A Deep Dive into Loch Ness: Tales from the Depths

Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness
Urquhart Castle commands great views of Loch Ness.

Tales from the depth with Nessie!

Greetings, dear land-dwellers and curious souls alike. I am Nessie, the enigmatic denizen of the deep. I welcome you to embark on a journey through the mysterious waters of Loch Ness. You may have heard whispers of my existence, legends spun from sightings and conjecture, but today, I shall unravel the secrets of this ancient loch from my unique perspective.

Deep dark water

Firstly, let us delve into the depths of Loch Ness, a watery realm shrouded in myth and fascination. Ah, the depth! It is a subject of much debate among humans, but fear not, for I shall reveal the truth. Loch Ness plunges to a staggering depth of 230 meters (754 feet) at its deepest point, making it the second deepest loch in Scotland after Loch Morar which is 310 meters deep (1017 feet). Such profound depths conceal myriad wonders and mysteries, inviting the intrepid and the curious to explore its hidden recesses.

Now, as the foremost expert on Loch Ness, allow me to tell you that the waters of Loch Ness are indeed murky and shrouded in darkness. Oh yes, my dear friends, they are as mysterious as the legends suggest, with visibility often limited to just a few inches. Picture yourself gliding through these shadowy depths, where sunlight struggles to penetrate, and every movement is veiled in an eerie obscurity. It’s mostly pitch black.

Long but narrow with loads of hiding places

But what of its dimensions, you ask? Loch Ness stretches approximately 23 miles (37 km) in length and boasts a width of around 0.93 miles  (1.5 km) at its broadest point. These expansive waters provide ample space for me to roam and for seekers of truth to explore. Ah, but do not be fooled by its tranquil surface, for Loch Ness conceals a labyrinth of underwater caves and crevices, a testament to its geological history and allure.

The North west side used to be part of North America!

Loch Ness is nestled within the Scottish Highlands, holds more than just aquatic mysteries; it is a geological marvel in its own right. Running right through Scotland, the Great Glen Fault Line traverses the length of the country, with Loch Ness situated squarely upon it. This fault line, formed millions of years ago during the tumultuous shifting of tectonic plates, continues to shape the landscape to this day. It’s fascinating to note that the rocks on the northwest side of Loch Ness bear a striking resemblance to those found in parts of Canada and North America.

This is because millions of years ago Scotland was part of North america and canada. Scotland broke away and drifted and brought the North Ameriacn rocks with it when the Atlantic ocean was forming. This connection serves as a testament to the ancient ties between continents, hinting at a shared geological history spanning millions of years. As the waters of Loch Ness quietly lap against its rocky shores, they carry whispers of a distant past, where continents collided and landscapes were forever altered.

Wild life surrounds the Loch

Now, let us turn our attention to the flora and fauna that call Loch Ness home. From the surface, the loch may appear serene, but beneath lies a thriving ecosystem teeming with life. Pike, perch, and trout dart among the reeds, while otters frolic along the shoreline. Birdsong fills the air as herons and ospreys grace the skies above. And yes, there are rumours of a certain elusive creature lurking in the depths. I shall leave you to draw your own conclusions on that matter.

A phenomenal amount of water

Did you know that Loch Ness has more water in it than all of the lakes in England and wales combined, this is a lot of water for me swim through and due to it being so dark I can keep hidden when I want to!

Settlements on the banks

Ah, but what of the human presence around Loch Ness? Indeed, humans have long been drawn to the mystique of this ancient loch, leaving their mark upon its shores through centuries of habitation and exploration. From the ruins of Urquhart Castle to the quaint villages that dot its perimeter, Loch Ness bears witness to the passage of time and the enduring spirit of those who dwell within its embrace.

Am I real? Of course I am writing this blog!

Now, let us address the age-old question: Is there truly a monster lurking in the depths of Loch Ness? As the resident expert, I must confess that the truth is far more nuanced than mere legend would suggest. While sightings and anecdotes abound, concrete evidence remains elusive. Nonetheless, the allure of the unknown persists, drawing adventurers and skeptics alike to seek out the truth for themselves.

In conclusion, dear readers, Loch Ness is a place of wonder and mystery, a testament to the enduring power of nature and the human imagination. Whether you come in search of adventure or enlightenment, know that the depths of Loch Ness hold secrets beyond imagining, waiting to be discovered by those bold enough to venture into its embrace.

Spot me if you can

And as for me, Nessie, I shall continue to roam these waters, a silent sentinel of the deep, watching and waiting as the tides of time ebb and flow. Until we meet again, may the mysteries of Loch Ness forever captivate your hearts and minds. Farewell, dear friends, until our paths cross once more.

Come on tour and see me, mabye! I’m very good at hiding.

Be sure to check out Craicin Tours Loch Ness, GlenCoe and the Highlands tour. Where you may catch a glimpse of me when you are at Urquhart Castle or Fort Augustus. You may not see me but I WILL see you!

Yours in curiosity,

Nessie.

Glasgow city centre, Stobcross crane and the squinty bridge

Glasgow Unveiled: Stories of Betrayal, Tales of Excellence

Glasgow: A Cultural Odyssey through Art, Music, and Festivals

Nestled on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow beckons visitors not only with its historic tales but also with a vibrant cultural tapestry that unfolds in the city’s art, music, and lively festivals. Beyond the stone facades of ancient buildings, Glasgow pulsates with a dynamic energy that draws inspiration from its rich heritage and forward-looking spirit.

Squinty bridge In Glasgow at night lit up
The Clyde Arc connects Govan road to the city centre, Glasgow.

 

Glasgow is a city that knows how to celebrate, and its calendar is punctuated with a myriad of festivals that cater to every taste. The Celtic Connections festival in January transforms the city into a haven for folk and traditional music, while the Glasgow Film Festival in February attracts cinephiles from around the globe.

The summer months see the streets alive with the pulsating rhythms of the West End Festival, celebrating the city’s diverse communities. Meanwhile, the Merchant City Festival brings together art, music, and street performances, turning the historic heart of Glasgow into a vibrant carnival. The winter season is ushered in with the Glasgow Christmas Markets and the iconic George Square lights, creating a festive atmosphere that warms even the coldest of Scottish nights.

Glasgow’s Art Scene: A Canvas of Creativity

Glasgow has earned its reputation as a cultural hub, and its art scene is nothing short of spectacular. From the renowned Glasgow School of Art, which produced trailblazers like Charles Rennie Mackintosh, to the plethora of contemporary galleries that dot the city, Glasgow is a haven for art enthusiasts.

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, with its imposing red sandstone facade, stands as a beacon of cultural exploration. Inside, it houses an eclectic collection of art and artifacts that span centuries and continents. The museum not only showcases classical masterpieces but also embraces contemporary art, reflecting Glasgow’s commitment to evolving artistic expressions. We also have the riverside museum right on the banks of the clyde which is not to be missed, there are a selection of old Steam engines and trams along with modern train cab and lots of cars from the 1900s up to the 2000s. Ewan Mcgregor and Charlie Boorman’s BMW R1200GS’s are also in the Riverside museum, it is the actual bikes that were on the shows, Long way down and Long way round, If you like bikes and/or the show you will be very impressed seeing them in person.

Kelvingrove art gallery
Exterior of the Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery

 

The city’s street art is another testament to its creative spirit. Graffiti murals adorn the walls of the famous Merchant City area in Glasgow, transforming the urban landscape into an ever-changing gallery. Each stroke of paint tells a story, contributing to Glasgow’s reputation as one of the world’s leading cities for street art. Did you Know you can go onto citycentremuraltrail.co.uk and get a map and do the mural trail walk and see these magnificent art pieces with your own eyes, they are nothing short of spectacular. They are Craicin pieces of street art.

Billy Connolly Mural
Billy Connolly designed by John Byrne and painted by Rogue One. One of there murals commissioned to mark the 75th birthday of the much-loved Glaswegian comedian. Part of the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail.

 

 

The Clyde’s Industrial Shipbuilding Legacy

The River Clyde, once the lifeblood of Glasgow’s industrial prowess, witnessed the birth of countless ships that sailed across the globe. The shipyards along the Clyde estuary became synonymous with innovation, craftsmanship, and the sheer determination of a city forging its destiny through steel and rivets.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Glasgow’s shipyards were at the forefront of global shipbuilding. The Clyde was the birthplace of some of the most iconic vessels, including the majestic ocean liners like the RMS Queen Mary and the RMS Queen Elizabeth. These ships weren’t merely utilitarian vessels; they were floating symbols of Glasgow’s industrial might and craftsmanship.

The shipyards provided employment to generations of Glaswegians including one of Scotland’s most iconic comedians, Billy Connolly, he worked on the clyde as a welder as soon as he left school at the age of sixteen years old and he described it as being quite a scary experience at first until he got used to being there for a wee while. The Clydebank area, in particular, became a hub of shipbuilding activity, with famous shipyards like John Brown & Company and the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company leaving an indelible mark on the city’s skyline.

The Rise and Evolution of Clydebuilt Ships

The term “Clydebuilt” became synonymous with quality and durability. The ships constructed on the Clyde were known for their innovative design and engineering excellence. From cargo vessels to naval warships, Glasgow’s shipyards catered to diverse maritime needs, establishing a global reputation for Clydebuilt ships.

One of the most notable chapters in Glasgow’s shipbuilding history was its contribution to both World Wars. The Clyde played a vital role in producing warships, including battleships and submarines, contributing significantly to the Allied war effort. The Clyde’s shipyards became a symbol of resilience and determination during these challenging times.

Robroyston: A Nod to Scottish Legend

One of Glasgow’s suburbs, Robroyston, carries a name that resonates with Scottish legend. Named after the famed Rob Roy McGregor, a folk hero and outlaw of the 18th century, the area holds echoes of his adventurous spirit. Rob Roy’s exploits are the stuff of legends, and the mention of his name adds a touch of romance to the city’s outskirts.

Interestingly, it was in Robroyston that the Scottish nobleman John Menteith betrayed another iconic figure in Scottish history, William Wallace. Known for leading a resistance against English rule during the Scottish Wars of Independence, Wallace faced betrayal from within his own ranks. Menteith, a once-loyal companion, played a pivotal role in the capture of Wallace, marking a dark chapter in Scottish history. This is the very reason why there is only one lake in all of Scotland, The lake of Menteith, because of what he did to Wallace this lake is undeserving of the name Loch.

Saint Mungo’s Cathedral: Glasgow’s Architectural Beacon

As one navigates through Glasgow’s city center, Saint Mungo’s Cathedral stands as a testament to the city’s enduring past. Built in the 12th century, it is the oldest building in Glasgow and a jewel in the crown of Scottish medieval architecture. Also known as Glasgow Cathedral, this imposing structure has weathered the centuries, witnessing the ebb and flow of history.

Saint Mungo’s Cathedral is not merely a physical structure but a living relic of Glasgow’s religious and cultural heritage. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow, whose miracles and deeds are woven into the city’s folklore. The stunning architecture, including the intricate stained glass windows and the crypt below, invites visitors to step back in time and marvel at the craftsmanship of a bygone era.

Our very own Robert the Bruce, Scotland’s greatest king, went to Saint Mungo’s cathedral after killing John Comyn in Greyfriers kirk in Dumfries, Comyn was Bruce’s only real threat against him claiming the Scottish throne, the Bruce family and the Comyn family never got on. Back in these days everything was very much done through the church so Bruce had to hurry if he wants to be King of Scots because if the pope found out what happened in the Greyfriers Kirk it very probably would have been all over for Bruce. He meets Bishop Robert Wishart in Saint Mungo’s Cathedral who grants Bruce absolution and provides the robes that Bruce will be crowned in at Scone. The clergy began to rally around Bruce and accompany him to Scone where he was crowned as Robert 1 by Bishop William de Lamberton.

Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral. Thought to have been built on the site of St Kentigern’s tomb and marks the birthplace of the city of Glasgow.

Glasgow’s Population and Diversity: People Make Glasgow

Beyond its historical significance, Glasgow is a dynamic and diverse city shaped by its people. The population of Glasgow has evolved over the centuries, with waves of immigration contributing to its cosmopolitan character. Today, Glaswegians proudly reflect the city’s inclusive spirit, fostering a sense of community and shared identity.

From the industrial revolution to the present day, Glasgow has been a melting pot of cultures, attracting individuals from various corners of the globe. The result is a city that embraces diversity, evident in its culinary scene, cultural festivals, and the warm hospitality of its residents. As you stroll through the bustling streets, the blend of old-world charm and modern vibrancy becomes palpable.

Glasgow
The Lighthouse – A view of the Glasgow skyline from The Lighthouse. Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture.

Conclusion: Glasgow’s Timeless Allure

In conclusion, Glasgow stands as a city that seamlessly blends the echoes of its past with the vibrant pulse of its present. From the legends of Rob Roy McGregor, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce to the architectural splendor of Saint Mungo’s Cathedral, Glasgow’s history is etched in every cobblestone and corner. The city’s population, diverse and welcoming, reflects a modern metropolis proud of its heritage.

Glasgow’s journey from an industrial heartland to a cultural beacon is a testament to its enduring spirit. As you explore the city, whether in the shadow of historic landmarks or amidst the contemporary buzz of its streets, Glasgow invites you to immerse yourself in a captivating narrative that spans centuries. It is a city that continues to evolve, leaving an indelible mark on those who have the privilege of traversing its storied landscape.

Stirling bridge

The Battle of Stirling bridge

Our “Scottish wars of independence tour” will teach you:

A Tale of Valor, Strategy, and Scotland’s Fight for Freedom*

Introduction

In the annals of Scottish history, there’s a page that shines brighter than the rest—a page marked by courage, cunning, and an unwavering determination to cast off the shackles of oppression. This page tells the story of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, a pivotal moment that unfolded 726 years ago to the day and forever altered the course of Scotland’s destiny.

Chapter 1: The Stage is Set

The year was 1297, a time when the winds of rebellion were stirring in the hearts of the Scots. England’s King Edward I, also known as “Longshanks” for his towering stature, sought to tighten his grip on Scotland after having invaded the previous year, earning him a far more sinister moniker among the Scots—the “Hammer of the Scots.” His tactical brilliance in medieval warfare had crushed Scottish resistance on multiple occasions, but this time, he would face a formidable challenge.

On one side stood William Wallace, Scotland’s national hero, a man whose very name would become synonymous with valor. Alongside him was Andrew de Moray, a steadfast ally in the fight for freedom. Together, they led a resolute Scottish force against the English juggernaut.

Chapter 2: A Masterstroke of Strategy

What set the Battle of Stirling Bridge apart was not just the bravery of its leaders but the brilliance of their strategy. In choosing the narrow bridge over the River Forth as their battlefield, they created a bottleneck—a chokepoint that would limit the English army’s ability to bring their overwhelming numbers to bear.

As English troops advanced, they were met with a sight that struck terror into their hearts. The Scots had positioned themselves masterfully. Only two to three men could pass shoulder to shoulder, and cavalry found it nearly impossible to traverse the bridge. The Scottish strategy was clear: divide and conquer.

Chapter 3: The Fury Unleashed

As the English soldiers advanced further onto the bridge, they were walking into a trap of their own making. At the precise moment when just enough of them had crossed the point of no return, the Scots unleashed a devastating onslaught.

Spears and swords glinted in the Scottish sun as they rained down upon the hapless English. The narrow confines of the bridge turned into a death trap, where the English soldiers, packed tightly together, had nowhere to go but into the river where there would be many that drowned before them due to carrying the weight of the armour. It was a brutal melee, a clash of desperate men on both sides, with courage and fear warring in their eyes.

Chapter 4: Victory and Inspiration

The result was nothing short of a resounding victory for the Scots. The English army, paralyzed by the bottleneck, suffered heavy casualties. Longshanks’ tactical genius had met its match in the form of Scottish determination and love for their homeland.

The Battle of Stirling Bridge was more than just a triumph on the battlefield; it was the spark that ignited the flames of Scottish independence. It inspired the Scottish people to continue their fight for freedom. In 1314, Robert the Bruce’s army would go on to win the Battle of Bannockburn, further solidifying Scotland’s resolve. This chain of events culminated in the historic Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, a document that asserted Scotland’s right to self-determination. This document still survives to this very day.

Chapter 5: Legacy Lives On

Today, as we commemorate the 726th anniversary of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, let us remember and celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought for Scotland’s freedom. Their legacy lives on in the spirit of a proud nation, a nation that refused to yield to oppression and tyranny.

As you stand by the picturesque Stirling Bridge, with its serene waters flowing beneath, let your mind drift back in time. The stone bridge there today stands next to where the wooden bridge in which the battle took place. Imagine the clash of steel, the cries of men, and the unyielding spirit of those who fought here. Memories of Scotland’s national hero lives on through the brilliant Wallace monument which over looks the river, bridge and even the Stirling castle. It sits up on what is known as the Abbey Crag or Abbey Craig. This is where the Scots army set up camp the night before the fateful battle so that they could see the English advancing towards the “Heart of Scotland” and making sure they wouldn’t be taken by surprise.

Conclusion

The Battle of Stirling Bridge stands as a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the lengths people will go to secure their freedom. It was a battle that raged not only on the field but in the hearts of those who fought. Today, we salute the memory of William Wallace, Andrew de Moray, and all those who laid down their lives for Scotland. Their legacy continues to inspire us all, reminding us that even in the face of adversity, bravery and determination can change the course of history.

Remembering the brave Scot’s who risked their lives for they’re country, Always!

Explore our Scottish Wars of Independence Tour to delve deeper into this incredible chapter of Scotland’s past.

Glen Coe, Scottish highlands, Buachaille Etive Mor mountain.

Glen Coe Massacre 13th Feb 1692

Glen Coe Massacre 13th Feb 1692

Glen Coe, Scottish highlands, Buachaille Etive Mor mountain.

The MacDonalds and the Campbells 

The two Highland clans at the centre of the Glencoe Massacre had a history of feuding. Their lineages are interwoven, with both clans having long histories linked to Robert the Bruce and the fight for independence. As they each grew more powerful, they wrestled for dominance and titles, often raiding each other’s land when the opportunity arose, stealing cattle. They both also had opposing political views, with the MacDonalds supporting the deposed King James. 

And although it’s the Campbells who are most associated with the massacre of the MacDonalds, it was less an issue of clan rivalry than it was a plot by the government to bring Highland clans into line behind King William. 

The Oath of Allegiance 

Despite the first Jacobite risings mostly resulting in defeat for the Highlanders, William III wanted to pacify any clans sworn to James and his claim to the throne, including the Glencoe MacDonalds. William demanded that all the clans sign an oath of allegiance to him, initially with the promise of giving them money and land. 

Any clan signing the oath before 1 January 1692 would be pardoned, while anyone who refused would be punished as traitors.  

One of the problems for the clans was that they were already felt bound by an oath to James, and he only gave his consent to this request from William in mid-December. News only reached the MacDonalds on 28 December: they had three days to meet the deadline. The chief of the Glencoe MacDonalds, Maclain, set out to Fort William, but there was no-one there who could take his oath, and he had to go to Inveraray, 60 miles away. He arrived late, but was eventually allowed to take the oath on 6 January – he believed it had been accepted and his clan was safe. But the decision to make an example of them had already been made. Glencoe’s fate was sealed. It’s known that Lord Dalrymple and others in the government disliked the Highlanders, and the MacDonalds in particular, so some might argue that this was their intention all along. 

The Massacre 

Two companies totalling around 120 men, from the Earl of Argyll’s regiment, but led by Captain Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, arrived in Glencoe in late January. They were ‘quartered’ by the MacDonalds, meaning they were given bed and board, for almost two weeks. Although hospitality like this was traditional in the Highlands, in reality the villagers had little choice.  

Then, on the evening of 12 February 1692, Glenlyon and the other officers received orders to destroy the MacDonald clan: 

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“‘You are hereby ordered to fall upon the Rebells, the McDonalds of Glenco, and putt all to the sword under Seventy.’” 

At 5am the following morning, Glenlyon’s men were given the signal and attacked.  

The first man killed was Maclain, before the attackers went up and down the glen killing anyone under the age of 70, including women and children. It seems likely that some of the soldiers alerted the families, giving some of them a chance to escape.  

However, 38 men, women and children were killed in the attack, and many more died of exposure, evading the onslaught, but succumbing to the harsh weather/freezing winter conditions in the mountains. 

The Aftermath 

When news of the massacre eventually reached the wider public, having first been published in France, a Scottish Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry determined that the killings were ‘murder under trust’. At the time, when hospitality was a cornerstone of the Highlanders’ way of life, this was a shocking and terrible crime. 

The Glencoe Massacre did damage William III’s reputation, although he was absolved of any wrongdoing. But many of the instigators of the crime, like Lord Dalrymple, avoided any real repercussions. Much of the blame was laid at the feet of Clan Campbell, when in fact only a dozen or so Campbells were involved.

Stirling bridge

The Battle of Stirling bridge

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Travel Tips for Scotland – How You Can Save Money and See the Breathtaking Views

Travel Tips for Scotland - How You Can Save Money and See the Breathtaking Views

There are few places in the world that can compare to the rugged beauty of Scotland. Its natural setting is beyond words and its historical sites are plentiful. The best part about visiting this country is that it’s not as expensive as you might think. There are so many ways to save money when traveling in Scotland, especially if you know where to look. With costs for accommodations, transportation, food, and activities adding up quickly on a vacation, it’s important to keep your expenses low when planning a trip. It’s also helpful to research the area before you go so that you know what to expect and what things cost beforehand. This article will give you tips on how you can save money while visiting this beautiful country without breaking the bank.

Travel By Train

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to get around the country, then consider traveling by train. There are many affordable options that take you from one end of the country to the other. Trains have several different classes, so you can choose your level of comfort depending on the price. If you’re planning to visit a lot of places while you’re in Scotland, it may be worth it to get a rail pass. A rail pass is a ticket that allows you to travel as much as you want within a set period of time. Depending on the pass you choose, you may be able to visit as many places as you want without having to pay for each trip individually. There are many different rail passes to choose from, so be sure to do some research before you book your trip to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Hostels and Guesthouses

If you’re looking to save some cash on accommodations during your stay in Scotland, consider staying at a hostel or guesthouse. Hostels are a great option for solo travelers because they’re often less expensive than hotels and they allow you to meet people from around the globe. If you’re traveling with a group, you can find hostels that have multiple bedrooms and bathroom facilities. Hostels come in all different types of prices depending on where you book. If you decide to stay at a hostel, research the prices of different places before making a final decision. Make sure to check the reviews of a hostel before booking to see what other travelers have to say about it.

Eat Street Food

One way to save money while traveling is to eat street food. There are many different types of street food to choose from in Scotland, including fish and chips, scones, and haggis. Street food in Scotland is served in small portions that are easy to eat on the go, making it a great option for saving money. You can find street food all over the country at affordable prices, making it one of the best ways to save money during your trip. There are a few things to keep in mind when eating street food in Scotland. First, make sure that the food is cooked properly. Also, avoid food that’s been sitting out too long, as it might not be safe to eat. Before eating any food, make sure to ask the vendor what’s in it and how it’s prepared.

Visit in the Off-Season

If you want to save money while visiting Scotland, then consider visiting during the off-season. The peak season for travel in Scotland is during the summer months. Summers in Scotland tend to be rainy, which results in higher hotel rates. Depending on where you want to visit in Scotland, you might be able to save a lot of money by visiting in the off-season. You may find that many attractions are less crowded during this time, making it easier to view the sights and less stressful than visiting during the peak season. It’s important to remember that off-season may vary depending on where you plan to visit. For instance, winter tourism is more popular in the north because it’s the coldest season in that part of the country. Again, doing some research before you go will help you save money on your trip.

See the Views for Free

If you want to save money while visiting Scotland, then consider visiting attractions that offer free views. There are plenty of places in Scotland where you can get an amazing view without having to pay a cent. Some of the best places to get free views include castles, waterfalls, beaches, and hills. Castles are some of the best places to get a great view without having to pay a fee. You can find a castle in almost every city in Scotland. Waterfall walks are another great way to get a free view. Many towns in Scotland have a waterfall nearby, so it’s worth it to do some research and find one that’s close to your hotel.


Scotland is a beautiful country with so much to offer. The best part about visiting this place is that it doesn’t cost a lot of money to do so. There are many ways to save money when traveling to Scotland, whether you’re visiting in the summer or in the off-season, eating street food, or seeing the views for free. With proper planning and a few helpful tips, you can save a lot of money while visiting this breathtaking place. Now that you know how to save money while visiting Scotland, you can start planning your trip.

Stirling bridge

The Battle of Stirling bridge

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The Quirky Museums in Scotland You Need to Visit

The Quirky Museums in Scotland You Need to Visit

Do you find the idea of visiting a museum boring? Or do you love learning about new cultures, history, and traditions? Luckily, there are quirky museums in Scotland that offer something a little different. If you’re looking for an alternative to more traditional museums, check out these quirky options instead. These lesser-known institutions take visitors on an entertaining journey through the world of puns, puzzles, peculiarities, and peculiar people. If you’re planning your next trip to Scotland soon, why not add one of these weird and wacky museums to your itinerary? You won’t be disappointed!

The Rocking-Horse Museum

The Rocking-Horse Museum is a fascinating place to visit for adults and kids alike. Housed in Scotland’s oldest building, it is home to more than 2,000 rocking horses and related toys and memorabilia. The collection was begun by the museum’s founder, James Gaugain, who opened the museum in 1982. It is the oldest rocking-horse collection in the world and attracts visitors from across the globe. The museum also offers an unusual gift shop, which has everything from rocking horses to rocking-horse clocks! If you’re looking for a unique and unusual place to visit while you’re in Scotland, this is an excellent choice. Visitors to the museum can enjoy a delightful selection of rocking horses, dating from the 18th century right up to modern pieces. The items include rocking horses made by carpenters, craftsmen, and even shipwrights, as well as rocking lions, camels, and giraffes.

 

The Doll’s House Museum

If you’re interested in seeing one of the world’s largest doll’s houses, then you should visit the Doll’s House Museum in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. The building housing the museum was built between 1901 and 1904, and the doll’s house within it dates from around 1890. The building itself is impressive, and the dolls’ house inside it is the largest example of its kind in the world. There are numerous rooms within the house, all of which have been decorated in period fashion. The museum has been a visitor attraction since opening its doors in 1965. The museum is a fascinating place to visit, and it is particularly popular with families. The doll’s house is enormous, and children love exploring every corner of it. The dolls’ house is a Victorian example, and it is a work of art in its own right. Visitors can see different rooms within the house, including the kitchen, dining room, and a schoolroom. There’s even a garden with a wishing well!

 

The Scotch Whisky Experience

The Scotch Whisky Experience is one of the quirkiest museums in Scotland, and it tells the story of scotch whisky. Located in a former distillery, the museum first opened in 1999. It has been visited by more than 2 million people since, making it one of the most popular attractions in the country. Visitors to the museum can explore the history of scotch whisky and see how it is made. You can even try your hand at some scotch whisky tasting! The museum is spread out over several floors, giving you plenty to explore. There are plenty of interactive exhibits, and you can even climb to the top of the old distillery’s chimney!

 

The Scottish Football Museum

The Scottish Football Museum is located in the heart of Glasgow, and it is one of the city’s most popular museums. The museum has been welcoming curious visitors since 1994, when it opened in its present location in the city’s Central Library. Visitors can explore the history of Scottish football, including the stories of some of the game’s greats, such as Tommy Burns, the first Scottish player to play in the Italian Scottish football league. The museum also explores the role of football in Scottish culture and society. There is something for everyone at the Scottish Football Museum, and you are sure to find an exhibit that interests you. If you are a football fan, this is an excellent place to visit while you’re in Scotland. The museum tells the story of Scottish football, including the game’s development and the role it has played in Scottish society. The museum also explores the development of the Scottish Football Association, which is the oldest football association in the world.

 

The Edinburgh Tattoo

The Edinburgh Tattoo is Scotland’s most famous military tattoo, and it has been taking place every year since 1950. The tattoo is a military music and dance performance that takes place over a fortnight, and there are usually more than 100,000 people attending each year. The tattoo takes place at the Edinburgh Castle, which is one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks. Visitors can watch the performance from the castle’s esplanade as well as from the Tattoo’s grandstand, which can accommodate up to 5,500 people. The tattoo is a spectacular event, and it is a wonderful way to celebrate Scotland’s military history. The tattoo is a truly unique event, and one of the quirkiest museums in Scotland. It is also the perfect way to end your trip to Scotland.

 

 

These quirky museums in Scotland are a fun way to learn about the country’s rich culture and history. Whether you’re visiting with your family or traveling with friends, these museums are sure to entertain. They offer an exciting break from more traditional museums, and they are excellent places to make memories you will never forget!

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Scottish Events To Look Forward To In December

Scottish Events To Look Forward To In December

Scottish culture and traditions thrive throughout the year, with numerous events held throughout the summer months to keep the cultural spirit alive. However, nothing beats the excitement of the festive season in Scotland. From distributing presents on Christmas Eve to sampling merry menu specials during New Year’s, there are plenty of opportunities to embrace this magical time of year. Whatever your plans are for December, it’s worth making a point of attending one of these brilliant Scottish events. A mixture of unique activities and traditional celebrations are set to take place across the country from Argyll to Dundee and beyond. There’s something for everyone; take a look at our list below for more information:

Food & Drink Festivals

There are a number of food and drink festivals taking place over December. If you’re a fan of high tea, you might want to head to The Crompton, a boutique hotel in Edinburgh. Every Sunday in December, they’re hosting Afternoon Tea at the Crompton. Or if you’re planning on visiting Glasgow, you can head to The Mackintosh Church Café and experience their Advent Calendar. This features a different themed tea every day. If you’re a whisky and gin lover, you’re in luck. The first ever Edinburgh Gin Festival will take place in December with a variety of events including tastings, gin-tastic cocktails, and workshops. And the 10th annual Whisky Festival Scotland will be taking place at the end of the month.

Music Festivals

There are three music festivals taking place across Scotland this December. The first is the RockNess Festival, which is set to take place between 29th December and 1st January in Inverness, Highland. This is a three-day festival that attracts around 30,000 people each year. The line-up features the likes of Clean Bandit, Rudimental, and The Wombats. The next is the SWN Festival, which takes place in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. This event is a two-day festival that attracts around 6,000 people. The line-up for this event is yet to be announced. The last is the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, which is a four-day event taking place in Beauly, Inverness-shire. It attracts around 25,000 people every year and features the likes of The Proclaimers and Ash.

Theatre & Arts Festivals

If you’re a theatre or arts fan, you’re in luck. There are a number of fascinating theatre and arts festivals taking place in December. The first is the Edinburgh International Festival, which is a 17-day world-class arts event. It takes place between 29th August and 14th September in Edinburgh. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is another exciting arts event taking place between 2nd August and 26th August. The world’s largest arts festival takes place at various venues across the city and features an array of performances. The last is the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, which takes place between 14th and 27th August. It features a variety of stand-up acts, cabaret performances, and sketch shows and attracts around 200,000 visitors every year.

Sports Events

There are a number of sports events taking place in Scotland in December. The first is the Scottish Open, which is a professional golf tournament being held between 13th and 18th December at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire. The last is the Scottish Open Squash, which is a professional squash tournament taking place between 13th and 17th December at the Aberdeen Squash Centre in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire. The third is the Scottish Open Curling, which is a professional curling tournament taking place between 13th and 17th December at the Braehead Curling Club in Glasgow, Glasgow. The last is the Scottish Open Badminton, which is a professional badminton tournament taking place between 13th and 17th December at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Glasgow.

Christmas Activities

If you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit, there are plenty of activities taking place across Scotland over December. You can experience the Christmas Wonders of the Urquhart Castle, which is a spectacular light show that takes place between 1st November and 31st January at the Urquhart Castle in Inverness, Highland. You can also visit the Christmas at Drum Castle in Perth, Perthshire, which is a spectacular event featuring a light show, Santa’s grotto, festive food, and live entertainment. You can also visit the Christmas at Crathes, which is a fantastic event featuring a festive light show, Christmas shop, festive food, and live entertainment.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

New Year’s Eve is a night to remember, and celebrations in Scotland are sure to be unforgettable. The first is the New Year’s at the Old Inn in Inverness, which is a fantastic event featuring a fireworks display, live music, a champagne toast, and a host of great activities. The next is the New Year’s at the House at Cromlix in Dunmore, which is a spectacular event featuring a champagne toast, live music, a four-course meal, and a midnight fireworks display. You can also visit the New Year’s Celebrations at the Bothwell Castle, which is a magical event featuring a champagne toast, live music, a four-course meal, and a midnight fireworks display.

Other Exciting Events To Look Out For

Hogmanay: Scotland’s biggest New Year celebration takes place in Edinburgh. This event has a long history, dating back to at least the 19th century. It takes place between 29th December and 1st January and attracts around 500,000 people every year. – Burns Night: Scotland’s national day takes place on 25th January. It commemorates the birthday of national poet Robert Burns, who was born in 1759. Celebrations often involve eating haggis, drinking whisky, and reciting Burns’ poetry. – Royal Highland Show: The Royal Highland Show is a three-day agricultural event that takes place between 27th July and 29th July in Ingliston, Edinburgh. The event attracts around 250,000 visitors every year and features everything from livestock competitions to food and drink tastings.

 

There are plenty of events taking place in Scotland this December. Whether you’re a theatre or arts fan, sports lover, food lover, or someone who just loves a good party, there are plenty of events to enjoy. From the Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh to the Royal Highland Show in Ingliston, there are many exciting events taking place in Scotland this December.

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6 Stunning Places to Watch a Scottish Sunrise

6 Stunning Places to Watch a Scottish Sunrise

The Scottish climate may not always be the most accommodating when it comes to viewing a sunrise. However, there are still some stunning places in Scotland that are ideal locations to catch the first rays of light breaking over the horizon. An optimist may view less-than-ideal conditions as a challenge and an opportunity to see how resourceful they can be; and so we set about exploring various spots around Scotland to find potential places for watching a sunrise. Here are 6 stunning places to watch a Scottish sunrise:

Edinburgh: Calton Hill

This is one of the city’s most popular landmarks, and it offers a panoramic view of the city. The hill is home to the National Monument of Scotland, which is a tower commemorating the Scottish soldiers who died in the First World War. The Observatory at the top of the tower is open to the public every day. At sunrise, the tower will be on your left and the iconic Edinburgh Castle will be on your right. You can also enjoy one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Edinburgh Castle, which is situated on the Castle Rock. The castle is open all year round, and you can enjoy panoramic views of the city through the windows of the Crown Tower.

Glasgow: Kelvingrove Park

This is the park that offers views of the famous Glasgow skyline. It has a pavilion that offers views of the city’s silhouette, with the park’s many trees providing a colourful backdrop as the sun rises. The park’s temperature is usually warmer than the city, so you may want to bring a coat as well. It’s also a good idea to bring a packed lunch since there isn’t a cafe inside the park. When you’re there, keep an eye out for the Kelvingrove Bandstand, which was built in the 1890s.

Trossachs: Loch Lomond Shores

This is a popular place to come and watch the sunrise, and you have the added bonus of the chance to spot some wildlife. You may see ospreys, herons, and otters, among other species. You can enjoy the view from the pier, but if you want to get a good view, you should bring a pair of binoculars. If you want to enjoy the view without freezing, you should bring a warm jacket, although you may still want to wear gloves. There are a number of cafes nearby, so you can enjoy a hot drink or a snack after watching the sunrise.

Highlands: Glen Coe

This area is one of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes. You can enjoy views of the mountains, lochs, and forests. There are plenty of places to park your car, so you can choose the spot that gives you the best view. And if you want to bring a camera, you should bring a tripod. If you want to enjoy the sunrise with a friend, it’s also a good idea to bring a pair of binoculars. After watching the sunrise, you can enjoy a walk around the glen, where you can see the famous rocky landscape.

Isle of Skye: Port Mistiness and The Fairy Pools

This is a magical place that can be enjoyed by all ages. You can walk through the forest, and if you’re lucky, you may even see a few fairies along the way. If you’re planning to bring a camera, you should bring a tripod because the landscape will benefit from being captured in long-exposure photographs. If you want to get a good view, you should arrive at the location at least 45 minutes before the sunrise. And if you want to pick up a souvenir of your trip, you should visit the nearby gift shop where you can find Fairy Floss and other souvenirs.

St Andrews: Craigend and Sands Hotel

This city is renowned for its links to the golfing world, but it also offers stunning views of the Fife coast. You can watch the sunrise from the top of St Andrew’s Cathedral, where you can enjoy views of the Firth of Forth and the surrounding countryside. This is a popular place to watch the sunrise, so you should arrive early to ensure you get a good view. After watching the sunrise, you can visit the nearby Townhouse Museum or the St Andrews Museum where you can learn about the city’s history. You can also visit the nearby Sands Hotel where you can enjoy afternoon tea.

 

Scotland is a beautiful country that has a lot to offer any visitor. When you visit, you may want to see its stunning natural landscapes, or you may want to get a taste of its rich cultural heritage. Regardless of what you want from your visit, Scotland has something for everyone. If you want to enjoy some stunning scenery, or you want to learn more about the country’s history, then the places mentioned above are perfect for you.ds

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Discover 7 Unwinding Ideas to Enjoy During a Quick Get-away in Scotland

Discover 7 Unwinding Ideas to Enjoy During a Quick Get-away in Scotland

Time to take a breather, unplug, and step away from the stressors of everyday life. You need an escape to restore your energy and get back to your happy self again! There’s no better place than Scotland, home to some of the most scenic landscapes in the world. You can find plenty of lesser known spots which are perfect for hiking or just getting away from it all. After all, there is nothing like an afternoon spent by a lake with nothing but nature around you and fresh air in your lungs. So keep reading our blog post to discover 7 unwinding ideas to enjoy during a quick get-away in Scotland.

Hike the Cairngorms

The Cairngorms National Park is the perfect place to escape from it all. It is home to some of the most scenic landscapes in the country. You can find plenty of lesser known spots which are perfect for hiking or just getting away from it all. The wilderness is a special place to get some zen. Here you can try hiking to the Lochnagar Crater, the UK’s largest natural explosion crater. Here you can find a peaceful oasis and breathe in some fresh air. You can also hike to the Spionic Brae, a surreal landscape that will make you feel like you’re walking on the moon. After an afternoon spent hiking in the mountains, you’ll find that your mind and spirit are refreshed.

Discover the Lochs

Travel to the Highlands and discover its lochs. Here you can find some of the most beautiful spots in Scotland. This unique landscape is home to some of the most famous lakes in the world. There are countless lakes in the Highlands, so you can choose the one that best suits your style. Whether you want to go on a day trip or stay in a nearby cottage, you can find the perfect loch to unwind. The best thing about lakes is that they are great places to just relax. Take a book or your journal to write down some thoughts. You can also take your camera and snap some pictures to remember your trip. You can also just take a nap in the sun, so make sure to pack your sun hat. You can also make this trip with your family or friends. You can make a day trip out of it or stay nearby in a nearby Airbnb.

Stargaze at Dark Sky Reserves

If you’re a fan of the night sky, then you’ll want to visit the Dark Sky Reserves in Scotland. This is the perfect place to go if you want to stargaze. You can also find Astronomy Clubs in the area that host regular stargazing events. Visit the nearby observatory with a group of astronomy enthusiasts who will share their knowledge about the stars with you. You can also visit the nearby Royal Observatory in Edinburgh and learn about the importance of astronomy in history. The best time to visit these areas is during the winter months when the skies are clear. You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to see the stars in all their glory.

Go rock climbing

If you are the adventurous type, then you will love the feeling of rock climbing. It is a great way to get in touch with your body and feel the rush of adrenaline. You can either go indoor or outdoor. Rock climbing is a fun activity to do with friends, or you can go on a date with your significant other. You can also go on a group outing or even take your children along. The best thing about rock climbing is that it’s suitable for all ages. You can find a climbing wall near your accommodation. Whether you are alone or with a group of friends, you will find climbing to be a truly unique experience. And once you get back down, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your trip.

Visiting Edinburgh and Glasgow

If you have more than a day to spend in Scotland, you can also visit Edinburgh and Glasgow. These are two of the most popular cities in Scotland. While Edinburgh is more famous for its historical significance, Glasgow is famous for its music and culture. Both cities have plenty to offer. You can visit the Edinburgh Castle, which is one of the most important landmarks in the city. You can also visit the nearby Royal Mile, which is a popular shopping area. Another interesting place to visit in the city is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. If you visit during this period, you can see some of the world’s best theatre and comedy acts.

Drive along Loch Lomond

Another great way to unwind while in Scotland is to take a drive along the banks of Loch Lomond. This is one of the most famous lochs in the country and is just an hour away from Glasgow. If you are travelling in a group, you can rent a boat and go for a cruise on the loch. This is a truly unique experience you will remember for a long time to come. Alternatively, you can take a walk along the banks of the loch and go for a hike up one of the nearby hills. If you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend your time in Scotland, then you can’t go wrong with a drive along the banks of Loch Lomond.

Breathe, Stretch and Meditate

If you’re in a rush and don’t have enough time to go to a nearby forest, then you can practice some yoga poses or meditation. This can help you get back in touch with your body and focus on your breathing. You can also do some stretching poses and relax your muscles. You can do this while sitting on the grass or on the shore if you are near a lake. You can also go to a nearby yoga studio and try out some of their classes. This can be a great experience, especially if you are travelling alone. You will meet like-minded individuals and can make new friends in your new country.

 

Scotland is a great place to go if you want to get away from your everyday life and unplug from the daily grind. There are lots of beautiful areas where you can enjoy some fresh air, unspoiled landscapes, and tranquillity. With so many activities to choose from, you will not run out of things to do. Whether you want to relax by a nearby loch, stargaze at a nearby dark sky reserve, or visit nearby cities like Edinburgh or Glasgow, you will find something that will help you relax and unwind. With these activities, you will be able to recharge your batteries, get some perspective, and return home ready to take on the challenges of everyday life once more.

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