Many whisky distilleries on the Scottish Islands are located near the sea, it was the most logical place to build one as barley and whisky had to be shipped in and out to and from mainland Scotland. At the time the distilleries were built, most of them around the end of the 1800s, there were no roads and no ferry services as we know them today. A good example is the Isle of Islay where seven out of eight distilleries are located directly next to the sea and they all have a pier where ships can be moored at.If you travel in between the islands in the west of Scotland, especially in the … [Read more...] about Discovering Distilleries with Tall Ship Thalassa
As a regular visitor of Glasgow I very much anticipated a visit to the Glasgow School of Art which was due to re-open in 2019 after a devastating fire in 2014. Millions of pounds have been invested to get this iconic masterpiece back to its original standings. The fire in 2014 was a nightmare for the people of Glasgow and fans the world over. For those who don't know him, Charles Rennie Mackintosh is Scotland’s most celebrated architect and designer of the 20th century. His work and legacy is celebrated across Glasgow, where he left a beautiful and lasting mark on the city. A quote from the … [Read more...] about Charles Rennie Mackintosh 150th Anniversary
I bet you didn't see this one coming right? Don't be mistaken though, Dundee is going from strength to strength and now Lonely Planet has named Dundee as one of their Best in Europe for 2018. And it's not just Lonely Planet who point point out Dundee as the Go To City for 2018. Prestigious publications like The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Bloomberg and the Guardian all citing the city in their 2018 travel itineraries. Famed for its continual reinvention, particularly after the decline of traditional industries such as whaling, shipbuilding and jute manufacturing, the city has transformed into a … [Read more...] about Dundee is Scotland Coolest City
Edinburgh is a fantastic city and draws visitor from all over the world to the beautiful centre and many attractions. But Edinburgh can be busy at times so an escape to the beautiful countryside gives your city visit an entirely different twist. From the busy Royal Mile to the peace and quiet of Scott's View in the Scottish Borders or the nearby Border Abbeys is merely an hour away. Since May this year this has become much easier and now you can "see more and save more" with the Midlothian and the Scottish Borders one or two day sightseeing pass.Jump in the car or take the train or bus … [Read more...] about Beyond Edinburgh Sightseeing Pass
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