Happy 10th anniversary, Glasgow Gallivanter!

I love food, drink, music & walking both in my home country, Scotland, and abroad. This is my travel blog where I intend to write about all these things. It’s under construction, but please call back later. As a taster, here I am at the Grand Canyon in 2009.

The image and text above announced to the world my arrival as a travel blogger on July 5th, 2011. Well, when I say the world, I mean my Mum and Dad. We were about to embark on one of our North American road-trips, and blogging daily while we were away seemed like a good way to keep them informed of what we were up to. I continued to blog on-the-go for about three years – certainly, the posts are short and with few images, but I couldn’t find the energy to do that now.

During those three years I never seemed to look up and realise that there were other bloggers out there talking to each other, so those early posts are eerily quiet. That first documented trip was to Georgia and the Carolinas, and a little bit of Tennessee. In honour of my tenth anniversary I have chosen one image from each post, so at last someone will see them! Clicking on the captions will take you to the full post if interested.

Callaway Gardens, Georgia
Macon, Georgia
Ocmulgee National Monument, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Magnolia Plantation, South Carolina
We saw alligators! Magnolia Plantation again
Charleston, South Carolina
Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina
Mount Mitchell, North Carolina
Biltmore House, Asheville, North Carolina
Chimney Rock, North Carolina
Cade’s Cove, Tennessee
Lake Fontana, North Carolina
Blood Mountain Cabins, Georgia
Blood Mountain, Georgia
“Alpine” Helen, Georgia
Brasstown Bald, Georgia
Dahlonega, Georgia

So there you have it: the blog’s first travels in a nutshell. This has been a fantastic hobby for 10 years, and I hope to keep it going for at least another 10 (preferably, post-pandemic, with some actual travel). I love being able to preserve my memories in this way and so appreciate the contacts it has helped me make. Dear reader, I mean you! Thank you everyone for reading and reacting.


  1. Happy 10th Birthday Glasgow Gallivanter! That’s a great achievement! I think I may be a little bit behind you, 9 years this month. Happy future travels Anabel. Xx


  2. Happy Anniversary Anabel.. It has been a very great pleasure being a very small part of it particularly your wanders around Glasgow and surrounds. and I have enjoyed all your photographs.


  3. Happy Blogging anniversary! And it was a little odd to see photos of places I’ve actually been to on your blog…and sort of fun. Usually, I just look at them and think, “wow, I’d like to go there someday!”


  4. Here’s to the next fabulous 10, and to lots of meet ups in the next 10 too 🙂 so glad you did look up and start to discover other bloggers and that I discovered you too. Happy Anniversary Anabel 🙂 and also a very happy anniversary to your sidekick and photographer xxx


  5. I will be reading some of these like the famous Biltmore Estate and that cabin. I would never ever be standing that close to death. It just looks so damn scary. I’m glad you are continuing to write about your travels near and far. This Friday I am getting my 2nd shot…Moderna.


  6. Congratulations! And you don’t look a day older! I shall have to come back to this post and read the original posts – that Chimney Rock for instance is fascinating, where on earth where you to get that photo?


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