About Ryan Latto

I am a freelance writer and journalist from Fife and now residing in the beautiful Scottish capital, Edinburgh.

I was first inspired by Edinburgh as a boy when my Dad took me to the People’s Story Museum on the Cannongate. Fast forward a few years and now Edinburgh is my full-time home; ready for me to explore with a mix of local and tourist insight.

I’m always excited about travelling and have so far managed to visit India, Africa, Europe and Canada. Although travel may seem like the dream, it’s really the people I’ve encountered that made the journey special

My preferred method of travel is on foot. Walking the Camino de Santiago I noticed things more and found life slowed down with me. I even felt sick when taking a bus to the airport in Santiago de Compostela after six weeks on foot. It felt odd to be going to fast again – and the rushing felt unnecessary.

I originally trained as a nurse in 2015 and I am also interested in healthcare, politics and human rights – something I hope to pursue when I complete my Masters of Journalism. With nursing I travelled to Tanzania to teach first aid to a high school in Moshi, and then returned the following summer for three months to assist with administrative, research and copywriting duties at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam.

Nursing gave me privileged access to communicate with a wider public. The part of the job I loved most was talking to patients and finding out about their lives. This, mixed with a burning desire to uncover Edinburgh’s secrets, birthed the idea of Edinburgh Underground – currently a showcase platform for my work, boasting to be Edinburgh’s most intimate travel blog.

My journalistic ambitions  are to report on humanitarian crises across the globe and to champion greater public access to medical and healthcare information and research. I am inspired by organisations such as MSF, Save the Children and Oxfam and occasionally assist with the communications at First Aid Africa.

For now, I live in Leith – the best place to be in the city!