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Say Hiya to Scotland

A world away from London, Scotland deserves some serious dedicated time during a UK vacation.

After visiting the beautiful capital of Edinburgh and the handsome and underrated Glasgow, venture further to Scotland’ highlands and islands, where you’ll be treated to jaw-dropping landscapes that will make you fall in love.

We’ve been to Scotland twice now, and can’t help but plan our next trip…we just love it there.

 

Posts About Scotland

  • Where to Stay in Glasgow — Although Glasgow’s not a massive city — and it’s downtown is compact and walkable — there are still a few different neighborhoods worth checking out. In this post, we introduce the best areas to stay in Glasgow. We also created a One Day in Glasgow itinerary which you can view online, or download as a PDF.
  • Where to Stay in Edinburgh — Once you’ve settled your accommodation in Glasgow, be sure to check out a similar post for Edinburgh. We enlisted the help of an Edinburgh local to outline the best areas to stay in Edinburgh. As with Glasgow, we also have a One Day in Edinburgh Itinerary that may help you plan the highlights!
  • If you’re wondering whether Glasgow should be on your “must visit” list for Scotland, we think it definitely should be. Find out why we say, Yes, You Should Visit Glasgow in this first-timer’s guide.
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Things to Do in Glasgow: Our Guide to a Perfect Day in Glasgow

One Day in Glasgow: What to See and Do, and Where to Eat, if You Only Have 1 Day in Glasgow, Scotland. Includes Optional PDF 1-Day Glasgow Itinerary Download and a Map of all Locations. Disclosure: This Glasgow itinerary contains affiliate links. That means we may earn a small commission when you use the links

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Where to Stay in Edinburgh: Edinburgh Scotland’s Best Neighborhoods

Where to Stay in Edinburgh: Advice from a local travel blogger about the best neighborhoods to stay in Edinburgh, Scotland! (Plus 30 hotel and apartment recommendations) We created this guide in collaboration with travel blogger Sonja Thomson of Migrating Miss. We’re happy she agreed to share her passion and knowledge of Edinburgh as our local city expert for

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An Edinburgh Shopping Guide

Edinburgh’s Best Boutique and Indie Design Shopping (Far Away From Princes Street)

Edinburgh Shopping Guide — The Very Best Shopping in Edinburgh — 4 Cool Edinburgh Neighborhoods to Load Up on Unique Finds, Indie Designs, and One-of-a-Kind Edinburgh Souvenirs. This Edinburgh Shopping Guide Features Edinburgh’s Best Neighborhoods and Streets for Independent and Design Shopping.   Edinburgh isn’t exactly known as a shopping destination. Compared to other cities in the

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Scotch Whisky Experience Review

One Hour Whisky Experts: The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh: A review, practical information and FAQs for those considering visiting the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh. Includes tips for enjoying whisky in Edinburgh and tips for a whisky trip in Scotland. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. That means we may earn a small commission when you use the links

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A Quick Look At the Glasgow Mural Trail

The Glasgow Mural Trail: A photo essay and some quick thoughts about the Glasgow Mural Trail, a quirky, self-guided walk past Glasgow’s best street art.   It’s no secret that we thoroughly love Glasgow. On all our trips to the city, we’ve found it embodies an intangible creative spirit that’s hard to pin down, and isn’t necessarily

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Best places in Scotland List

The Best Places in Scotland: 23 Travel Bloggers Share Where to Go in Scotland

Best Places in Scotland: 23 travel bloggers share where to go in Scotland, including Scottish highlights for cities, islands, history and the great outdoors! If you’re wondering where to go in Scotland, start here!  Read More About Scotland Here: Where to Stay in Edinburgh • Where to Stay in Glasgow • One-Day Glasgow Itinerary • One-Day Edinburgh Itinerary • Tips for

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Should I go to Glasgow?

Yes, You Should Visit Glasgow: A First-Timer’s Guide to Glasgow

Glasgow Travel Guide: If you’re asking yourself, Should I Visit Glasgow, the answer is a resounding YES! Creative, lively and uber cool, Glasgow is Scotland’s hippest city. Find out why you should visit Glasgow, and our recommendations for the best things to do in Glasgow.    Disclosure: This Should I Visit Glasgow Travel Guide contains

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House for an art lover Glasgow Scotland

Visiting House for an Art Lover in Glasgow, Scotland

House for an Art Lover is a hidden surprise in Glasgow, perfect for cultural travellers who enjoy art, design and architecture. Add it to your Glasgow itinerary on a rainy day or a sunny one, and allot a few hours to wander the grounds and the house, and to enjoy some treats or a meal in

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15 Photos of a Rainy Winter Day in Glasgow’s Necropolis

Geoff was in Glasgow a few weeks back, and I’ve been going through old photos from when we were in Glasgow last year around this time. It was almost 11 months to the day that Geoff returned to Scotland. For some reason, we spent a lot of time in cemeteries while we were there. For one, it just

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February 2015 Round Up

So…it’s March. Just like that, 60+ days of the year have gone by. Whoa. We started off the year housesitting with Higabee the Maine Coone in Stockholm, Sweden. We got back January 7 and moved into our new apartment in Prague, and things have been getting rather interesting since. Let’s start off with a photo of Higabee: literally the

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Haggis Pakora: A Fusion of Fear and Food in Glasgow!

Let me just start by telling you how much of a wimp I am when it comes to food.  If it comes from water, I won’t eat it.  If I can’t pronounce it, I won’t eat it. If it starts with the letter Z, there’s a good chance I won’t eat it.  I can’t physically

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Tips for visiting Isle of Skye and Isle of Lewis and Harris

Travel Tips for Isle of Skye & Isle of Lewis and Harris

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5 Scottish Castles That Will Make You Wish You Were Noble

If you follow us at all on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you’ll know we have been absolutely astounded by the beauty of Scotland. The landscape, animals, and plethora of Scottish castles dotting the oh-so-green countryside are pretty hard to beat.   As we’ve got a post going up on the Travel Underwriters blog today about

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Geoff samples one of the beers in Edinburgh

Around the World in 80 Drinks: Real Ale Scottish Beer in Edinburgh

Welcome to the Scottish Beer and Real Ale edition of Around the World in 80 Drinks, a series that takes us on a drunken whirlwind of adventure around our planet. We’ve had fun drinking Scotch, vodka, tequila, mulled Glögg wine, Belgian beer, and Canada’s greatest invention, the Caesar while traveling the world, and today are tackling Scottish beer, or real ale. Please let us know what you

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Walking through Leith

Sunshine on Leith: A Visual Tour of Leith Edinburgh

From Prince’s Street, we took the bus together, sitting on the top deck at the front so we could watch Edinburgh pass below us. We split under foreboding, rain-bearing clouds; Geoff went forward, and I turned and walked back in the direction from which we had come, until I found myself alone with nothing but

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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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Three tumbler glasses with Scotch whisky

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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eagleowl band

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 players

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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Budget tips for touring Scottish Isles
The Callanish Standing Stones were a highlight, despite the fact we had to avoid an overly-excited tourist who insisted on hugging the stones.