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The Chaotic Scot is a Scottish travel blog

which inspires readers to put Scotland at the top of their travel list

About Kay

Kay is a history geek, who loves the outdoors and appears to never stop eating. She explores Scotland mainly by foot, ferry and rail, and thinks that the Scottish islands are the most beautiful place on Earth.

A self confessed chatter box and avid storyteller, blogging was a natural progression for Kay thanks to her passion for travel, photography, creative writing and shared experiences.


Tell me more

Kay has been immersed in Scottish tourism for the majority of her adult career, with experience ranging from guiding tours around the Highlands, selling Single Malt whisky, and hosting pub quizzes in a hostel at Loch Ness, to looking after the passenger experience at Edinburgh Airport.

Kay graduated with a First Class Honors in Tourism Management with Marketing and was awarded Best Undergraduate Student by the Association for Tourism in Higher Education.

On a lighter note, she appeared on a ‘Holiday Industry Special’ of the Weakest Link and was featured on BBC’s Grand Tours of Scotland. She made an idiot of herself on both occasions.


Blogging Career

Since she started blogging in 2013, Kay has worked alongside key travel and tourism organisations around Scotland such as Visit Scotland, The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland and CalMac ferries, as well as working alongside small, local businesses.

Kay has written regular travel features for online magazines Small City Big Personality Perth and the Scots Magazine, has written in print for the Scotland in Trust Magazine, and has written Edinburgh destination guides for Expedia UK and British Airways The Club magazine.

STV Edinburgh wrote a feature about Kay’s photography, and her images are regularly shared across social media by Visit Scotland and This is Edinburgh.


Working with The Chaotic Scot

Kay is always looking to form new partnerships with businesses and brands, and can offer the following services:

  • Destination campaigns
  • Social media – promotion, management and strategy
  • Sponsored blog and guest posts
  • Freelance travel articles
  • Reviews – restaurants, experiences, accommodation and products
  • Press trips


Kay’s writing style is light hearted, informal and descriptive and with hints of her quirky personality present throughout.

Her articles are personable and entertaining, paired with high quality, inspiring images.

If you think you could use Kay’s personality, travel experience and unparalleled passion for Scotland to promote your brand, business or destination, get in touch



“Kay’s travel blogs are a great asset to our site, and have proven extremely popular with our online readership. Her enthusiasm and passion, combined with thorough research makes her blogs stand out, and the conversational tone allows readers to feel as if they are travelling along with her. Every subject she writes about becomes a must-visit destination for anyone who reads her blogs”

Katrina Patrick – Digital Journalist, The Scots Magazine


“Kay Gillespie has been writing for the Small City, Big Personality online magazine since 2015 and I have found her to be an excellent contributor. Kay represents my business during her travel writing on our behalf and she has been a great ambassador for our brand as well as producing creative, engaging content. We have plans to continue our relationship over the coming year with #SmallCityTourist articles scheduled througout spring, summer, autumn and winter. Kay is timely, professional and thorough and I am delighted to recommend her as a freelance writer and contributor”

Nicola Martin – Owner, Small City Big Personality Perth 


Travel Experiences

 Kay’s travel wish-list for Scotland is always growing. Her top experiences to date are:

  • Taking the famous flight to the Isle of Barra and landing on the beach
  • Gracing the shores of St Kilda
  • Bungee jumping at Killiecrankie
  • Taking the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Mallaig
  • Watching the sunset over the sea from Knoydart – Britain’s last wilderness
  • Learning to love oysters at Cafe Fish in Tobermory
  • Visiting Orkney and Shetland on a cruise ship


Stay in Touch

For more information get in touch at the contact form below or drop Kay an email at

You can also tune in to Kay’s Facebook and Twitter for regular travel inspiration and to follow her adventures around Scotland.


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