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Destination Guide: Scotland

June 1, 2016

Everybody knows the accent and the infamous kilt, now it’s time to see what Scotland is all about.  The country has produced some of the most entertaining people such as Sean Connery, JK Rowling and Billy Connolly.  It’s not only the people and whiskey which makes Scotland a great place to visit, but the cities, towns and landscape.  Read on to find out more  

 

Edinburgh

Princes St is the classic UK High street.  Along here you will find all the H&M’s, Top shops, Marks and Spencers and any other chain clothes shop. 

 

 

Royal Mile

Probably the world’s best fudge shop can be found on the Royal Mile.  After visiting the castle, take a walk downhill until you get to the Fudge Kitchen.  Taste the new and unique flavours

 

At 1 O’clock each day, the 1 O’clock gun is fired.  The best vantage point is from inside the Edinburgh Castle.  Entry to the castle costs 16.50.  You can have an insight of how the castle was run and why it was an important fort to have.  Each year, the castle hosts the Military Tattoo.  This is a display of precision and military discipline as soldiers and marching bands perform in front of the crowds.

 

Do you believe in the super natural? Even the sceptics will love the Edinburgh Ghost tours.  Head below street level into the hidden rooms and pathways of what use to be the entrance to houses.  

 

The Elephant House is made famous as it was the place where JK Rowling got inspiration for and wrote her early novels.  If you manage to snag a table near the window, you can catch a glimpse of the castle.

 

Calton Hill

Located in the southern end of Princes street, Calton Hill is a great place to catch a sunset.  If you happen to be in Edinburgh near the end of April, the grounds are host to the Beltane Fire Festival.

 

Arthurs Seat

The back drop of Edinburgh provides an excellent Panorama of the city below.  Take a steep hike up to Arthurs Seat and look out over the Princes street, the Royal mile and the castle.

 

Hogmanay

Hogmanay is Edinburgh’s way of welcoming in the New Year.  It is a 3 day festival which closes down the main streets to make way for revellers from around the globe.  There is a torchlight procession, street party’s and to top it off, fireworks over the castle.

 

Fringe Festival

This legendary arts festival takes over the city in the month of August.  Rent and accommodation doubles in price as over a million visitors take to the cobbled streets.  Street Performers, comedy shows, plays and anything else to do with theatre is on display.  Walk the Royal Mail and collect all the pamphlets of acts.  You can pick up free tickets to shows for later in the evening.  Be prepared for the unexpected.

 

Highlands

Located an hour drive North of Edinburgh, the Highlands offer contrast to the lowlands.  The rolling green hills turn into arid mountainous ranges.  This area is home to the Highland Cow.  A breed of cattle which is big and fluffy, the modern day mammoth you could say. 

 

Glasgow

The other big city in the south of Scotland was host to the Commonwealth games in 2014.  It also has an International airport and may be another option to fly into Scotland. 

 

Oban

A coastal town found on the western side of Scotland,  Oban is a quaint get away from Glasgow and Edinburgh.  Head down to the harbour and catch a ferry to Kerrera Island.  It’s a 20 minute ride to the almost deserted isle which boasts a population of 34.  It is 7 km’s long and 2 km’s wide and is covered by walking trails.

 

 

Loch Ness

Join thousands of people to search for the elusive Loch Ness monster.  The town of Ness is home to the Loch Ness cruises which glide along the magical lake.  There have been only a few photos of this scarce animal, but never the less, you will find Nessy fanatics.  

 

Whisky Brewery Tours

Scotland is traditionally divided into five whisky producing regions - The lowlands, the Highlands, Speyside, Islands and Islay.  Each region carries their own flavour with the majority of the Whisky producers found in Speyside.  Many of the breweries offer tours which give you an insight (and a taste) of what it takes to produce a quality whisky.

 

Nothing is safe from the deep fryer in Scotland, not even Mars Bars.  That’s right, the beloved caramel chocolate bar has been battered and dipped into the fryer.  The original recipe was founded in Aberdeen but can now be found all over Scotland.

 

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