Who am I and what on Earth is this?!

Katie Featherstone Feathery Travels budget travel blog


My name is Katie Featherstone, and I split my time between Scotland (mostly Islay, where I live) and the Icelandic Highlands. I'm the author of Bradt Guides' Inner Hebrides, a seasonal mountain hut warden in Fjallabak (Iceland), and a freelance writer focusing on hiking, history, and slow, sustainable travel.


At the moment, I'm predominantly working for Cicerone, Trail Magazine, Bradt Guides and Frommer's.


You can find some of my recent work in: the Guardian, Independent, Frommer's guide to England and Scotland (Oct 23), TGO Magazine (Feb 22), Hidden Europe (Issue 66), Walk Highlands, Scottish Islands Explorer (Oct/Nov 22 and Dec 22/Jan 23), and Coast Magazine.


On this website, you will find an awkward mixture of hiking instruction manuals, creative writing, and decade-old travel blogs. The most useful thing on here is probably my regularly updated Laugavegur instruction manual, which you should read before hiking the route for the first time.


If you are a publication and want to work with me, email: featherstonek[at]live.co.uk


Find me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and now Mastodon.



Hatching Out

sandy beach seen throughh long grass of dunesin low light
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The Laugavegur Hiking Trail - Know Before You Go and What to Expect

Laugavegur, Hrafntinnusker snow June.
Laugavegur, near Hrafntinnusker in June.
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Edinburgh: a week of jarring contradictions and mild identity crisis.

Looking down onto Victoria Street, Edinburgh
Victoria Street, Edinburgh.
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Rok og rigning, Islay storms.

On the Islay ferry, September 2022
On the Islay ferry, September 2022
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The Open End – Landmannalaugar, Summer 2022

Landmannalaugar in Autumn - mountain huts behind lava and moss, with mountains behind in the fog
Landmannalaugar, September 2022
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Landmannalaugar in winter. Small mountain hut with green corrigated metal and stone wall, with wooden door
Landmannalaugar. October 2021
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This site is written and poorly edited solely by me (Katie). Please contact me if you find any typos or mistakes.


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