Mary King

Horses for Courses

In addition to leading all Vistas Sketching Holidays trips, I have been known to do other things in order to keep the wolf from the door. I’ve nearly always been lucky (and determined, sticking to my guns) in being able to follow my passions and earn a living from doing what I love.Most people spend … Read more

Golden October

On the Highland hillsides the bracken is turning from green to gold to sienna; the colour of the Moroccan desert, where a Vistas holiday group should be enjoying some warm autumn sunshine.It is now a whole year since we sped across dusty plains, crouched in lush pomegranate groves, brush in hand and wandered the dark, … Read more

Grabbing opportunities

As the moorland grasses and birch leaves begin to turn a rich gold and summer in the Highlands reaches a blustery close, thoughts which would normally be turning to winter adventures in far off places are remembering, instead, the precious days on the hill or on the water, taking the time to revisit old haunts, … Read more

In memory.

Small group travel leads to close friendships. Long hours together in a vehicle travelling through unfamiliar territory, along with shared passions and the many light-hearted moments we have along the way often creates very special bonds which continue long after the trip has ended.For many people, one Vistas sketching holiday is not enough once the … Read more

May 2020

May in the Highlands: Calm waters of the brightest cobalt, ginger reflections of reeds and grasses in the dark tanin corners of silent upland lochans. Huge swathes of primroses are joined by violets under the birches; bright celandines line the damp edges of pathways, marching down to rocky bays, crashing surf, wheeling gulls.This month is … Read more