Scotland’s capital knows how to do Christmas right. In December, Edinburgh turns into something of a winter wonderland – with amazing spots to eat, drink and generally make merry! I’m not long back from a solo mini-break to Edinburgh, where I decided to spend a few days soaking in the city’s holiday atmosphere, exploring some hidden gems and checking out the best festive things to do in Edinburgh in the run-up to Christmas. Continue reading
Scotland is special. It’s a country that I’m incredibly proud to call home, and a place I’m always happy to come back to at the end of my travels. Over the last couple of years, I’ve tried to spend more of the time I do have at home exploring Scotland through the eyes of a traveller…and one of the best ways to do this is by road tripping. Continue reading
Scotland might be my home country but I’m ashamed to admit that, at 27, there is still so much I haven’t seen. When I started travelling last year, I promised myself that every time I came back to Scotland, I would try and fit in as much as possible – to travel in my own country as I would if I were abroad. I’ve been back from Sardinia for just over a month and, despite the typically non-summery Scottish weather, I’ve managed to fit in a lot of backyard travelling…including a day exploring the beautiful Ben A’an.
When getting lost looks like this, involves stumbling upon a Scottish legend’s grave and a sipping a cold pint at Monachyle MHOR, it’s really not so bad! One of the things I wanted to do this year was to explore more of Scotland, especially some of the amazing places that are literally on my doorstep. My sister and I took a backyard road trip in the general direction of Loch Voil, Balquhidder and decided to keep going for as long as there was light! Continue reading
Stirling isn’t short on great places to get coffee or breakfast, but it is short on places that serve them all day. After trying to make it in time for the breakfast at The Filling Station, and missing it by 15 minutes, a friend and I spent a hungry half an hour wandering around the city looking for anywhere that would give us some form of brunch food at 1 pm on a Sunday afternoon. Luckily, although probably not for my waistline, we stumbled upon The Fat Cyclist Cafe Stirling, which has since become my new favourite place – for breakfast, coffee and pretty much everything else. Continue reading
When you’re invited to review a 5-star hotel located on a private island, well…it would just be rude to say no. This is the situation I found myself in recently, when a place on a last-minute press trip to the Isle of Eriska Hotel & Spa popped up.
Stirling is very much a University City, which means students…and lots of them. They’ve brought with them the need for copious amounts of coffee and fast free WiFi, and the city has obliged. Here are a five of the best tried and tested coffee shops in Stirling, with cheap drinks and free internet access.