A Wee Jaunt to Arran and Tiree

Not all tartan is made into kilts!

I knew I’d arrived when my taxi driver said, “Enjoy your wee Hebridean jaunt.” But I was left in no doubt when I discovered tartan carpets and upholstery in my room. Later, I even saw tartan VW vans! In fact, my adventure was not wee at all, but fifteen islands and three weeks long. I began in the south on the Scottish Isle of Arran, an easy drive and ferry ride from Glasgow ... Read Full Article

A Small Ship Cruise in the Scottish Hebrides

Glen Tarsan anchored off the Isle of Staffa with a misty Mull in the background

Every September morning I wondered why I hadn’t explored the Scottish Hebrides before. White sand beaches and turquoise sea, purple-washed mountains and golden glens lured me every day. Dry weather heightened my enchantment as I lapped up the islands’ ancient history wherever I found it. The Hebridean islands, formed by ancient volcanoes and sculpted by the restless Atlantic, run north-south off ... Read Full Article

Eight Great Reasons to Visit Scotland

The  Isle of Skye

What’s not to love about Scotland? Home to a rich history, spectacular scenery, and some of the kindest people around; Scotland should be at the top of everyone’s “Must Visit” list. Here are eight particularly great reasons to plan a trip to Scotland now: Stirling With a beautifully preserved Old Town that is jam-packed with worthwhile Medieval and Renaissance era sites, ... Read Full Article

A Walk through Literary Edinburgh

Ferguson Statue at Canongate Kirk

Edinburgh is the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, as it serves up a delicious array of libraries, bookshops, historic authors, literary monuments, and scenic tours. In the 1700s, Edinburgh was the heart of the Scottish Enlightenment, and it gained the nickname “Athens of the North” for its classical architecture and reputation for producing literary and scientific geniuses. Three hundred ... Read Full Article

Visit Gardens in the UK While Keeping the Non-Gardener Happy

Falkland Palace

  Compatible traveling companions do not necessarily share every interest, but it can be trying to spend your precious holidays being dragged around to boring places. You may assume that you have to go golfing even though you read a notice about the Elizabethan doll exhibit at a village museum. You may try to ignore those eyes rolling when you suggest a visit to one more cathedral. But ... Read Full Article

The Many Mysteries of Rosslyn Chapel

inside rosslyn chapel  looking towards the altar

  On a small, rocky plateau overlooking a deep tree lined glen, lies a modest Scottish chapel that has captured the imagination of millions of people around the world. Rosslyn Chapel, measuring only 68 feet long, 35 feet wide, and 42 feet high, has enough fascinating myths, legends and mysteries to put a major Cathedral to shame. Despite popular belief that Dan Brown’s book, The ... Read Full Article

Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

two handsome pipers on high street with st giles cathedral in the background

Few places in Scotland encapsulate the country’s history, culture, heritage and architecture like Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Stretching gently down from Edinburgh Castle, curled up like a gigantic stone sleeping dragon at the top end, to the majestic Baroque Palace of Holyroodhouse at its lower end, the Royal Mile is an esplanade to be savoured with a diverse and entertaining series of museums, ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Glasgow, Scotland

Menzies Glasgow Hotel

To help you decide where to stay in Glasgow, we’ve compiled a list of Glasgow hotels, giving preference to hotels that are near major sights and that offer modern amenities such as wireless internet. Our collection of ‘where to stay’ options includes hotels for every price point, from luxury boutique hotels to good-value hotels just steps from George Square. Our ‘where to stay’ recommendations are ... Read Full Article

Best Places to Stay in Edinburgh

23 Mayfield Gardens

Lets have a look at some of the best places to stay in Edinburgh for all sorts of budgets. But, first things first. If you are planning on visiting Edinburgh during the festival months of August and September, make sure you book accommodation in advance. The town is at its buzzing best during these months but finding a last minute room may be next to impossible. Particularly if you are operating ... Read Full Article

The Best Places to Eat (and Drink) in Edinburgh

The Royal McGregor

One of the better lines from the movie, So I Married An Axe Murderer, is when Mike Myers’ character says, “I think most Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.” While certainly not a universal truth, who could argue that the Deep Fried Mars Bar was not the result of a sober conversation.  But, overall, Scottish food gets a bad rap. Edinburgh is not short on culinary delights. Whether you are ... Read Full Article