Scotland

History of Scotland Explained: The Great Cause

History Explained is a series that provides travellers with the high-level historical context necessary to enjoy the places they visit. History of Scotland is the first country in the series, and this first post hits up the period in Scottish history known as the Great Cause.  I’m finding it difficult to visit places in Edinburgh without understanding …

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Around the World in 80 Drinks: Single Malt Scotch Whisky in Edinburgh Scotland

Welcome to the Scotch Whiskey (or is it Scotch Whisky?) edition of Around the World in 80 Drinks, a series that takes us on a drunken — in this case scotch-fuelled,  whirlwind of adventure around our planet. Sometimes (although not today) we’ll talk about delicious non-alcoholic drinks. But mostly we’ll talk about boozy goodness, like champagne, vodka, tequila, mulled Glögg wine, Belgian beer, and …

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Songs for a City: Edinburgh Playlist

Welcome to our Edinburgh Playlist. Songs for a City is a new series we’ll be (trying) to write for each city we visit, and each post will include an introduction to the contemporary, mostly indieish music scene in the city and a playlist to enjoy while exploring. First up are some of the Edinburgh bands we’re …

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Scottish Hockey? Attending an Edinburgh Capitals Hockey Game

NOTE: The Edinburgh Capitals are a Scottish hockey team, one of 10 teams in the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL), a professional ice hockey league in  Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England. I recently attended a Capitals game in Edinburgh, and had the chance to enjoy some awesome Scottish hockey, as well as meet some …

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Welcome to Edinburgh: Timelapse Video of Auld Reekie

If you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you may have noticed we’re in Edinburgh! We arrived about 10 days ago, and have slowly been exploring the city, reading up on Scottish nationalism, and really just enjoying marvelling at the completely unpredictable weather. Geoff has been busy putting together a timelapse video of some …

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Is Scotland a Country?

Scotland is a great northern land of lush, windswept cliffs; haggis; scotch whiskey; and, of course, Scotland’s most famous resident: a bagpipe-playing, kilt-wearing lake monster named Nessie. The Scots have a long history of Kings and Queens, and a shared culture rich with music, literature, and language. And while the Scots most certainly form a …

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