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Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK
Whether you are in Edinburgh for the first time or you are a frequent visitor, a visit to the majestic Edinburgh Castle is a must. While the castle itself sits on the rugged dormant volcano dominating city's skyline, it's hard not to gaze through...
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21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, UK
Heading off the Royal Mile to find Greyfriar's Bobby, we passed this cafe that, by its name, I assumed was an Indian restaurant. But a closer look at the bottom of the main window stated that this was where the hero of Hogwarts was created. The...
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Lawnmarket, Lady Stair's Close, Edinburgh EH1 2PA, UK
Just off the Royal Mile after you go under an archway is the Writers Museum in Scotland's capital city. The museum honors three of the nation's finest writers - Robbie Burns, Robert L. Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. It is well worth a visit,...
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30-34 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QE, UK
Located across the street from the bar is a statue in honor of Greyfriars Bobby. Bobby was the name of a cute little Skye Terrier who has become legendary in the Scottish capital. When Bobby's master died, he was so sad and yet an obedient dog,...
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The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL, UK
From the flagship building with classics (Velázquez to Botticelli), to the Portrait Gallery (don't miss Ken Currie's haunting Three Oncologists), to the Gallery of Modern Art, Scotland's collection of artwork proves itself distinct from and no...
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Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, UK
History buffs should not miss this sprawling museum housed in adjacent ultramodern and classic Victorian buildings—the latter with a magnificent birdcage Great Hall. The monarchs of the auld nation are explained in exhibits, as is the movement of...
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19 W Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AA, UK
For many, this is the epitome of Edinburgh: refined, elegant but not over-the-top, Victoriana at its finest with spacious leather-upholstered booths, frosted glass windows and tile murals depicting great Scottish inventors. This venue is just the...
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36 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6QU, UK
The King's Wark follows an ancient tradition of hosting guests on this site: King James VI converted an old royal palace and arsenal (a wark is a fortification) into an inn for a pal named Bernard Lindsay. This structure is more recent (it was...
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74-78 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JR, UK
We ended our Edinburgh trip, suitably, at The Last Drop, which is in the heart of the Grassmarket. According to our host, The Last Drop is where prisoners would go to get their last drink of whiskey prior to being executed. From grassmarket.net:...
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Queen's Dr, Edinburgh EH8 8HG, UK
If you have an hour or two to spare in Edinburgh, Holyrood Park is a great outdoor activity. The park is so expansive and has many trails for a good walk, or if you're feeling particularly adventurous you can hike up the famous, and very steep,...
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155 West Port, Edinburgh EH3 9DP, UK
I spent one long afternoon at a large round table in the middle of Lovecrumbs, surrounded by locals and old friends, each indulging in a different cake served on a unique, vintage piece of china. The daily cake flavors ranged from orange-lavender...
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High St, Edinburgh EH1 1RE, UK
This beautiful cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, is located on High Street in Edinburgh. It has beautiful stained glass windows and two memorials.
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2-8 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
After college stopping by cheered up our whole group!
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435 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2NT, UK
The story goes that William Brodie, a skilled and respected artisan, was secretly a part-time burglar who used his stealings to fuel a gambling habit and manage his 2 mistresses and 5 children. His namesake pub, located on the Royal Mile, may seem...
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730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 0UE, UK
The Gaelic translation of Glasgow, Glaschu, literally means “dear green place”—an appropriate name for a city which boasts over 90 parks and gardens within its city boundaries. A fantastic example of this is the sprawling Botanic...
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Buchanan galleries, 220 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 2FF, UK
No matter which path you walk in the Victorian 85-acre Kelvingrove Park, you’ll find yourself in a lovely setting. The Stewart Memorial Fountain, built in the early 1870s, only comes on a few minutes sporadically throughout the day, but it’s worth...
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97 Buchanan St, Glasgow G1 3HF, UK
Architects and designers, students of the pursuit or just anyone with an eye for great design: the name Charles Rennie Mackintosh probably is held in high esteem in your world. The Glasgow architect and designer is celebrated around the world as...
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Castle St, Glasgow G4 0QZ, UK
One of the most spectacular religious buildings in Europe, it is no surprise that Glasgow's main cathedral has been the muse for some of Scotland's greatest literary minds. The building was memorably described by Sir Walter Scott in Rob Roy while...
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North St, Glasgow G3 7DN, UK
Distinguished by its green dome, the Mitchell Library is a true Glasgow icon. Not only that, but it is one of Europe's largest public libraries with over a million items in stock. The library includes a rare and specials collection and family and...
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Kylemore Abbey, Pollacappul, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Before reaching this incredible castle, you will be astounded by the beautiful pastures and lakes along the roadside. Lambs occasionally trot across allowing a great opportunity for photos. Upon reaching Kylemore, you will enter through a quaint...
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College Green, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, Ireland
The Book of Kells is an illustrated Latin manuscript of the four Gospels, probably written in the early ninth century. It's on display, along with other beautifully ornate manuscripts, in the Old Library of Trinity College, Dublin. The display is...
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St James's Gate, Ushers, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Best bar in the world? Debatable. Freshest Guinness on earth? No doubt. An expedition to the Gravity Bar at St. James's Gate, perched atop the venerated Guinness Storehouse, was the perfect way to cap our Irish escapades. The storehouse, including...
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Dame St, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Castle has played a key role in Ireland's history ever since it was founded by the Normans in the twelfth century, on the site of the original Viking harbor known as Black Pool. ("Dubhlinn" in Irish, this is where the city gets its name.)...
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16-18 Parliament St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 VR94, Ireland
Porterhouse is Dublin’s first (& one of the only) microbreweries. With nearly a dozen of their own beers on draft, plus an extensive list of bottles (including a weekly special imported from the U.S.!) this was such a great hidden gem in a city...
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Inchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08 RK28, Ireland
Two years ago I planned a trip to Dublin,Ireland. Just out of no where I came with the idea to go to Dublin. I went with 5 other friends more and o m g what a Hilarious week! The first thing we noticed was that the airport very small was even...
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St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
St Stephen's Green is a welcome spot of calm and green set in a Georgian square in the centre of Dublin. At around 20 acres, it's large enough to feel you have escaped the bustle, but not so large that you can't easily return to the fray once you...
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2, Bewley's Cafe, 78-79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, D02 K033, Ireland
Cold, damp days in Ireland call for places like Bewleys, where you can get a home-cooked meal and a cuppa. It was the best tea I had in Ireland, so much so that I bought some for myself and my mother to bring back to the States. We walked in and...
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Adare, Co. Limerick, V94 W8WR, Ireland
This castle was erected with an ancient ring-fort, around the early part of the 13th century. It became a strategic fortress during the following turbulent years. It was the property of the Earls of Kildare for nearly 300 years until the rebellion...
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Horn Head, Largatreany, Co. Donegal, Ireland
This short 13km drive is worth taking for the panoramic views of the northwest coast, stretching from the Rosguill Peninsula to the Bloody Foreland, and out to Tory Island to the north. There’s plenty of seabird life on the cliff ledges, with...
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Formoyle, Glencar, Co. Leitrim, Ireland
Definitely worth a visit when in Sligo. An easy drive down the N16 - it is a beautiful drive. The waterfall is an easy walk from the parking lot. There is also a hike up the mountain, but I didn't have time to check it out. If driving back to...
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Carrowmore Visitor Centre, Carrowmore, Co. Sligo, F91 E638, Ireland
Very close to Sligo, and worth a stop. Be sure to talk to one of the guides, who will enhance your visit a lot with the story of these areas.
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Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland
Fancy yourself a brave one, do ye? Aye, aye, then the Cliffs of Moher are right up your alley. Ireland's most popular tourist destination does not disappoint, though visiting during the middle of the day means you're going to have to share the...
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Derrybawn, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Glendalough, or Gleann Dá Loch in Irish (which means “valley of two lakes”), is a quiet, picturesque valley near the Wicklow Mountains. Its 6th-century monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin is one of the most...
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15 Merrion Row, Dublin, Ireland
O'Donoghue's Bar, which dates back to the eighteenth century, is arguably the most famous pub in Dublin for traditional Irish music. The bar is lively, rammed with a mainly—but by no means exclusively—local crowd, and has a great, welcoming...