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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How To Plan Your Dream Holiday And Turn It Into A Reality

For many people, travel plans were put on hold for the majority of 2020 as the world faced a global pandemic. If you had big travel plans for this year, you may have cancelled them or rescheduled to go on holiday further down the line when some kind of normality resumes and things are much safer and to avoid travel stress.

One thing to come out of a global pandemic is that it put everything into perspective and made many people realise what they want out of life, and that might mean travelling more in the future. If you have big holiday dreams that you want to turn into a reality when the pandemic is over, there’s no reason why you can’t start planning them now. Here are some tips to get you started.

Decide where you want to go

Some people already have a dream destination in mind but if you don’t that’s completely fine. You can always do some research into destinations that intrigue you. It may be that you want to do a few destinations at once and pack as much into your trip as possible. If your holiday dreams involve a two week all-inclusive in the Maldives taking in the white sands and crystal clear water, or an epic cross-country road trip along the historic Route 66 in America, then you will need to seriously consider how you will afford it as they are anything but cheap.

Work out how you will afford it

Dream holidays truly are once in a lifetime and people will likely want to be more adventurous going forward. While you can start saving up for such a lavish holiday, it could take years. There are other options like loans without a guarantor or using a credit card specifically to fund your holiday. Only consider these options if you know you will be able to repay them though.

Research flights, hotels, and activities

Even if you are not going any time soon, you can still research and look into things now so you have a rough estimate of how much it’s likely to set you back. The hotel and flight situation could change between now and when you go, but it’s more so you know the sort of prices you are dealing with. You can plan the activities you’d like to do while you are there and put these into a document or spreadsheet which will make it easier to plan when you eventually go.

Don’t forget to check the weather

If you haven’t been on holiday for a while, you may just be waiting for the right time when it’s safe to book and end up booking the quickest flight there. But bear in mind the weather of the destination you’re heading to, as you won’t want to visit your dream holiday when it’s off-season and it could potentially ruin your travel plans. 

These are just a few things you need to remember when planning your dream holiday. Hopefully, you will get to visit your chosen destination soon enough.


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Eliminate Travel Stress With These 6 Tips

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Going on an adventure should be anything but stressful. You save up all year to go travelling, and you can’t wait for the opportunity to forget work for a couple of weeks and relax in a beautiful location. But sometimes, the process of taking a holiday creates a lot more anxiety than expected.

There is so much to think about when planning a big trip. You have to book the time off work, make hotel reservations, buy plane tickets, and keep everything within your limited budget. And then there are the unexpected issues when things go wrong. Flights get delayed, you miss your connection, or you forget to pack your phone charger. All these logistical hurdles and little mishaps can add up, and sometimes you end your holiday desperate to return to the simplicity of everyday life.

But this shouldn’t be the case. Travelling the world should be an opportunity to explore the world, experience new foods and cultures, meet new people, and take part in adventurous activities you’d normally never dream of. It should let you relax and destress from the pressures and deadlines of your job and help you take care of your mental health.

To help you avoid any unforeseen disasters on your next adventure, and reduce the logistical challenges of planning the trip, here are six excellent tips for eliminating travel stress.

Plan your itinerary

By creating a detailed plan and itinerary for your trip, you will reduce the likelihood of things going wrong, and eliminate a lot of travel-related stress. The process of getting to your destination is often the most stressful, so draw up a detailed itinerary of where you need to be and when to make sure you don’t miss your flight. Give yourself a comfortable routine so the trip will have a bit more structure, and you’ll be better prepared to deal with any unexpected that might arise. Book travel, accommodation, and activities well in advance to save you worrying about making reservations at the last minute.

Create a budget

Minimising your travel costs is another common cause of stress, as you always end up spending more than planned on holiday. Minimise unnecessary expenditure by creating and sticking to a budget. This will allow you to keep track of all your spending and give you an idea of your daily allowance.

Schedule some downtime

Your holiday is a time for rest and relaxation, and you will need some downtime in order to wind down and give yourself a break. Although you will no doubt want to explore your new environment and do some sightseeing, try to schedule some leisure time into your itinerary. Put your feet up by the pool with a cocktail, hit the sauna at the hotel spa, or curl up on a remote corner of the beach with a good book. This will be hugely beneficial for your mental health, and all the stresses of planning your trip will soon fade away.

Give yourself extra time

Worrying about missing your flight can cause a lot of anxiety, If you’re late for takeoff, your whole holiday is ruined, and you probably won’t be able to get your money back. Don’t be that person who arrives at the airport with just minutes to spare. Aim to get there with a few hours buffer, so you won’t be caught out if you get stuck in traffic or have problems going through security. It doesn’t matter if you get there early; just find somewhere to grab a coffee and read a book while you wait.

Eliminate risk

With any big trip, there is always a chance that something could go wrong. And it’s often out of your control. Your car might break down on the way to the airport, you’ll get struck down with food poisoning, or you’ll have your wallet stolen in a dodgy part of town. There’s often nothing you could have done when these things go wrong, but you can still take steps to minimise the risk. Consider the most likely things to go wrong and take action to resolve them. This might mean taking your car in for a service and getting a replacement for your worn out rims and tyres. You might also need to do some research and find out which poor-quality restaurants and unsavoury areas you should avoid.

Plan for your return

As the end of your trip approaches, it’s common to start feeling stressed by the prospect of going back to work. Try to make your trip end on a high point by planning something to look forward to upon your return. Make some fun plans with a friend or have something delicious in the freezer to heat up when you get back.


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