Scotland

Gone Sea Kayaking: A Weekend in Oban

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It is not often that we get an exceptionally sunny and warm Spring weekend in Scotland, but when it happens I am the first to get long for adventure. Not too long ago it was such a weekend, so my boyfriend and I rented a car and drove north. We had our minds set on a little Scottish coastal town not too far from Glasgow but special enough to get away from it[...]

The Top 10 Experiences in Scotland

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If you would have told me that I am still in Glasgow today and with no intention to leave anytime soon when I moved here almost three years ago, I would have shaken my head in wild disbelief. And yet, Glasgow has managed to do, what Vienna, Berlin & Co couldn't do in the past - it made me want to stay. The city is a creative hotspot, with great universit[...]

The Best of Scotland in One Day

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When most people start to plan their trip to Scotland, they think of the essentials first: Edinburgh, medieval castles, rolling hills, Highland cows, islands and lakes, whisky and last but not least, an umbrella. Of course, Scotland is so much more than that and a seasoned Scotland-expert will tell you that an umbrella in the Scottish rain-wind combination i[...]

It's a Kind of Magic: The Shetland Islands

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We got out of the car and had a quick look at the map. It wouldn't be far, but the weather looked vicious. We set out anyways; wrapped up in our waterproofs, our cameras safely stowed in our waterproof bags and our boots strapped on tightly. The first stretch was simple and the path easy to follow, but then it stopped. Well, there was one path leading to the[...]

The Unforgettable Experience of NYE in Edinburgh

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If you have ever dreaded the notion of celebrating New Year's Eve surrounded by a crowd of complete strangers, standing outside in the freezing cold, waiting for the magical countdown to come and pass, so you can finally get to the most important point of the show - the fireworks - Welcome to the Club! No other annual festivity attracts as much frenzy and[...]

Is Edinburgh the Ultimate Festival City?

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When I think about why people might add Edinburgh to their travel bucket lists and flood the streets of the Scottish capital year-in, year-out, I think of the medieval Old Town with its picturesque castle, the picture-book views from Carlton Hill and Arthur Seat, and The Elephant House coffee shop for Harry Potter fans. People go to Edinburgh to marvel at ar[...]

5 cool things to do in Edinburgh

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I'm a Glasgow girl through and through - after two years of living here, people can certainly pick that up from my accent, and I love it. They might even be able to pick it up from my behaviour, as a friend of mine put it very adequately after the police had been called to our hotel on a recent trip, because I was chatting to loudly with my balcony neighbour[...]

10 Tips for the Edinburgh Festivals

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After living in Scotland since 2013, I finally made my way around to Edinburgh in August, when no less than six of the city's twelve (!) annual festivals rock every last stage the city has to offer and, if necessary, build their own. The Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe, the Book Festival, the Art Festival, the Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh M[...]

5 cool vintage shops in Glasgow

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Moving to Glasgow just under two years ago has changed many a thing in my behaviour. First of all, I now say didnae instead of didn't and wee instead of little. I also re-defined my perception of rain to anything not soaking me within 5 minutes to 'not being real rain'. And then I think 25 degrees Celsius is really hot. Moving to Glasgow, or more generally t[...]