My name is AJ and I’m a Scottish 20 something year old that enjoys a good ramble. If I am not doing my day job, I am either on skyscanner checking out the cheapest flights or exploring somewhere closer to home and enjoying a cup of tea with a slice of cake.

Back in 2017, I decided to give up my career and go back to academia for the first time in 5 years and seek out new adventures. During my summer before I hit the books again, AJ’s Rambling was born and even after I graduated in late 2018, my adventures and musings still continue to be documented today.

As I approach the big 3-0 at the end of 2021, I have made it my mission to do 30 things that I have always wanted to do. Some are quite ambitious and some that I have always wanted to go but never got around to doing them. The main 3 things on my list are to visit 30 countries, go to 30 gigs and visit 30 Scottish castles.

Here is my list down below and some of my progress. My progress is also on my sidebar where I have listed things I have already completed.



22 out of 30

UK*, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Czechia, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy (including Vatican City), Denmark, Spain (Mainland & Canary Islands), Netherlands, Belgium Hungary, Slovakia, Greece, Cyprus, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & China.

*I have visited all countries within the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) but inline with the UN member state membership, only recognise this as one country.

Check out the map to see my adventures in more detail

32 out of 30

Michael Bublé, Whitney Houston, Foy Vance, Lionel Richie, Scott Bradlee & The Post Modern Jukebox, Morgan James, Paloma Faith, Maroon 5, Lana del Rey, The Fray, Mumford & Sons, Placebo, Ke$ha, Frightened Rabbit (x3), Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, Katzenjammer (x2), Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers, Marina & The Diamonds, Passenger (x2), Foo Fighters, AC/DC, Kanye West & Jay-Z, Nerina Pallot (x2), Evanescence, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Ben Folds and Ed Sheeran.



14 out of 30


Check out my map below detailing my progress.

Note: Due various reasons including being a private residence or ruined, some castles are only able to be viewed externally.

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