Skara Brae – A Village Older than the Egyptian Pyramids

Skara Brae - Orkney Islands

Skara brae is by far the Oldest Neolithic site in Northern Europe: Standing in a village that’s over 5,000 years old is a pretty awesome experience. Skara Brae was an inhabited village long before the Egyptian pyramids were built and although we do not hear too much about it, Skara Brae was a flourishing place […]

Jedburgh Abbey – A Castle in Scotland's Border Country

Jedburgh Abbey - Scotland

An Augustinian House of Royal Patronage: Travelling in the Scottish border region you’ll see a landscape that’s dotted with imposing castles, elegant abbeys, stately mansions and dramatic ruins, all of which tell interesting stories of the area’s turbulent and romantic history. Jedburgh Abbey is the first of the amazing abbeys that we come across as […]

The Only Malt Whisky Trail in the World – Speyside

Speyside - Scottish Highlands

Spey Valley’s Whisky Country: If there’s one thing that Scotland has a lot of, it’s whisky distilleries and this country also has the only Malt Whisky Trail in the world. To make good whisky requires pure spring water, good supplies of golden barley and peat and good whisky distilleries are usually found in pristine environments […]

Gretna Green Wedding over the Blacksmith’s Anvil

Gretna Green

You no longer have to runaway to get married at Gretna Green: We were returning to England from Glasgow when our coach called into Gretna Green, a small village near the Scottish/English border. I have never heard of Gretna Green before, but obviously many runaway couples have as this village was famous for its runaway […]

Enjoy life’s small victories, says Edradour

Edradour Distillery, Southern Highlands

Scotland’s smallest distillery: No visit to Scotland is complete without a visit to a whisky distillery and this morning we visit Edradour, Scotland’s smallest distillery.  At Edradour, the local water, the finest malt and age-old skills combine to produce a ‘wee dram’. Edradour is nestled in a pocket glen in the hills above Pitlochry in […]

See the Spectacular EdinburghTattoo at Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle all fired up for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Edinburgh Tattoo is a Spectacular Event at Edinburgh Castle: We arrive at Edinburgh Castle in good time and already the stands are  filling up. Edinburgh Castle is the setting for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and thousands of visitors from all over the world flock here to see this famous military tattoo each year. The […]

St Andrews, the Home of Golf…

St Andrews, Scotland

Winning at St Andrews is every golfer’s dream: St Andrews is where golf was born in the 15th century.  On our journey here we cross the Firth of Forth Bridge, a bridge that was completed in 1890.  The Forth was heavily over-constructed in an attempt to regain the public’s confidence after the tragic collapse of […]