Places to visit in Scotland (Part 1)

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This year I started to see more and more of Scotland, many parts that I never thought to visit I now have seen and would love to visit again.

I now have a Scottish travel bug, and want to see more and more as its really opened my eyes to how beautiful everything is….more so the more north you go.

I have specifically added “Part 1” to the title as this post is my recommendations that I have seen so far that I would love you to visit too.

Once I have visited more parts of Scotland I will do a part 2.

Finnich Glen (Devils Pulpit)

A friend recommended the Devils Pupit to me, and showed me these amazing photos so I had to add it to my list.

Here is somewhere you want to visit on a sunny dry day, as it will just add to the whole experience of the views.

This location has also featured in Outlander Season 1.

My first tip is car share, there isn’t really any great place to park here. I was lucky there was a small area that could hold a max of 5 cars apart from that, you will have to park far away or risk getting a ticket.

My second tip, expect to get wet if you want to explore! and the water can get cold.

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Edinburgh

Just around 1 hours drive from Glasgow or under 1 hour by train, Edinburgh is a place I like to visit every now and then.

Edinburgh has the Castle which till this day I have not been inside, the reason for that is mostly down to cost. For me there are other castles that I can visit for less than what you would pay for here….but if your visiting and have limited time then it is worth the money.

My top tip is get lost, go up and down the side streets, back streets and find all the little stores and amazing wee streets it will make your visit to Edinburgh much more memorable than just staying on the main street and walking up to the castle for the view.

Glasgow

Since this is my home city I couldn’t not mention Glasgow.

Just like what I said for Edinburgh, go up and down the side streets, take everything in and see the sights and shops.

My biggest tip that most tour guides don’t even mention, is when walking about Glasgow don’t just look straight a head look up! yes as the architecture of some of the buildings are amazing at the top.

My top places to visit :

  • City Centre
  • West End
  • Botanic Gardens
  • George Square
  • The Lighthouse (for the view from the top)
  • The Tall Ship
  • Transport Museum

There are many places but these ones are probably a must for your first visit.

Loch Ness (Inverness)

Right lets get your big question out the way first, unfortunately when I visited Loch Ness I…..didn’t see Nessy.

When I visited here I did a short cruise…I think it lasted for less then an hour.

It was really nice to go out on Loch Ness and take in the surroundings and the amazing views.

Glencoe

When I stood where the two photos above were taken, the view took my breath away.

Glencoe is just breathtaking, this is when you realise how beautiful Scotland is and you might get a wee thought of “ohh I wonder if I could hike that” but if you do get that thought please only do that if you know what you are doing or go with a group.

Glencoe is also where a scene was filmed in the James Bond film Skyfall, if your into your movies and want to see locations then here is another one off your list if you visit.

Arisaig

There isnt much in Arisaig but there is this lovely little beach.

I was lucky to visit here on a nice sunny day, which made it even nicer to walk on the sand and take a wee walk in the sea.

Glenfinnan

Are you a Harry Potter fan? then this is a place to visit so you can see the famous bridge that they pass over which is called “Glenfinnan Viaduct”

Unfortunately you cant get too close to the bridge, but you do get some amazing views.

If you want you can go to Mallaig and get on the steam train that goes over this bridge, I did that and it is worth the money and it takes you to Fort William.

Overall :

As I said these are some of the places I have visited, and if you plan on visiting Scotland I would recommend you take some time out to visit.

Stay tuned for part 2.


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Short breaks in Glasgow is a foodies paradise


Since I am from Glasgow, I thought I would give you ideas of places to visit, restaurants to try while you take a short break in Glasgow.

It doesn’t matter if you already stay in Glasgow, or are traveling here. Glasgow is bursting at the scenes and is a foodies paradise.

Are you into architecture or museums? A foodie or a sightseer? let me help you plan your perfect staycation with my guide for the top things to see and top places to eat in Glasgow.

When you have a short break in Glasgow, expect culture and shopping-filled days with fun nights watching live music and chatting to friendly locals in the pub or clubs. Glasgow has something for everyone. From the great architecture, vibrant culture, to our amazingly tasty food and drink scene.

Only less than an hour by train from Glasgow, Edinburgh, the cityโ€™s architecture alone is a good reason to plan a Glasgow city break

Places To visit on your Glasgow Short break

There are many places to visit in Glasgow, best staycation ideas can be found right here in Glasgow

I could be here all day typing them all up but here are some of my top spots that I recommend on your UK Staycation you try and visit.

If you have been here, do let me know what you thought in the comments below this post.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Entry Cost : FREE

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Muโ€‹seum is Glasgow’s most visited attraction.โ€‹ 

It has many rooms and attractions for you to see, and I highly recommend you take your time and take in all the paintings etc as the details are amazing.

While you are here why not check out the park thats right next to it, its a great big park and very relaxing and enjoyable to walk about. I have done this many times, when I used to stay in the West End and prior to that pop over and visit.

The Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel

Glasgow transport museum is a very cool place to visit, it has many items on display and even includes a street thats themed to look very old.

I also recommend you take a walk out the back, and take a visit on the Tall ship.

This does cost money to go onboard, but its worth every penny as you get to see on deck an below deck which is really interesting to see.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Situated in the West End, this is a lovely place to take a walk around the Botanics and go inside and see all the amazing and wonderful plants.

You will see so many new species of plants etc its a great experience and one for all the family.

Glasgow City Centre

Glasgow city centre, is loaded with businesses and many cafes, restaurants, pubs and great shops.

Take a walk along the streets, visit Buchanan Street and see all the great shops there. Take a walk to George Square and see the statues, you will never bored in Glasgow as there is so much to see and do.

Glasgow West End

Glasgow West End is a great place to visit, as you have seen from above you have the Museum, the Botanics plus many great wee cafes, restaurants and other little shops.

I loved to walk about the shops here, and also walk in Kelvingrove park….sometimes even just sitting on the grass and enjoying the day and atmosphere.

Restaurants To Visit

Since I am a Glasgow food blogger, I couldnt not mention a few good places to visit.

Again just like places to visit, there are so many amazing places to eat. Just because they are not on my list, doesnt mean they are bad, so please dont miss any out.

Glasgow

GLASGOW, East END

Glasgow, West End

Overall :

When planning your UK Staycation, either get a notepad or use a spreadsheet and sit and plan it out.

Start with your top must see places, or must eat places then followed by a “if we have time we will see or visit x” this way your enjoying your staycation and not feeling rushed to make sure you tick off everything on your list….if you don’t then just have another staycation ๐Ÿ™‚


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Bagging my 3rd (Ben Narnain) and 4th Munro (Ben Chonzie)


I couldnt stop at 2 Munro’s I wanted to see how many I could do, and I managed to bag 4 Munro’s in a month which is good going for me.

See my previous post here to see what my first two Munro’s were.

My 3rd Munro was Ben Narnain (926M (3,038 FT)

For me this was probably the hardest out the 4, as there were parts you had to climb more and it felt steeper but that could have just been me.

At one part near the start I will admit I nearly gave up, as I have been going through a rough patch recently and it hit me very hard all the emotions etc, plus the day I was doing this I should have been celebrating something else which sadly I wasn’t.

The people I was with, gave me lots of support and I found the strength in the them and in me to go onward and upwards.

I was so glad that I did as the view from the top, plus the feeling of achieving another Munro was amazing. I would have preferred to celebrate the other thing, but this was the next best thing.

My 4th Munro was Ben Chonzie (931m (3,054 ft)

After experiencing Ben Narnain this got me to mentally prepare and be ready for anything, as they were all different so far.

This was an interesting one, firstly the route there was a long narrow winding road and this had a path for about 80% of it.

The first 60% was a nice little walk then you started to feel the incline, and then it was marsh to the top. Today as you will see from the photos below, was very cloudy so I knew not to expect a great view but hey it was still my 4th Munro.

This Munro was my first where I actually had the correct gear, as the previous ones I wore my jeans and didn’t have gaiters etc but this one all my gear arrived and worked well ๐Ÿ™‚

I enjoyed this one as it was more of a walk than climb, as it allowed me to just focus on where I was going rather than many things at once.

I will need to get some new hiking boots, but for now these ones will be fine.


Chat to me on here via the comments below, or on my Twitter or Instagram and let me know if you have been here. I want to hear from you so lets have a wee chat ๐Ÿ™‚

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