– Land of brown heath and shaggy wood, Land of the mountain and the flood – 

Sir Walter Scott


Welcome to Wild Soul walks. Here is a haven and a retreat from the stresses of life. Where the Scottish landscape brings you nature writing and well-being. Here is a place to escape into soothing words and lush photography. A chance to slow down. To find calm.

I am J L Hall, a Scots writer who, after two long decades in London, returned home to Scotland. Here, in this big sky country, I can feel the wind in my hair and a sting in my cheeks. I can breathe. Let me share this with you.

I live with my partner by the sea in Edinburgh, and when I am not working, or writing, I am walking along the wind-battered coast beach-combing, taking photographs, and plotting novels and short-stories.


My travel writing has won an international writing prize, my short stories and essays have been published in anthologies and online. Like all writers, I am rewriting (once again) my first novel. With my partially completed second one on the back burner – for now. Both novels have been short-listed and long-listed in fiction awards. For more on my writing, you can take a look at wwwjlhallwriter.com

I live with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and my creative practice of writing and photography is essential to my well-being. I absolutely believe that walking in nature, day after day, in the Scottish elements is changing my life. Wild Soul Walks is my journey.

Fàilte. Stay awhile.