Category Archives: Scotland

Catching Up: What Does Brexit Mean for Your Future Travel Plans? (Going Places)

Whatever comes of this and however you might feel about the decision, one thing’s still for sure: Brexit might be bad for international relations … but it’s been undeniably generous to American travelers looking to get more bang for their buck. Continue reading

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Great British Cheese Awards

Got a favourite British cheese? Yeah, me too. In fact, a couple of my all-time favourite cheeses are produced here in Britain. Now cheese lovers across the UK can nominate our choices for best British cheese in the new British Cheese Awards. Continue reading

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Celebrate St Andrew’s Day in Scotland (OneTravel)

Scotland’s patron saint is St Andrew (who, FYI, is also the patron saint of Greece, Russia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, and Barbados) and November 30th is day to celebrate the saint and generally have a great time in Scotland. The Scottish … Continue reading

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2015 Edinburgh Fringe: Must See Shows (OneTravel)

For fans of live performance, August in Edinburgh means one thing: Fringe! The largest arts festival in the world, the three-week Scottish shindig brings the opportunity to be entertained by a heaving variety of world class, up-and-coming, and often rather … Continue reading

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Affordable Hotel Stays in Edinburgh

If you are planning any type of a leisure trip or holiday to Scotland one of the places you may want to visit the most is Edinburgh. There is a great deal for you to see and do in the … Continue reading

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Aberlour and the World’s First Outdoor Whisky Art Gallery (OneTravel)

Back in May, single malt whisky makers Aberlour launched the world’s first outdoor whisky art gallery. A few weeks ago, I got the chance to check the exhibition when I paid a visit to the distillery. Set on an idyllic stretch of babbling brook winding its way to Aberlour’s historic distillery, the exhibition aims to capture “the individual elements that together result in one of Scotland’s most famous exports.” And I reckon it certainly succeeds in doing so. Continue reading

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Good Stuff – Speyside Delights!

Good Stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip or savour – in this case all yummy findings from my recent trip to Scotland’s Speyside that I thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

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Aberlour at the Source: Fine Finish

Clean air, clean water, clean tasting whisky – why’d I ever leave? I’d relish a repeat visit to Aberlour Distillery and the Speyside swath of heaven that’s its home. Folks looking for their own ‘clean’ break would be wise to go for a similarly relaxing retreat. Continue reading

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Aberlour at the Source: More than Whisky

Even when setting aside the distillery tour, cooperage visit, and the delectable chance to taste the Aberlour range of single malts in the very environment where they’re made, my Speyside time was still such a blast. The area is absolutely gorgeous, all the food I had was delish, and the hours spent outside communing with nature were as invigorating as they were relaxing. I would have loved to have been able to extend my trip at least a few more days as there was just so much great stuff to see and do. Indeed, I would be so very keen to head back that way again to get to continue discovering this lovely part of Scotland. Continue reading

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Aberlour at the Source: Tasting Notes

To be honest, I’d never had a sip of Aberlour before my visit to its distillery. Always reckoning myself more an islands whisky kinda guy, I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I simply had not even given Speyside whisky a fair shake. I now realise the error of my ways and that I have been missing out all these years as a whisky drinker. Continue reading

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Aberlour at the Source: Speyside Cooperage

As important as the few raw ingredients that go into whisky is the cask in which the spirit is aged. Indeed it’s the interplay between the spirit and the cask wood that gives any whisky its flavour. And coming by the right cask is no mean feat as I found out when I got a look see inside the Speyside Cooperage near Aberlour Distillery. Continue reading

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Aberlour at the Source: A Whisky While beside the Lour Burn

Regardless of whether you actually like the taste of whisky, distilleries are fine places to visit if only for the scenery surrounding them. And to this point, age old Aberlour Distillery is no exception. Continue reading

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Celebrate Norway Day Across the UK with 99p Fish and Chips – 17 May

Happy Norway Day? Ja!. Here’s the scoop on a tasty and affordable way to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Norwegian constitution. The Norwegian Seafood Council is partnering with 99 fish and chip shops across Britain to offer folks a chance to purchase a portion of the UK’s preferred takeaway for only 99p. Continue reading

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Play Parkdean Holidays’ Home or Away Quiz to Win a Free Holiday

Parkdean Holidays, the UK’s number one holiday park operator, has just launched a fun “Home or Away” interactive quiz that features a selection of scenic photographs of beautiful holiday destinations around the world. All you have to do is identify … Continue reading

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Cirque du Soleil Dralion UK Dates Announced (OneTravel)

Cirque du Soleil has announced that its signature production of Dralion will play four dates at the London O2 Arena from the 4th to the 8th of June. Dralion, which celebrates its 15th Anniversary, next year, last played to London … Continue reading

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Christmas Festivities and More in Edinburgh (CheapOair)

Things are getting hot up north this winter with seasonal celebrations already underway in the great Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Here’s the scoop on how to make the most of a Yuletide visit to one of Europe’s most fun and … Continue reading

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Whisky Wonderland – 2013 Jura Whisky Festival (City AM)

Waaaaaay back at the end of May I travelled up to the remote island of Jura to check out its annual Whisky Festival. This year’s event was even more worthy of red letters on the Jura calendar than usual, as the occasion marked 50th anniversary of the island’s distillery. Continue reading

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Celebrate Halloween in Edinburgh (CheapOair)

Where better to spend a night of spooky merrymaking than in Edinburgh – purportedly the most haunted city in not just Scotland or the UK but the whole of Europe. From ghost stories to frightfully fun parties, here’s a roundup of some this great city’s best Halloween events and activities. Continue reading

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Edfringe by @KemeyLafond

Here’s a participant’s perspective – with photos! – of this year’s Fringe from designer (and tikchris contributor) Kemey Lafond who shares insight from her first time working at Edinburgh’s world famous performing arts festival. Continue reading

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Teroforma Whisky Stones + Jura Festival Edition 2013

Giving my Teroforma Whisky Stones a test run with a damn fine single malt and loving every last sip! Continue reading

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Theatre Sneak Preview: Sincerely, Mr Toad

Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do Finalist, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) leads a 12 strong cast in Sincerely, Mr Toad, a brand new musical from Sell A Door Theatre Company in association with Greenwich Theatre. The show explores the life of Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows, and looks at the tragic events that inspired the popular writer’s most famous work. Continue reading

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Scottish Wildlife: Meet the Big Five (CheapOair)

2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland (according to VisitScotland anyway). With vast expansions of wilderness, any year’s a good one to make the most of one of the world’s most rugged and beautiful landscapes. To celebrate the best of natural Scotland, VisitScotland has teamed up with Scottish Natural Heritage to “showcase some of the country’s best loved wildlife” with a list of Scotland’s Big Five. Continue reading

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Summer Fun at Scotland’s Loch Ness (CheapOair)

Looking to have a monstrously good time in Scotland this summer? Figuring out how to have fun around the famed Loch Ness doesn’t have to be a mystery. Here’s a look at the area’s line up of awesome festivals … Continue reading

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The 2013 Islay Whisky Festival (OneTravel)

The Feis Ile is the Scottish island of Islay’s annual festival of “Malt and Music.” Held every year during the last week of May with an variety of activities and events across Islay as well as on the neighbouring island Jura, the Feis Ile is considered to be one of the most important events on any true whisky lover’s calendar. Continue reading

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Google Hangout with Chef Marcello Tully and Great British Chefs

I had a lot of fun last Saturday “hanging out” with Chef Marcello Tully of the Kinloch Lodge on the Isle of Skye. The Great British Chefs Google Hangout in association with Tesco Real Food offered an up close and … Continue reading

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How to Discover Your Scottish Ancestry (CheapOair)

Here’s a list of five great places throughout Scotland where you can delve into the local archives and learn about your family and clan’s history … Continue reading

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Scotland Celebrates John Muir’s 175th Birthday (CheapOair)

This year marks the 175th anniversary of John Muir’s birth. For the occasion, Scotland has announced the first ever John Muir Day on his birthday, April 21st, to be celebrated with a range of events happening in Scotland’s National Nature Reserves and National Parks throughout the entire month. Continue reading

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Follow Scotland’s Great Trails to Scenic Adventure (CheapOair)

The Scotland’s Great Trails network constitutes 23 well maintained trails across Scotland that are distinctively waymarked, largely off-road and offering opportunities to discover one the most world’s most beautiful and rugged landscapes and to experience Scottish history and culture firsthand. Continue reading

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Kopi Coffee Club

So, when the folks at Kopi – an “exclusive monthly subscription coffee club that is passionate about premium taste and ethical sourcing” – dropped me a line to ask if I’d like to sample their coffee in exchange for review, I was keen … and maybe a little suspicious too. Gourmet, fair trade, luxury … these days there are so many endowments attached to the front of too otherwise straightforward words like coffee that descriptions such as “exclusive” and “premium” don’t necessarily mean anything anymore. Continue reading

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Four Sweet Eateries for Edinburgh Lovers (CheapOair)

Lovebirds looking for a romantic restaurant in Edinburgh for Valentine’s Day are spoilt for choice. That is if they act fast to make a reservation. There are plenty of great places to enjoy a delicious meal in an intimate and elegant setting. Here’s a list of four brilliant Edinburgh eateries to visit with your sweetheart. Continue reading

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Deeney’s “Macbeth” Haggis Sandwich (Great British Chefs)

I love haggis. It’s one of the most savoury dishes I can think of and a true winter warmer. The blend of hearty oats, black pepper and, well, all those other ingredients that make haggis so infamously reviled among the squeamish add up to a flavoursome experience that’s unparalleled. And I’m not just hitting you over the head with a hyperbole stick either. Haggis really is one of my favourite foods. So when I heard about a haggis toastie (and that the Evening Standard had claimed it to be London’s best new sandwich) being sold just down the street from where I live, I was clicking my heals to the tune of Auld Lang Syne keen for a glimpse of this glorious sight warm-reekin! Continue reading

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Shetland Night in London (Great British Chefs)

Shetland Night in London was the brainchild of Shetland native, Helen Nisbet. As so many of us Londoners can relate, Helen loves her life in London but misses the charms of life ‘back home’. The day after the dinner, I … Continue reading

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Save Money and Gain Control with British Gas Smart Meters

Winter doesn’t officially begin until 21 December. But I’m wondering if Mother Nature got all her Christmas shopping done early this year because it is already so bitterly cold out there! Grrr … I love this time of year to … Continue reading

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Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the D.Daskalopoulos Collection

From Death to Death and Other Small Tales: Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the D.Daskalopoulos Collection List of Artists in the exhibition: Marina Abramovic, Jean Arp, Balthus, Matthew Barney, Hans Bellmer, Joseph Beuys, Boyle Family, … Continue reading

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Dubh Prais: Traditional Scottish Cooking on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile (CheapOair)

Located in the heart of the Royal Mile, Dubh Prais offers a hearty helping of welcoming Scottish character and, despite its tourist laden locale, has an authentically homey and off-the-beaten track feel to it. Read my complete post at the … Continue reading

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