Scotland is becoming more and more popular with visitors from all over the world. Tourism growth is in the double figures with overseas visits up by 14.6% and domestic visits up by 10% from July to September. And where do all these people go to you wonder? There are a few top destinations which attract many folk. For instance, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh welcomed 1.81 million people and overtook Edinburgh Castle as best visited attraction. The castle welcomed 1.77 million people. So what can you expect for 2018? Below are a few highlights for the year ahead, from a new Museum … [Read more...] about Scotland in 2018 – What is New?
There are plenty of reasons to go to Scotland outside the busy tourist season. Even quieter roads, dramatic winter scenery, Christmas atmosphere in the Scottish Cities and the possibility to see the Northern Lights are just a few reasons to visit Scotland this winter. If you decide to make the journey you're likely to add cheaper accommodation to that list as well. For the price of one week in the summer you can get 10 days or sometimes even two weeks in the winter! Of course you don't get the long summer nights with endless light but you will get a cheaper and just as pleasant holiday.If … [Read more...] about Scotland Holiday Discounts
When planning your Scotland holiday for 2018 make sure to consider a visit to the city of Dundee, as something very special is happening there, more about that further down. Perhaps you didn't know but Dundee has become the first UNESCO City of Design in the UK in 2014. This is a prestigious award that recognises the huge contribution the city has made to design worldwide.Dundee received this award because it has an established design industry and its designs include aspirin, biomedical research that has led to hundreds of new cancer drugs, comics including The Beano and The Dandy, orange … [Read more...] about V&A Museum of Design Dundee Opening in 2018
I've driven most roads in Scotland, especially the scenic ones, and enjoyed almost every mile of all of them. I don't think there is such a thing as a boring road in Scotland, especially when you're outside urban areas. And no matter how beautiful some of these roads are, there are always a few that are just a tad more stunning, roads that stick in your mind as being "very special". One of them is the Road to the Isles and the other one is the drive through Glen Shiel. Both offer an unforgettable driving experience amidst some of the most beautiful scenery Scotland has to offer. Now what … [Read more...] about Highlands 140 – A Great Highlands Driving Route
The Royal National Mòd is the main annual festival and celebration of Scottish Gaelic language and culture, song and arts. It's often referred to simply as the Mòd and is usually held in October. The Royal National Mòd is organised by The Highland Association which was founded in Oban in 1891. Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival provides opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines including Gaelic music and song, highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature. The Gaelic culture is nowadays mostly present in the Outer Hebrides, some … [Read more...] about The Royal National Mòd Gaelic Festival
The title "Mother of all driving Routes" in the world probably goes to Route 66 in the United States. Almost everyone knows the name, the scenery and the accompanying song "Get your kicks on Route 66" which was sung by many, including the Stones. Folk from all over the world make the pilgrimage to the US to drive the 2,500 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica in California. The US 66, as the Highway is called, was of importance for those who migrated west and the road supported many communities and businesses it passed and it still does so today.A couple of years ago the North Highland … [Read more...] about North Coast 500 Driving Tour