Food: Local favourites include the national dish haggis with mashed potatoes and turnip. Cullen skink is a soup served with fresh toasted bread, comprising of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions, is a local speciality of the town of Cullen in the North-East. Get a steak pie or the popular fish and chips from any one of the numerous takeaway chips shops. And for dessert, try cranachan, which is a delectable mix of honey, whisky-soaked oats and raspberries.Suggested stay:
Squeeze in a day or more for these festivals – Edinburgh International Film Festival (15th to 26th June), Gardening Scotland (3rd to 5th June), The Moonwalk (11th June), Royal Highland Show (23rd to 26th June)
Things to Do: Get a taste of the local food movement at the Edinburgh Larder. Feast on Scottish hog roast at Oink and drink one of 200 whiskies at The Devil’s Advocate.Visit the Portobello Beach, the Turkish Baths and the Golf courses.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes place over a period of 12 days and is another reason to visit Edinburgh this June. While summer here is bustling with tourists, the inexpensive food, drinks and other activities in Edinburgh make up for it.
Take this day to explore the cliffs of Edinburgh or visit the Arthurs seat. Its a lot of walk, but a good change to basic touristy things. You can also check out the Holyrood Palace and the Botanical Gardens. If you are a potter fan, YOU HAVE TO GO The Elephant House, the place where JK Rowling started writing Harry Potter. They also sell a painted postcard of the author sitting in a quaint corner writing the book. The whole of Victoria Street gives major HP feels and can surely be your drinking place for the evening. Also give The Devils Advocate a try. A very English pub with some great food and music.
EDINBURGHGetting there : Take a bus from the Inverness station to Edinburgh. The distance from Inverness to Edinburgh is really short like about 4 hours or so.Where to stay : Castle Rock Hostel. (Highly recommended) costs bout £30.Things to do : Edinburgh is vintagly pretty. It has its own old city charm with very artistic architecture. You can walk around the whole city, and that is really fun. Also, Edinburgh is called Edinburraahh. Did the inner Punjabi in you just do the burraahh? The mighty Edinburgh Castle is a must visit. If you are staying at the above mentioned Hostel, this castle is just on the opposite street. It roughly takes about 3-4 hours to see the castle in its whole splendid awe. Spend your evening with a view at the Royal Yacht Britannia, the royal vessel of the Queen. This place has Scotch/Whiskey museum. NO KIDDING. And, this is going to be the best time of your life. You can try local malts and shop for the finest whiskey. Also, eateries serve really nice whiskey cheese cake. Edinburgh is home to a lot of street plays and activities. The Fringe is a famous art festival, which I got to witness during my stay there. You can go climbing the Scott Monument if you want to get a whole view of the city. Its a 200 step steep tower which rewards you with a certificate after climbing, so YEP.
We reached Edinburgh in the afternoon and after checking in the B & B decided to explore the city. They were conversant with the culture, tipping etiquette and everything else in UK and graciously let me tag along with them :). They very much reminded me of my younger sister and her husband and I was so glad to be in their company.
After a fill of history, scotch and scrumptious food, keep the last day on the Scotland itinerary to relax and enjoy a slow pace. Take a train from Inverness to Glasgow (it will take about 3 and a half hours). Once there, spend the day taking in the sights and sounds of the city.Read More
After a fill of history, scotch and scrumptious food, keep the last day on the Scotland itinerary to relax and enjoy a slow pace. Take a train from Inverness to Glasgow (it will take about 3 and a half hours). Once there, spend the day taking in the sights and sounds of the city.
GLASGOW :Where to stay : Euro Hostel Glasgow. Costed roughly £15 per night.One day is pretty much enough for Glasgow. Major points of interest includes People's Palace and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Botanical Garden. Everything is pretty much located within the vicinity and can be done in a day. I highly suggest end the day by the riverside for typical Scottish musicals by local musicians and some great food.
We are up and ready to catch our train to Glasgow at 6.45am. It's about 4 hours journey from Inverness to Glasgow, the train was on time and we reach Glasgow around 11am. Glasgow is one of the biggest industrial town of Britain, it's got the characteristic of any other city, so i would not say there is anything special about Glasgow. There are some monuments and heritage structures which can be explored and as always we preferred to walk around the city to explore these sites.We reached a open garden and it started raining here, it wasn't surprising, as in Britain it can rain anytime round the year, so it is suggested to carry windsheaters with you, for us this was the only time it rained. We took shelter under a big tree and me and Wifey took out our beer cans and started sipping on some beer. When it stopped drizzling, we walked ahead and reached a beautiful museum, which showcased the absolute history of Glasgow. It was quite a good experience knowing the city so well.After the museum we walked through the market of Glasgow and finally we decided to reach the train station as we had a train to catch to go to the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. Trains leave at an interval of every 15 minutes from Glasgow to Edinburgh. We reached Edinburgh at around 2.30 in the afternoon, we were not really very hungry so we decided to pick up some sandwiches to eat. It was suggested by friends to explore Edinburgh, so we decided to take this special city tour bus. We paid 20 Pounds per person for this double-decker city tour bus which had open roof tops and it takes you on a 1 hour city tour with a recorded voice talking to you about the monument or place you are passing through.
I had a conference at Glasgow. So that's where my trip began. I started off there visiting all the beautiful places in Glasgow – Kelvingrove museum, Glasgow uni, Sauchiehall Street (most happenin' place in Glasgow).
It is the largest city in Scotland. A city with history ,it has a character of its own. A little different from the metropolitan cities elsewhere but also similar in a lot of ways. It reminds one of a bygone era and at the same time keeps them in the present.
Source Lighthouse - overviewing Glasgow
Author Maciej Żytniewski from Galway, Ireland
Days 12 to 14There are two ways to look at my stay in Inverness. One way is to focus on the negativity that permeates this entire town and its people, to the extent that as a solo traveller I began getting worried about my safety even while having a sip of coffee during the day. The other way is to remember that in this same town are people who stood up to those acting weird and helped me out. So, in many ways, Inverness proved to be a metaphor for life in Britain, for tourists, travellers and ‘immigrants’. Now, what remains to be seen is which side will reach the so-called ‘critical mass’ and tip the balance for or against bigotry masquerading as nationalism and paranoia and violent opportunism posing as tribalism and ‘closed border’ policies.Read More
Days 12 to 14There are two ways to look at my stay in Inverness. One way is to focus on the negativity that permeates this entire town and its people, to the extent that as a solo traveller I began getting worried about my safety even while having a sip of coffee during the day. The other way is to remember that in this same town are people who stood up to those acting weird and helped me out. So, in many ways, Inverness proved to be a metaphor for life in Britain, for tourists, travellers and ‘immigrants’. Now, what remains to be seen is which side will reach the so-called ‘critical mass’ and tip the balance for or against bigotry masquerading as nationalism and paranoia and violent opportunism posing as tribalism and ‘closed border’ policies.
INVERNESSGetting there : There are buses going to Inverness everyday from the main station of Glasgow to InvernessWhere to stay : Inverness Tourist Hostel. Costed roughly £12 per night.Things to do : Inverness is legit the star location of Scotland. Every goddamn story about Scottish highlands to exotic locations, everything is on Inverness. And, yeah you can go monster searching at Lochness. Cool no?
We reach Inverness in Scotland at 6am in the morning and our first priority was to look for a B&B (Bed & Breakfast) as we had decided to stay overnight in Inverness. B&B is basically a house were you get a room to stay overnight with breakfast. The charges may range between 30-50 Pounds depending on the facilities available; bargaining is not really a possibility as these places go full round the year. After checking out some 5-6 places we settled for a place very close to the train station as we had a train next day morning at 7.30 am to Glasgow. The place we stayed was owned by a lady, who had a huge dog;). She offered us a nice cozy room for 50 pounds a night. The overnight train journey was very relaxing and we had a good sleep to, so we were all fresh and ready for our day ahead in Inverness. The lady of the house offered us our morning breakfast; we had a nice hot water bath and were out to explore the city by 9 am.Inverness is a city in northern Scotland and it's the northern most city in United Kingdom. It was a beautiful day and again we decided to walk around the city instead of taking the bus tour. Our first stop was a castle just 5 mins away from our B&B, it was a short uphill climb to the castle and we could see the cityscape from here. After a small photo shoot around the castle, we walked to the main Inverness city. The city is very well planned around the river Lochness. We walk around the main city market, doing a lot of window shopping and a little bit of grocery shopping i.e. for water, beer, chips & chocolates.
Bref notre nouvelle voiture nous attends à Iverness donc on trace là bas doucement...
comme d'hab histoire de profiter des highlands et des paysages.
On récupère notre voiture on mange on visite un peu et hop go to ullapool
Ahh the drive to Inverness from Edinburgh to meet dear Nessie - again, Scotland is best enjoyed on the roads! Inverness is a beautiful tiny town attracting tourists for being home to many Lochs (or Lakes) around the highlands including the famed and mysterious Loch Ness Monster.
Day One there we went up to Urquhart Castle (or rather the ruins of ti) set on the banks of Loch Ness. Lounged around the sprawling lawns in front of the castle after a quick tour of the ruins. While the ruins itself wouldn't take you more than 45-60 mins to cover, we ended up spending over two hours there simply because every point of the Castle offered a breathtaking view.
Day Two we drove further high up to Isle of Skyye - there are multiple viewpoints / tourist spots ther. We had shortlisted Neist Point and Fairy Pools. We did a mini trek up to the Fairy Pools, and there are no words to describe how that experience was. I think it remains my favorite place in Scotland. But because the weather was still quite wet, and it took us much longer in the drive - we had to skip Neist Point altogether.
Day Three was of course a tour of the distilleries - we picked Glenfiddich and Benromach. First a well known fairly organized and commercial tour, while the latter being a much smaller (smallest distillery in Speyside region they say) more intimate tour. Both tours were quite fulfilling with animated guides and some great tasting tips.
This was a good place to explore the town and the general atmosphere . I bought some stuff here and it was also a stopover in the journey for changing trains. A walk through the streets, a visit to the castle and a bit of peeping into the daily life of the place and some memories to cherish for future. It was a fun experience and little things combined which stay etched in memory for a long time.