Balmoral Castle – A Favourite Summer Retreat of the Queen

Balmoral-Estate-Balmoral

Balmoral Castle is a Scottish Castle on the Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire: One of the Queen’s favourite summertime retreats is Balmoral Castle. Set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire, Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the British Royal Family for over 150 years. Balmoral Estate Balmoral Estate is one of […]

Ring of Brodgar – Stone Circle and Henge in Orkney

Ring of Brodgar, Orkney © Travel Signposts

The Ring of Brodgar Is The Third Largest Stone Circle In The British Isles: Just as old and mysterious as Stonehenge, but perhaps nowhere nearly as famous, is the Ring of Brodgar (or Brogar) Stone Circle and Henge on the Mainland island of Orkney, Scotland. If not for its remote location, the Ring of Brodgar […]

Commando Memorial – A Tribute To The Commandos

Commando Memorial

The Commando Memorial is one of Scotland’s Best-Known War Memorials: Travelling on the A82, heading south towards Fort Willliam, we made a stop for a photo-shoot of Ben Nevis. What we weren’t expecting to see was this imposing Commando Memorial, three gigantic bronze figures standing proud in full battle gear – rifles, binoculars, woollen caps, […]

Seeing Ben Nevis or ‘the Ben’

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis, or Beinn Nibheis in Gaelic, is Britain’s Highest Mountain: Ben Nevis or ‘the Ben’, as it is fondly referred to, is the highest mountain in the British Isles, peaking at 4,406 ft. Due to its location, altitude and topography, Ben Nevis frequently suffers poor weather conditions. We were told that fog covers the […]

Holyrood Palace – The Queen’s Official Scottish Residence

Holyrood Palace © Travel Signposts

Holyrood Palace Has Been the Royal Residence of Many Kings and Queens: Holyrood Palace, or Palace of Holyroodhouse as it is officially called, is the official residence of the Queen when she is in Scotland.  This Edinburgh Palace is located at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle, just at the bottom end of the Edinburgh’s […]

The Thistle – A Symbol of All Things Scottish

Scottish Thistle

How Did This Spiky Weed Become A Symbol of Scotland? The thistle is the emblem of Scotland and alongside the tartan, it is perhaps one of the most recognizable symbol of all things Scottish. But why is it, one asks, should such a humble and thorny weed become a national symbol of a nation of […]

Eilean Donan Castle – Scotland’s Most Romantic Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan or the Island of Donan: Situated by the picturesque village of Dornie, Eilean Donan Castle is on the main tourist route to the Isle of Skye. Like all visitors to Skye, we made an obligatory photo stop here. Eilean Donan Castle  sits on an island where three sea lochs meet – Loch Duich on […]

The Falls of Shin and the Salmon Leap

Falls of Shin, Sutherland © Travel Signposts

At The Falls of Shin, You Can Watch Salmon Leap Upstream to Spawn in Loch Shin: In more pleasant weather and at the right season, the Falls of Shin would have been an enjoyable place to visit, but we unfortunately arrived here on a cold and wet morning. One of the main attractions at the […]

Orkney's Inspirational Italian Chapel

Italian Chapel, Orkney

Orkney’s Italian Chapel is a Story of Inspiration and Compassion: An Italian Chapel in the remote Scottish Orkney Islands sounds like a bizzare occurence, but this little church on Lambholm is one of the Orkney’s famous attractions. Orkney’s quaint little chapel is the only reminder of Camp 60 where Italian prisoners of war were housed […]

A Visit to Castle of Mey – The Queen Mother’s Home in Caithness

Castle Mey and its Garden

Castle & Gardens of Mey Was The Queen Mother’s Favourite Home in Caithness Castle Mey was the favourite home of the Queen Mother when she visited Scotland.  So when we travelled to the north of Scotland, we paid a visit to the Queen Mother’s favourite residence, the only home that the Queen Mother owned in her own […]