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Best Places to Stay in Edinburgh

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 …

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The Best Places to Eat (and Drink) in Edinburgh

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, …

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Insider’s Guide to Derry, Northern Ireland

  As long as there has been an Ireland, there has been a Derry (also known as Londonderry.) And, arguably, no city better exemplifies Ireland’s past, present and future than this anything but sleepy town on the banks of the River Foyle, near the northern tip of the Emerald Isle. Derry is perhaps still best …

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Insider’s Guide to Aberdeen, Scotland

It isn’t often that an exact date in a city’s history can be pinpointed as the day that everything changed. Usually, shifts in a city’s fortunes occur slowly over time, taking generations but Aberdeen isn’t like most cities. On October 7, 1970, underwater exploration 110 miles off the Aberdeen coast struck oil and nearly overnight, …

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Hiking Scotland’s West Highland Way

Standing at the top of the Devil’s Staircase, I looked around and wondered how a spot this lovely got such a sinister name. There was certainly nothing in the area to conjure thoughts of fire and brimstone at the highest point along one of the UK’s most famous hiking trails – the West Highland Way. …

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Spain: From Madrid to Benidorm

  We couldn’t have had a better first few days in Spain. After a 9 am landing on a cool, late-February morning at Madrid’s Barajas International Airport, our trip was about to go much better than we had expected. Arriving in relatively good spirits from Portland, my girlfriend Kate and I hopped on the Madrid …

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