Category Archives: Scotland

Haggis Hunt | Index

Thanks for joining me on my hunt for the wily haggis across Edinburgh. Continue reading

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Haggis Hunt | Whiski Bar & Restaurant

To wind down my haggis hunt, I’d like to toast this most hearty of dishes and the lovely city with a few words about the lovely meal had at Whiski Bar & Restaurant on the Royal Mile. Continue reading

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Haggis Hunt | Dough Pizza

Haggis on a pizza!?!? Don’t knock till you’ve tried it. And if you’re trying it in Edinburgh, head to Dough Pizza for the especially tasty and haggis-enhanced Scozia pizza. Continue reading

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Haggis Hunt | Holyrood 9A

Next stop on the Edinburgh haggis hunt is, Holyrood 9A, an Old Town pub where the grub is burger and the beer is craft. Continue reading

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Haggis Hunt | The Royal McGregor

First up among my haggis hunt highlights is the majestic breakfast I had at The Royal McGregor. Continue reading

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On the Haggis Hunt in Edinburgh

On the hunt for haggis? Have a look at the best I tried during a recent Edinburgh expedition. Continue reading

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Best Beer of 2017

Last but not least, let’s have a beer. I conclude my Best of 2017 lists with a round up of the tastiest and most intriguing beers I got to drink this year. The world may be falling apart at the … Continue reading

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Best Restaurants of 2017 (Excluding London)

Best restaurants in the world? Here’s a taste of the ones I got to try. Continue reading

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Review: Highland Apartments by Mansley (Urban Travel Blog)

For a “best of both worlds” getaway, Highland Apartments fit our bill perfectly offering an urban base for rural pursuits. Continue reading

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Falling for Scotland in Autumn | Big Time

A road trip interspersed with city breaks and rural retreats across one of the world’s most captivating landscapes: Kemey and I fell for Scotland big time. Continue reading

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Falling for Scotland in Autumn | Inverness and Around the Highlands

Last stop on our tour was the Inverness, where Kemey and I spent most of our three-day visit hiking in and around town and through wilderness areas within easy reach of the city. Continue reading

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Falling for Scotland in Autumn | Driving the A82 with the Vauxhall Mokka X

Best thing about our recent tour of Scotland? Humming through the Highlands in the comfortable and stylish Vauxhall Mokka X. Continue reading

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Falling for Scotland in Autumn | Glasgow

It’d been years since either Kemey or I had been to Glasgow and our two-night (and really only one full day) pit stop proved far too short. Nonetheless we had an amazing time and loved discovering how much more delicious the city had become since we’d last been there. Continue reading

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Falling for Scotland in Autumn | Le Roi Fou

Every bite of every dish at Le Roi Fou delighted as it confirmed why this months old fine dining destination was dubbed Best New Restaurant at this year’s Scottish Food Awards. Continue reading

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Falling for Scotland in Autumn | Edinburgh

First stop on our Falling for Scotland tour was the magically misty city of Edinburgh – a destination both Kemey and I know fairly well but can never seem to get enough of. Continue reading

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Falling for Scotland in Autumn

Falling for Scotland is easy to do this time of year, especially when seeing the country by car. Continue reading

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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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