and witnessing history unfold before it. Its ancient roots run deep, grounding it in the earth and connecting it to the past. The… Read More

Wednesday, 22 February 2023

Castle Menzies (Weem): A Complete Room By Room Tour

Nestled amidst the rolling hills of Perthshire, Castle Menzies (pronounced ‘Mingiss’) stands tall and proud. It’s an exemplary example of a Scottish Z-shaped castle. As you walk through the castle grounds you are transported to a different time, where chivalry and honour reigned, and tales of valour were etched in stone. I took the opportunity… Read More

Saturday, 28 January 2023

Chee Dale Stepping Stones Walk (Quickest): A Complete Guide

Chee Dale Stepping Stones are the most impressive of all the Peak District stepping stones. They are also less well known than Dovedale Stepping Stones making them much easier to visit without the crowds. The Chee Dale Stepping Stones walk is the ideal hike if you’re searching for an exciting and original way to experience… Read More

Wednesday, 25 January 2023

Pitlochry Dam & Fish Ladder: Visitors Guide & History

Perched upon the River Tummel is Pitlochry Dam, part of the Tummel Valley’s hydro scheme which is made up of 9 power stations and 4 major dams. The Tummel Valley was one of the first regions in Scotland to be developed for hydroelectric power in the 1930s and today produces renewable energy for the area.… Read More

Thursday, 24 November 2022

Where I've Been

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Ella McKendrick on Black Rock Viewpoint, Kenmore Scotland

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