Visit Orkney Islands

The Orkney Islands, a mere forty minute flight north of Inverness, Scotland, are worlds apart from the mainland. They’re wild, rugged, and remote. Orkney comprises 70 islands, 20 of which are inhabited. Kirkwall, the island chain’s biggest town, has only 9,000 year-round residents, while Stromness, twenty minutes away, has 2,200. 75% of the population of…

Two Days in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital and largest city, is a bustling, cosmopolitan city. The Royal Mile, the main tourist strip that runs from Edinburgh Castle down to Holyrood Palace teems with locals, students, and tourists alike, each hurrying along the cobblestoned streets. There is plenty to do in this northern European capital, from viewing the Crown Jewels…

5 Things to do in Glasgow – Scotland

While Glasgow, Scotland may live in the shadow of its more well-known rival, Edinburgh, it certainly shines brighter than the capital.  But, Glasgow has not always been the jewel in Scotland’s crown.  For much of the 20th Century, it was a run-down, rough and tumble city with an industrial background and a high murder rate. …

The Outer Hebrides: a rugged west coast

The Outer Hebrides lie only 30 miles off the northwest coast of Scotland, a 130-mile long island chain stretching from Butt of Lewis to Vatersay.  With a population of around 28,000 people across over 15 inhabited islands, it’s not a crowded place.  In fact, few visitors to Scotland even get there.  The islands are a…

The Firelight And Feasting Of Scottish Christmas Tradition

Christmas day became an official public holiday relatively recently in Scotland. It was only in 1958 that it was recognised as such. Despite this, there are many Scottish festive traditions that stretch back historically as far as the 8th century Vikings and even the iron-age Celts. A lot of the Christmas rituals revolve around fire,…