Isle of Lewis, Scotland

Isle of Lewis, Scotland

The Hebridean Islands are well-known because of their incredible scenery, wild seas and astonishing wildlife.  The islands are largely unspoiled and the Isle of Lewis is no exception.  And if you want to baffle a friend with a trivia question, who do these three...
Let Jack help you discover Dunfermline, Scotland’s ancient capital

Let Jack help you discover Dunfermline, Scotland’s ancient capital

Most tourists who come to Scotland will pay a visit to the nation’s capital city of Edinburgh but many of them won’t know that Edinburgh hasn’t always been the capital of Scotland. Drive north across the Forth Road Bridge and you will very quickly come to the Royal...
Take a drive into the heart of Scotland’s ‘Hollow Mountain’

Take a drive into the heart of Scotland’s ‘Hollow Mountain’

Lying at the head of Loch Awe, Scotland longest freshwater loch, you will find a most curious thing – a ‘hollow mountain’. Ben Cruachan, one of Scotland’s Munros (mountains over 3000 feet) is home to the only underground pumped storage hydroelectric power...
Let Rabbie take you on a tour of Scotland

Let Rabbie take you on a tour of Scotland

No, not Rabbie Burns, Rabbie’s Tours! Taking a tour of Scotland in one of Rabbie’s minibuses is an excellent way to see the country. Departing from either Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness Rabbie’s will get you up close and personal with what makes Scotland so appealing...
Take a tour of Scotland on this luxurious train

Take a tour of Scotland on this luxurious train

If you are thinking of taking a vacation in Scotland and want to do it in style then you couldn’t do better than spending a few days travelling on the ultimate in luxury rail transport – the Belmond Royal Scotsman. Not to be confused with the Royal Scot or the...
Isle of Skye – the best place to live in Scotland

Isle of Skye – the best place to live in Scotland

Not just the best place to live in Scotland but, according to a recent internet poll, the Isle of Skye is the most desirable place to live in Britain! Situated off the west coast of Scotland (and previously voted the ‘fourth best island in the world’ by National...
The Isle of Arran – Scotland in miniature

The Isle of Arran – Scotland in miniature

Many tourists who visit Scotland will want to spend a few days on one of the islands off the west coast. Known as the hebrides the most visited is probably the Isle of Skye (famous for the Cuillin mountains) since it has been connected to the mainland by a bridge...
The Queen Mother’s home in Scotland

The Queen Mother’s home in Scotland

In 1952, just after the death of her husband King George VI, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, better known today as ‘The Queen Mother’ bought a 450-year-old rundown castle in the far north of Scotland as a place to ‘get away from everything’. She oversaw the restoration of the...
Learn Survival Skills in Scotland

Learn Survival Skills in Scotland

You’ve probably heard of Bear Grylls as his TV survival programmes have been shown all over the world. But did you know that he runs a school that teaches people all about survival skills? There are two courses and both take place in the glory of the Scottish...
Scotland’s dead end!

Scotland’s dead end!

Probably best known as one of the two furthest apart points accessible by road on the British mainland, the village of John o’ Groats lies way, way up on the northeast corner of Scotland some 876 miles from its southern counterpart, Land’s End at the southwest corner...
Scotland: Urquhart Castle, weddings and monsters!

Scotland: Urquhart Castle, weddings and monsters!

Between Fort William and Inverness there lies a Great Glen. Running for 62 miles like a long, thin, diagonal sword-slash struck into the land it bisects the Scottish Highlands into the Grampian Mountains to the southeast and the Northwest Highlands to the northwest....
See Scotland from above

See Scotland from above

Most tourists who visit Scotland will take the usual well-travelled routes to see Scotland’s ancient castles and historical sites, swing by Loch Ness hoping for a glimpse of ‘Nessie’ or take a driving tour following Scotland’s spectacular coastline with its...
Stay in Scotland’s oldest inhabited house

Stay in Scotland’s oldest inhabited house

Originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland, Traquair House, located in the Scottish Borders Region not far from the border with England, is Scotland’s oldest continuously inhabited house. For nearly a thousand years Traquair House has been home...
Come and see darkest Scotland!

Come and see darkest Scotland!

Most tourists who visit Scotland head for the highlands and islands for the spectacular scenery or maybe to the big cities of Glasgow or Edinburgh to soak up some of the culture but for those with a couple of days to spare or who are seeking something a bit different...
North Coast 500 – explore Scotland on wheels

North Coast 500 – explore Scotland on wheels

Thinking of visiting Scotland but don’t really know where to start? Or maybe you’ve already done the castle trail, the whisky trail, and the city experience and now you want to see more of the real, wild Scotland. So what’s the best way to see Scotland’s amazing...
See Scotland on a budget

See Scotland on a budget

If you have always wanted to visit Scotland but have a limited budget then you will be pleased to know that there is a very affordable alternative to expensive hotels. The Scottish Youth Hostels Association, along with its affiliates, runs a network of self-catering...
Saltaire, Yorkshire

Saltaire, Yorkshire

It bothers me so much that overseas visitors who travel to the UK see London as their main point of interest. There is so much to see and do in England (and Scotland and Wales) and although London certainly does have many attractions, the wise traveller will venture...
Madeira: Pearl of the Atlantic

Madeira: Pearl of the Atlantic

Lying off the north-west coast of Africa, about 250 miles north of the Canary Islands, the Portuguese island of Madeira is a veritable oasis in the Atlantic ocean and is regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful all-year-round travel destinations with one...
Up Helly Aa: Shetland’s Fire Festivals

Up Helly Aa: Shetland’s Fire Festivals

VIKINGS! That cry would have sent shivers of terror through the occupants of many a village about to be attacked by those medieval marauders who were famed for their ferocity in battle and their seagoing skills. Fortunate indeed would be the farmer, villager or maiden...
Edinburgh Military Tattoo: what a spectacle!

Edinburgh Military Tattoo: what a spectacle!

In the month of August every year Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, resounds to the sound of the pipes and drums of massed pipe bands as they come together for three weeks as part of the Edinburgh Festival (a term for the many cultural and performance events held in...
Edinburgh: Take a walking tour with Gareth and Monty

Edinburgh: Take a walking tour with Gareth and Monty

Amongst the many walking tours of Edinburgh available to visitors there is one which stands out from the rest. Gareth Davies has an advantage no other walking tour guide of the city has – a four-legged assistant! Edinburgh is a remarkably dog-friendly city and...
The Four Sisters Boatel – city centre luxury!

The Four Sisters Boatel – city centre luxury!

If you are on vacation in Scotland and are thinking of spending some time in Edinburgh taking in all the wonderful sights and sounds of this historic capital city then you will need somewhere to stay. You could, of course, book into one of Edinburgh’s many luxury...
Take a trip on the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world

Take a trip on the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world

Built in 1946 to replace another vessel of the same name which was sunk during WW2 the Paddle Steamer Waverley is the only seagoing, passenger-carrying paddle steamer in the world and now operates passenger excursions around the British coast with the ability to carry...
Edinburgh Writers’ Museum

Edinburgh Writers’ Museum

If you are vacationing in Scotland and are thinking of visiting Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh (and what tourist doesn’t?) you may wish to include in your itinerary a visit to some of Edinburgh’s museums. The city has some wonderful museums but if you are of a...
Take a ride on the Falkirk Wheel

Take a ride on the Falkirk Wheel

If you are spending any amount of time in central Scotland there is one tourist attraction and impressive feat of engineering you really must visit! Connecting two largely disused waterways the Falkirk Wheel, the largest ‘functional sculpture’ you are likely to see...
Visit Queen Elizabeth’s favourite ship

Visit Queen Elizabeth’s favourite ship

Coming to Edinburgh? No vacation trip to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, would be complete without paying a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, Scotland’s most popular visitor attraction. Launched in 1953 Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia was a much-loved favourite of...
Dance the night away – Scottish style!

Dance the night away – Scottish style!

Many visitors to Scotland look forward to savouring a ‘taste of the country’. Food and drink like atholl brose, cranachan, the fine malt whiskies of Islay or even Scotland’s ‘other national drink’ may be consumed and the historic castles of Dunrobin, Edinburgh and...
Scottish monsters and magic on the ‘Jacobite’

Scottish monsters and magic on the ‘Jacobite’

‘’It’s by Shiel water the track is to the west, by Ailort and by Morar to the sea.’’ These lines are from a well-known traditional Scottish song ‘’The Road to the Isles’’ describing a weary travellers’ journey and the long road he must travel to reach his home...
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