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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Dads Birthday Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel (Edinburgh) : Review

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh
Princes Street
Edinburgh, EH1 2AB

V: 5th September 2020


Wanted to post this a while ago, but had a few priority things to post so finally here it is.

The past week I have had bad news followed by more bad news, and this same week it was my dads birthday….just all bad timing.

We booked this ages ago, as the last time we were here we loved it and thought my dad would like it to….and we couldn’t wait to go back.

The afternoon tea was served in “Peacock Alley” which has a great atmosphere for Afternoon Tea, catchups or even private meetings.

Menu

To save me typing it up, here is the pic

How good does this sound? just reading it made my mouth water.

The Afternoon Tea

As you saw from the above photo, it sounded amazing! and we all couldnt wait till it came out.

As you can see the presentation was really good.

The food from start to finish was perfect! it was the perfect amount and everything was very very tasty.

The best part which I really love is they gave clotted cream with the scones, this is the only way scones jam and cream should be served……top marks here!!!!

  • Presentation : 5
  • Flavour : 5
  • Value For Money : 5
  • Overall : 5

Visit Overall :

Another amazing visit, and my dad really enjoyed it.

I cant fault this in anyway, everything was fresh tasty and the whole time spent there was so relaxing.

The staff were very helpful, friendly and attentive.

If you havent tried here for Afternoon Tea, you have to check it out as I promise you that you wont be disappointed.

Review Scores –

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5

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Tonic at Home Cocktails – In The Comfort of Your Own Home!: Review

GIFTED


The guys over at Tonic at Home wanted me to try some of their cocktails in my home, so they sent me their cocktail package and I couldnt wait to try them.

They do deliveries in Edinburgh and Glasgow (specific days and postcode) so just keep watching what days if you are going to order from them.

About Tonic at home

Bringing Edinburgh’s best cocktails – to the comfort of your own home!

Just place your order below and our team will put all their expertise into perfect little cocktail pockets ready for you to shake up and sip back. Shake along at home with an empty jam jar – or go all out and purchase a shaker!

Each individual cocktail is vacuum pack sealed and will keep fresh when refrigerated for at least 3 weeks – or you can even pop it in the freezer as soon as it arrives.

7 Cocktails, £6 each

The cocktails

As you saw from the above photo there are many cocktails for you to try, and they do more than what I was sent just visit https://tonicathome.co.uk/collections/cocktails for a full list.

Now on to the cocktails….

Strawberry Daiquiri

I started with the Strawberry Daiquiri, and just like the packet says it was super easy to prepare.

I had to find a fancy glass in the house, so I could have a nice wee cocktail at home.

WOW this packed amazing flavour and am not just saying that, it was very very very nice and tasty!!

I really loved the flavour of this, and I could have easily had a second…and maybe a third

This one is a solid 5/5 for me.

Pina Colada Daiquiri

So after having the first one, and really loved it I had to prepare another one and this is the one I choose.

Just like the first the preparation was very easy, instructions super simple and it smelled so good….now the tasting time

Ok so I am not just saying that because these were sent to me, but WOW really WOW they are full of flavour and so so so delicious.

This one is a solid 5/5 for me.

Pornstar Martini

This was my drink of choice a few years back, and I could easily have many of these. It was easy to drink, and had great flavour so I couldn’t wait to try this one.⠀

This was just as good as I remembered, the flavour mmmm so so good!⠀

This brought back so many memories, and just like then I could have easily had more of these.

Espresso Martini

My second cocktail of choice ages ago was this one, and it just depended on how I was feeling that night if I wanted something sweet or this coffee cocktail.⠀

The smell of this was too good to be true, I could have easily smelt it for a while but it did have to be tried so…on to the tasting.⠀

WOW perfection! That’s all I can really say if you like Espresso Martini’s then this one is for you and you will LOVE this.

A solid 5/5

Starburst Martini⠀

This was a new one for me, and I didn’t really know what to think on how it would taste….maybe very sweet? Well it was time to find out.⠀

The smell of this was very nice, and very sweet which was perfect for me as I have sweet tooth so I couldn’t wait to try this.

This was very interesting, not as sweet as I thought it would be but still had a really nice flavour

This is one I would try again, as the more I had the more I liked it 🙂

There’s No Place Like Tonic

I have never heard of this one, so it was my last one and I couldn’t wait to try it.⠀

It smelled very very good, but how did it taste?⠀

This was very smooth and had a really good mango flavour mmmm it was perfection in a glass and another one I could have easily had more than just one off.⠀

This was another 5 out of 5

Overall :

Note : Just because this was gifted, that has not influenced my thoughts in any way. The above is a 100% honest review of the cocktails.

Firstly a big thanks to the guys for these amazing cocktails, all of them tasted amazing and I could have easily had double 🙂

Every single one of these cocktails was easy to prepare, smelled and tasted really good and I loved how you got the extra garnish to make them look great to.

These cocktails are mega tasty and I highly recommend their service! give the guys a message and order some and let me know what you think.

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